Some pop culture moments, with age, feel more and more bouts of mass insanity. Why did everyone hate Anne Hathaway all those years ago? Around 2013, despite winning a slew of awards for her role in Les Miserables, it seemed like the actress couldn’t get enough of a rest. Despite the lack of scandal or outright aggressive behavior, she was the “star we love to hate,” the “bad kind of stage kid,”The kind of person who inexplicably annoys people. ”
Since then, the criticism has almost faded from public consciousness, a Hollywood fever dream we half remember akin to the time everyone freaked out over Taylor Swift to write about her exit or the 2009 party when everyone shamed Jessica Simpson.
However, she has not forgotten Hathaway, and she is not the only one who reminds people that harsh celebrity criticism – Hollywood’s lucrative and fruitful pastime – is not as fashionable as it once was.
At Elle’s 2022 Women in Hollywood event this week, Hathway commented On the old Hathat with agonizing intimacy, saying that the outer hatred increased her inner hatred of herself.
“When the pain you’re inflicting on yourself suddenly swells up, that’s a thing,” she said. Experience has taught her not to “take space” for such language, for herself or anyone else. She also urged others to do the same.
“You can judge behavior. You can forgive the behavior or not,” she said. “But you don’t have the right to judge—especially not to hate—a person who exists.”
Hathaway’s discussion of mental health highlights a relatively new addition to the conversation. Stars have been speaking out against bullying for some time, but only in the past few years have we seen plentiful conversations about how fame affects their mental health.
In her new memoir “Making a Scene,” actress Constance Wu writes about her struggle with her identity, balancing her character with the person she thought she should be in entertainment.
“I write about wanting to be the cool girl in my twenties, and I don’t want to make a scene,” she told Shondaland. “Because I thought that would make me cool, likable, and valuable. But it doesn’t work because it’s not original.”
Wu also writes about the sexual harassment she experienced on the sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat.”
“I put up with all this sexual harassment, intimidation, and abuse in the first two years of the show, but then once it was successful, I no longer spoke to the person who abused me, and I was able to continue my work professionally and even happily,” he says. “So, I thought I dealt with it. But I realized that abuse and pent-up feelings don’t go away just because you want them to.”
While the details of being a celebrity may be off-putting to most people, working through trauma and dealing with harmful expectations are universal experiences. By discussing these issues head-on, women like Hathaway and Wu are signaling a drastic change in celebrity culture.
Of course, cruel gossip with celebrities is not just a favorite pastime of fans. It’s a lucrative cog in the Hollywood machine. Entire franchises, like Bravo’s Real Housewives series, are built around the sport of pitting women against each other in both real and imagined competitions. But in the same way that some stars pull the curtain on the true effects of bullying and criticism, others are cutting these traditions closer to the root.
Social media had a slight meltdown recently when Selena Gomez and Hailey Bieber stood together for the first time at the Academy Museum party. For those outside the circle of Hollywood gossip, this means absolutely nothing. But for those in the know — those who know Gomez is the longtime ex of Bieber’s husband, Justin Bieber, the moment was close to iconic.
The two women have long faced each other by fans, with Gomez portrayed as the one who ran away and Bieber as the second best wife. Both have used their platform to warn of online hate and harassment, but the proxy feud fueled by their fans was adamant.
So seeing them together was as massive as a photoshoot with Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie, for example, back in the early 2000s, when everyone was “Team Aniston” or “Team Jolie” after her previous divorce from Brad Pitt.
In the current media environment, it is not necessarily unusual for famous women to show some solidarity with one another, or to deal with the harmful effects of fame. What is remarkable is to see fans very keen and receptive to these developments.
Comments on photographer Terrell Hampton’s Instagram post by Gomez and Bieber paint a clear picture of this:
“Is this what world peace feels like?”
“Everyone wants them to hate each other so badly, and why?”
“I am proud of them.”
They are no different from Social media reactions That followed Hathaway’s recent comments.
“Why does everyone hate Anne Hathaway for no reason?”
“They were just haters.”
It’s one thing to reveal to stars how cruel celebrity gossip can be. All too often, we see fans listening and agreeing, questioning their role in these obsessions. Both sides of the screen together are looking for a more positive relationship with fame.
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