A week ago, Renee Zellweger wrote a “scathing” essay at HuffPo in which she attempted to deny that she had undergone any plastic surgery, and I’m not sure anyone really bought it. Now, I do think she had a point that we focus too much on the appearances of women in media, but at the same time it’s like, you’re a major public figure, of COURSE people are going to notice. She doesn’t owe the public anything, but to deny seems weird?
Interestingly enough, HuffPo ALSO published a “counterpoint” op-ed called “I’m Not An Awful Person For Wondering About Renee Zellweger’s Face.” You can read it here. My favorite part:
But [Zellweger’s essay] annoyed me because I’m sick of being told that if you walk into a room — or in this case, onto the red carpet in 2014 — looking like a totally different person from the last time I saw you, I’m morally bereft for wondering what the hell happened to your face. It’s not OK to be nasty or cruel, but most people are just trying to make sense of what they’re looking at. And you don’t get to tell them they don’t have that right.
What’s with this weird argument people keep making that it’s somehow anti-woman or anti-feminist, when faced with a dramatically changed appearance that looks very much like it’s due to cosmetic surgery, to do anything other than pretend you don’t notice anything? Isn’t the opposite — pretending people’s appearances just magically change for no reason — actually the anti-woman thing to do? To act like rich people’s wrinkles just disappear? Like their lips get plumper and their thighs thinner by magic?
Bottom line, Renee doesn’t really look like herself. And the new Bridget Jones’ Baby is kind of pushed to the side because of this. Good thing? Bad thing? Critics are panning the movie, so you can be the judge.