I have no particularly strong feelings about Renée Zellweger. Have enjoyed her very much in good movies, less so in bad ones, and know nothing about her as a real person in the real world. She is, at least from the outside looking in, a rich, successful white lady. These are not qualities that tend to engender a lot of sympathy from people. (Cf. Anne Hathaway, Gwyneth Paltrow, etc.)
Today, a gossip site posted some recent photos of her. Apparently she has had plastic surgery of some kind.
And apparently, this is hilarious.
If you’re laughing, I just have to ask a question. I’m sorry, truly sorry, to pee in the punch bowl. I know: empathy is hard. Ridicule is fun. And it’s particularly fun to judge people for their responses to stimuli you yourself are in no danger of ever facing
So… how many of you could listen to stand-ups, talking heads and read magazine articles going on and on about your weird puffy face and squinty eyes for 18 years and still look in the mirror with joy and confidence every morning?
If there’s anything that you should take away from this story it’s MAYBE WE SHOULD STOP TALKING ABOUT WOMEN’S FACES LIKE THIS ENTIRELY. Not, “what a narcissist” or “now she just looks normal” or “blah blah fucking blah worthless horseshit opinion.”
In the grand scale of human affairs, the “issue” of Renée Zellweger’s face is microscopic. It’s sub-atomic, even. But it’s emblematic of a problem that spans the entire culture.
Personally, I’m not a big fan of plastic surgery, but let me connect a couple of rarely-connected dots here. I spend a certain amount of my time and energy fighting for the idea that women are in charge of their bodies, 100%, and it’s not our business to judge them for those choices. Sound familiar? Call me crazy, but I think if you’re pro-choice and mock a woman for getting plastic surgery, you are kind of a giant hypocrite.
So… maybe we should stop talking about women’s faces (and bodies) as public property for our judgement.
That’ll be two cents, please. Thanks.