Bridget Jones’s Baby release definitely dug up old issues about Renee Zellweger. In a thoughtful essay, Zellweger slammed society’s view of women. She also denied having had plastic surgery, an eye lift to be more precise, back in 2014.
The Bridget Jones’s Baby star was accused of going through the eye lift surgery in October 2014. Although she reiterates that there really hasn’t been any work done, there’s a more serious issue that was brought up.
She did not mind the tabloid story so much. What worried her was that she became the subject of legit news stories concerning women’s self-acceptance. That women have had to succumb to social pressure. That they need to look and age in a certain way.
She added, “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 importance 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.”
Zellweger wanted the “double standard” against women to be thrown out the window. She says in her essay in The Huffington Post, “It’s no secret a woman’s worth has historically been measured by her appearance.”
She says that even if we already acknowledge the value of female participation in the success of our society, we take for granted that they are great contributors in all aspects of high profile position and influence. Still there’s a double standard that’s being used to diminish all these great things we’ve done. Women are made fun of and ridiculed in the name of ‘entertainment’.
Zellweger wrote, “Too skinny, too fat, showing age, better as a brunette, cellulite thighs, facelift scandal, going bald, fat belly or bump? Ugly shoes, ugly feet, ugly smile, ugly hands, ugly dress, ugly laugh…”
She says the message that comes across is very problematic for today’s youth who have very impressionable minds. Now, they will have trouble dealing with issues pertaining to prejudice, conformity, self-acceptance, equality, health and bullying.
Perhaps the more important question is, how come very few Hollywood celebs are brave enough to stand up and talk about this issue? Are they also scared to voice out their thoughts? That they will be forced to look at their own ?truths?? Kudos to Renee Zellweger. You don?t only have the smarts girl, you got the balls as well! Go girl!
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