Renee Zellweger Plastic Surgery Essay: Celebrities React, Show Support
Renee Zellweger is receiving support from fellow celebrities after writing an essay about plastic surgery and tabloid culture. See stars’ reactions below.
On Friday, Zellweger’s piece, headlined “We Can Do Better,” was published by the Huffington Post. In it, she decried the media fixation on her looks. The op-ed came a month after a Variety film critic questioned if she was the same actress and could still inhibit her iconic Bridget Jones character if her appearance had seemingly changed.
“In the interest of tabloid journalism, which profits from the chaos and scandal it conjures and injects into people’s lives and their subsequent humiliation, the truth is reduced to representing just one side of the fictional argument,” Zellweger wrote, noting that choosing not to deny certain claims has led the public to believe them to be true.
The actress went on to state, “Not that it’s anyone’s business, but I did not make a decision to alter my face and have surgery on my eyes. This fact is of no true import to anyone at all, but that the possibility alone was discussed among respected journalists and became a public conversation is a disconcerting illustration of news/entertainment confusion and society’s fixation on physicality.”
“Ubiquitous online and news source repetition of humiliating tabloid stories, mean-spirited judgments and false information is not harmless,” Zellweger argued, further saying, “It increasingly takes air time away from the countless significant unprecedented current events affecting our world. It saturates our culture, perpetuates unkind and unwise double standards, lowers the level of social and political discourse, standardizes cruelty as a cultural norm, and inundates people with information that does not matter.”
Now a chorus of stars are supporting her points. “Important read. Thank you, Renee,” tweeted Alyssa Milano. Rebel Wilson quoted a portion of the essay, and then wrote, “Thank you Renee Zellweger for such a great article X.” Mira Sorvino simply stated, “Bravo!”
And Nikki Reed posted on both Twitter and WhoSay, “Yes! Kudos to this woman for writing an incredibly open, honest and ACCURATE piece on a subject that most shy away from because of the inevitable scrutiny that follows. Renee you’re a badass and far more eloquent than most would be while tackling this head on. This is just a small piece of a much larger conversation that needs to be had about ‘why we seem to collectively share an appetite for witnessing people diminished and humiliated’ and how this ‘standardizes cruelty as a cultural norm.'”
“Renee I’m standing with you,” Reed continued, “but also thanking you for shining a light on the unintended consequences of our careless and gratuitous judgements and what it teaches not just young girls but all people on a deeply subconscious level. Thank you.”