Anne Hathaway most hated actress: Why?
Here is a recent headline from CNN: “Why you love to hate Anne Hathaway.” The article states that hating Anne Hathaway has become a national pastime.
This is news? Really? How this is passed off as legitimate reporting is beyond me. It’s misogynist and pointless drivel by celebrity haters. The article states the following: “All the elements for a grand love affair with Anne Hathaway are there: the adorable pixie cut, the large, luminous dark eyes, the successful career that literally began with a fairy tale. But be honest. She kind of bugs you, doesn’t she?”
Another article by Daniel D’Addario called “Anne Hathaway: Hollywood’s most polarizing star” from Salon.com claims that the public hates her because she’s “too good to be true.” She has that “steely sort of ambition that bleeds through Hathaway’s teeth-gritted performances and her exuberant interviews.” Wow, that’s harsh. Her haters even have a name: “Hathahaters.”
The Salon.com article claims that there’s a scientific reason why America is having a vehement reaction against Anne Hathaway. Psychology professor Terry Pettijohn is quoted as saying that “when times are good we prefer actresses with rounder faces. They convey these ideas of fun and youth.” Hathaway’s “mature” face “suggests she would be popular when times are more challenging.”
But it gets worse. In the wake of 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis being called a horrifying expletive by the Onion on Twitter, we have Buzzfeed’s Jack Moore tweeting a vulgar reference about Anne Hathaway and claiming that this is the mindset of every woman in America: “And what the Onion missed is that it’s Anne Hathaway who’s the real (expletive). Right EVERY WOMAN ON THE INTERNET?”
So crass. I love it when guys who have no clue claim to speak on behalf of me and every other American woman, and speaking frankly, I have a few choice expletives for him. But I like to think that I have class in my social media interactions, so I won’t go there.
Anne Hathaway is a woman who just won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for “Les Misérables.” She’s never been to rehab, had a sex video go viral, or anything else the tabloid trash is famous for. She’s a role model, one I’d be happy to have my daughter look up to. And yet she’s hated just for existing. She has always reminded me of Audrey Hepburn, who never suffered this kind of hostility.
I don’t get it.
Quvenzhané Wallis: What did she do wrong?
Don’t get me started on Quvenzhané Wallis. The little girl was called a horrifying expletive by the Onion on Twitter. Every mother in America was having a heart attack when she read the vulgar statement about an innocent 9-year-old girl whose rise to stardom has been nothing less than phenomenal. She is the youngest nominee ever for the Best Actress Academy Award for her performnce in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” but unfortunately she’ll be remembered as much for this as for the controversy surrounding the vulgar name The Onion called her.
Recently I wrote a piece about Oscar fashions, and in my research I found it very difficult to find anything about Quvenzhané Wallis’ Oscar dress–only articles and posts about the horrendous name she had been called. How very sad. The Onion has apologized, but it should have known better. It was just plain cruel.
Taylor Swift: America’s sweetheart vilified
The Onion was at it again in January 2013, attacking another “good” girl, Taylor Swift. The media has bestowed another title on America’s sweetheart: “serial dater.” Yet that wasn’t enough for the Onion, which created a spoof claiming that her new love interest was James Holmes, the mass murderer guilty of the horrific Aurora, Colorado, theater shootings.
Taylor Swift enjoys dating. So does almost every woman her age. Yes, she does write songs about her exes, like “We are never ever getting back together.” But in my book, the woman is a saint. She has supported causes from art education to children’s literacy and has donated enormous sums to help victims of natural disasters and many other causes. In addition, she’s used her celebrity to bring awareness to important issues like combatting LGBT discrimination, hate crimes, and bullying. She doesn’t deserve to be associated with a monster like Holmes.
Let them say I have no sense of humor. But I have to ask: is America really a society of haters? Or is it just a chosen few within the media who have a powerful voice, speak the loudest, and are heard? The negative side of social media is that it makes it easier than ever to spread hate. Yes, these are celebrities, but they are good caring people who have risen to the top of their craft.
What bothers me the most is the blatant sexism from these celebrity haters, and the double standard. When are men ever attacked for the shapes of their faces, for having ambition, or for dating too much?
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