Eva Longoria Slams Sydney Morning Herald Writer Jenna Clarke For Claiming She Only Wears Glasses To “Shill”
Eva Longoria is slamming Jenna Clarke, the lifestyle editor at the Sydney Morning Herald, for falsely claiming the actress doesn’t need glasses, and is only wearing them to promote an endorsement deal.
In a story published online Sunday entitled “The Goss: Why Eva Longoria’s shilling is shameful,” Clarke wrote Longoria was “in town representing a budget eyewear chain, but according to photographers that have been snapping her for close to 15 years — she doesn’t wear spectacles.” The writer said she “investigated” and only found “two photos of her ever spotted wearing glasses outside the house, oh and the few occasions she was seen looking uncomfortable and unsteady wearing a pair around Sydney this week.” The piece went on to accuse Longoria of “selling out.”
The actress, however, fired back on Monday night with an epic open letter on Twitter that proved Clarke was flat-out wrong (see below). Longoria began, “If you had done your journalistic duty (it’s actually not that hard, a more thorough google job, or one phone call to my camp and they could have provided you with the documentation) you would see that I have been wearing READING glasses since May 3 2013.” Longoria detailed how her eyesight failed two years ago and how, after a visit to the optometrist, she received a prescription and bought not one, but five pairs of glasses.
“The reason your lazy journalist research of ‘googling’ didn’t turn up pictures of me on the ‘red carpet’ is because I don’t need glasses to see far, only to READ,” continued Longoria. “So unless you are in bed with me at night, or in the morning at my breakfast table reading the newspaper, then you probably won’t find a ‘paparazzi’ shot of me. And sorry I haven’t worn glasses on a ‘red carpet’ Jenna, but shockingly I am not usually READING a book on the red carpet!”
Longoria even posted some photos of her wearing her reading glasses at events, such as when she testified before Congress, and told Clarke, “So next time you want to write an article calling someone ‘shameful’ why don’t you do your research because that is your responsibility as a ‘journalist’ and the Sydney Morning Herald should hold you to that ‘high’ standard even though you are just the Lifestyle journalist. It sounds like you need some glasses yourself.”
Clarke has not yet responded to Longoria’s message. She went on to retweet fan support, and pictures her followers posted of her clearly wearing glasses. See the letter in full, as well as the photos Longoria shared, below, and tell us what you think.
— Eva Longoria (@EvaLongoria) July 27, 2015