Renee Zellweger Defended By Christina Applegate, Rose McGowan After Face Criticism
On Thursday, Variety published a piece titled, “Renee Zellweger: If She No Longer Looks Like Herself, Has She Become a Different Actress?” In the column, chief film critic Owen Gleiberman wrote:
“I was caught off guard the other day when I saw the trailer for Bridget Jones’s Baby. The movie’s star, Renee Zellweger, already had her ‘Did she or didn’t she?’ moment back in 2014, and I had followed the round-the-world scrutinizing of her image that went along with it, but this was different. Watching the trailer, I didn’t stare at the actress and think: She doesn’t look like Renee Zellweger. I thought: She doesn’t look like Bridget Jones! Oddly, that made it matter more. 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.”
The argument that Zellweger can’t authentically inhabit her iconic Bridget Jones character anymore due to aging or alleged plastic surgery hasn’t been sitting well with many on Twitter, who have called Gleiberman sexist, and questioned whether the same complaints would be made about a male star’s looks. Applegate voiced her own objection Thursday night. “I’m sorry. But this is highly offensive,” she wrote.
The former “Married With Children” star went on, “Our faces change. My eyes are smaller. My nose is bigger. I have jowls. But if I decided to play Kelly bundy again, I would be her. Just different. Older, and wiser. Well, maybe not that. I have lines all over my face. You know what from? Years of laughing. And sun damage. That is a bitch.”
And then on Friday night, McGowan gave her own response. “You are a f*cking idiot, Owen Gleiberman. Good hire @variety,” she tweeted. The actress went on, “Way to contribute to the pervasive f*cked up-ness that is Hollywood @owengleiberman. And I fully hope and expect every movie I direct to get a terrible review from your archaic out of date white male dominated rag #variety.”
McGowan also retweeted a follower that suggested Variety allow her to write a full rebuttal for the magazine. For his part Gleiberman has only responded to the backlash by tweeting, “I have indeed written about this issue regarding actors.” Zellweger herself has not commented on the controversial article.