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Renee Zellweger Thinks ‘We Can Do Better’ When It Comes To Body Shaming In The Media

It’s not often we see the name Renee Zellweger in the news and that’s because the actress prides herself on keeping a private and personal life.  With no social media accounts and choosing to live her  life behind the camera  more producing more than acting, Renee clearly likes a quiet life. A high profile, celebrity lifestyle is not something  she strives for and you’ll never see her desperately grabbing attention like the rest of Hollywood.

So when Renee hit the headlines in 2014 for her appearance rather than her work, it made exact sense why she chooses to live a life away from the spotlight.

Renee attended the ELLE Women In Hollywood Awards with her boyfriend but it soon became apparent that the topic of the night was all about Renee’s ‘changing face’. Within minutes, accusations were flying around social media and the press regarding what exactly renee had done to her face to look so different  (which really isn’t anyones business but her own) and magazines even went to the effort of getting plastic surgeons to predict what work they ‘thought’ she underwent.

The 'before and after' image used in stories regarding Renees face.

The ‘before and after’ image used in stories regarding Renee’s face.

In light of the stories that are still circulating online,  Renee penned her own blog in The Huffington Post titled ‘We Can Do Better’ to set the record straight. Not because she had to, but because she wanted to.

She began by addressing the fact that she loves what she does, feeling blessed to be in a creative industry even though the subsequent challenges of her private life feel like a big price to pay. She admitted that working in a celebrity industry means you sometimes have to put up with humiliation but also understand that sometimes saying nothing can cause bigger problems. In this case, refusing to admit or deny the rumours regarding her surgically altered face led the public to continue speculating.

“It didn’t matter; just one more story in the massive smut pile generated everyday by the tabloid press and fueled by exploitative headlines and folks and folks who practice cowardly cruelty from their anonymous internet pulpits”

Renee continues to explain that although she doesn’t see the need in commenting on things that are created purely through lies for entertainment for readers, she has found out the hard way that by just sitting back and staying quiet automatically brands you as a guilty person. In a world where everyone is constantly fighting for attention and the love of the public, choosing to remain private ‘renders one a suspicious character’.

One the other hand the actress also points out that by ‘denying’ any accusations implies an attempt to cover up the ‘exposed truth’ in question.  It’s seems that in the eyes of the public, the celebrity persona can do no right leaving them vulnerable to constant ridicule and having their life highjacked by those that profiteer from stories.

Setting the record straight, Renee explains that she is not speaking out because she feels she’s been bullied or because her work has been criticised, nor does she feel the needs to emphasize a persons right to do what they want without judgment. The reason the actress chose to speak out was because she felt she needed to be fair to herself. The eye surgery tabloid has led to her becoming the target of more nonsense news regarding her inclusion in stories of self-acceptance and her views on Women ‘succumbing to social pressure to look and age a certain way’. She also adds that although it is of no ones business…

“I did not make a decision to alter my face and have surgery on my eyes”.

Renee moves onto saying that whilst we have come a long way as Women and we are finally being valued more now for our importance to society, unfortunately, a Womans’ worth is still measured by her appearance and we are still falling victim to the constant judgmental, body shaming abuse.

Renee finished by questioning the purpose of all of these pointless stories in the mainstream media and why they’re not replaced with content of relevance and importance to our daily lives.

“What if immaterial tabloid stories, judgments and misconceptions remained confined to the candy jar of low-brow entertainment and replaced in mainstream media by far more important , necessary conversations?

Maybe we could talk more about why we collectively share an appetite for witnessing people diminished or humiliated with attacks on appearance and character how it impacts younger generations. Maybe we can talk more about our many true societal challenges and how we can do better.”

Renee, we completely agree! Thank you for sharing your view with the world.

You can read Renee’s full blog post here. 

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