He had a problem with her plastic surgery.
32-year-old A-lister Anne Hathaway recently revealed she is losing roles to younger actresses, prompting the Forbes article, “At 32, Is Anne Hathaway Already Too Old to be a Movie Star?” Hathaway is just another example of how talented women are easily discarded by the film industry, forcing many to resort to plastic surgery just to prolong their careers. One actress whose been viciously critiqued for having work done is the 47-year-old star of the upcoming Bridget Jones’s Baby, Renée Zellweger.
Zellweger was recently scrutinized by Variety film critic Owen Gleiberman in an article entitled, “Renée Zellweger: If She No Longer Looks Like Herself, Has She Become a Different Actress?” In the article, Gleibman calls out Zellweger for her cosmetic surgery saying, “Celebrities, like anyone else, have the right to look however they want, but the characters they play become part of us. I suddenly felt like something had been taken away,” Gleiberman wrote. “I didn’t stare at the actress and think: She doesn’t look like Renée Zellweger. I thought: She doesn’t look like Bridget Jones! Oddly, that made it matter more.”
Gleiberman’s critique of Zellweger’s appearance should have been aimed directly at Hollywood for forcing women to resort to face-changing procedures in order to keep their jobs. Instead, he refers to Zellweger as a victim from “Invasion of the Face Snatchers.” But his words didn’t fall on deaf ears, outspoken actress Rose McGowan came to Zellweger’s aid with a sharp-tongued critique of Gleiberman’s article which was published in The Hollywood Reporter today.
Here’s an excerpt of McGowan’s piece. You can read all of it at HollywoodReporter.com.
How dare you bully a woman who has done nothing but try to entertain people like you. Her crime, according to you, is growing older in a way you don’t approve of. Who are you to approve of anything? What you are doing is vile, damaging, stupid and cruel. It also reeks of status quo white-male privilege. So assured are you in your place in the firmament that is Hollywood, you felt it was OK to do this. And your editors at Variety felt this was more than OK to run.