In the Defense of Anne Hathaway

This is mostly in reaction to this NY Mag article, but I’ve been meaning to make a post like this for a while. Why do people hate Anne Hathaway but love Jennifer Lawrence? I am on and have been on Team Hathaway since the day she shot into the spotlight of the faraway land of Hollywood (aka The Land of Rich, Beautiful White People) as the loveable teenage Princess of Genovia.

Anne Hathaway’s a kind, intelligent, and passionate woman who uses her celebrity to advocate equal rights; which is much more than what most other celebrities do. She’s involved in multiple charities, is a huge LGBT rights activist, and always speaks up when she’s asked sexist questions.

A man told me that for a woman, I was very opinionated. I said, ‘for a man you’re kind of ignorant’. – Anne Hathaway

Now here are some videos of her being awesome:

No one is perfect, but isn’t Anne Hathaway what you’d want all celebrities to be like? Someone who actively gives back to the world and means it? A woman who stands up and puts men in their place when they’re being misogynistic? If she is getting all this hate for being a decent person, what in the world do you people want? Here’s an actually good role model and all she gets is shade. There are far worse people out there who get a lot less hate than she does.



And I really do think it has to do with her being a woman. If Anne Hathaway were male, she would get a lot of praise and love from the online community for being so liberal and humanist. Instead, she’s written off as an annoyingly goody-goody theater girl. But seriously, ever heard of Hugh Jackman, anyone? He’s just as into theater as she is, carries a rather happy demeanor, and lost a ton of weight for his role in Les Misérables. He did a whole Broadway number at the Oscars, for pete’s sake! Yet whenever she sings, it’s annoying, and when he does, it’s fabulous. When she’s chirpy, it’s grating, and when he is, it’s charming. When she’s asked about her weight loss, it’s about fitness not starvation, but when he’s asked about it, it’s about how committed he is to his craft.

It’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that a billion women have been raped or beaten, just the enormity of that. When I was in college, I’d heard that one in four women would be raped, and I thought, God, that means I must know someone who was raped. Sure enough, I found out a week later that a friend had been. A billion is too big because one is too big. – on why she supports One Billion Rising, a group advocating the end of violence against women

Now let’s turn to Jennifer Lawrence. She has a fanbase almost comparable to (GASP! Dare I say it??) Beyoncé’s on Tumblr. The overall consensus is that she’s flawless, funny, and amazing. Oh, never mind the fact that she’s said and done some really offensive and transphobic things. Like the time she said her female cat has such a masculine energy that they call her Chaz Bono. And the time she said she was very “dykey” as a child. And how she took the role of Katniss, who was supposed to have olive skin, dark hair, and gray eyes due to years of ethnic mixing in a “post-racial” America. And remember that time she disrespected a sacred Hawaiian cultural site and had a good laugh over it?  It’s almost as if people want to love her so much that they ignore anything she says and chalk it up to her just being endearingly “stupid”. When it’s not just stupid—it’s offensive.

She has yet to apologize for any of her comments.

Jennifer Lawrence has an extreme case of logorrhea, and lucky for her, most people find it charming. But I honestly can’t with her anymore. It’s really great that she constantly talks about how she eats all the time, and I do find her to be genuinely funny. But then she goes on to say and do some things that make me squirm.

She’s very thin and claims to be a fat/obese actress. She flips the bird backstage at the Oscars and it’s funny, not crass like that time M.I.A. did it at the Super Bowl.  She never acknowledges any of her privileges even though she clearly benefits from them.  Oh, and she says things like, “[Katniss is] strong, like a male hero with a vagina.”

And while Anne Hathaway doesn’t do much about her white privilege, she at least works towards some causes and doesn’t say or do offensive things concerning that area other than only taking roles in movies with a bunch of other white people in them. But so does everyone else, and while it’s messed up, you kind of learn learned to deal. Kind of.  And oh yeah, she also apologizes when she thinks she has offended anyone.

In any case, although celebrities are real people, they’re real people with a very profound influence on the general masses. We have to understand that they aren’t perfect and treat them like people who have emotions and make mistakes, but also hold them accountable for their intolerable actions.

If a celebrity pulls a form of [insert color here]face, don’t excuse it with their ignorance on that subject. If someone claims to be an ally and then writes lyrics using gay as a pejorative, don’t continue to sing along. If a director uses the N-word in his movie to stay real to the times, yet doesn’t portray the full reality of abuse and oppression of that era as well, don’t approve of his film being nominated for numerous prestigious film awards.  And if a celebrity you really like says some very offensive things, don’t make up apologies on their behalf.

Why must we, as a society, choose instead to slander a woman for getting back with her abuser when we don’t fully understand the massive complexities of the cycle of abuse or the power of forgiveness involved? Why must women, especially women of color, be criticized for objectifying themselves when all they’re doing is gracefully wearing what might be considered to be a revealing dress? Why must we take a sadistic joy in pointing out non-conventionally beautiful features in celebrities in a way that we would never ever point out in our friends?

I just think … we shouldn’t scorn those who don’t deserve to be.