It is no secret that Hollywood has unrealistic aging and body expectations for women.
Unlike their male counter parts, woman are “not allowed” to age or have a normal physical build. Recently, Carrie Fisher, best known for her role of Princess Leia, was on the receiving end of such body shaming remarks on Twitter. Not amused with a debate online about her appearance in The Force Awakens, Fisher lashed out to her “haters”,
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In an interview with Good House Keeping Magazine, Fisher talked about the pressure to “look good” in Hollywood,
“We treat beauty like an accomplishment, and that is insane,” said Fisher,“Everyone in LA says, ‘Oh, you look good’. It’s never, ‘How are you?’ or ‘You seem happy’.”
Comedian Amy Schumer is no stranger to harsh criticism regarding her weight. I love her responses to what people have said about her appearance and weight. Earlier this year film critic Jeffrey Wells commented on her appearance in the film “Trainwreck”, “Director Judd Apatow is once again introducing a chubby, whipsmart, not conventionally attractive, neurotically bothered female comic to a mass audience…”
Schumer’s response to the misguided critic was perfect, “I am a size 6 and have no plans of changing. This is it. Stay on or get off. Kisses!”
Who are these people that require woman to stay looking 22 and a size 0? Why do these same rules not apply to men? It seems that it is only men that are able to continue working well into old age including Robert Deniro, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman,and the list goes on. Even actors such as Brad Pitt, and George Clooney are able to age naturally and still continue to work.
I have two daughters, 11 and 9, and don’t look forward to “the world” coming down onto them about weight and looks. We don’t even use the word “fat” in our house in the hopes that it will never appear in their lives. Of course, this is wishful thinking. How can I help my daughters battle such superficial requirements of the world when the world continues to evolve into a more self centered and superficial monster everyday?
Love. Encouragement. Listen.
This is my plan for my girls and I offer the same to Carrie Fisher.
You can see the wonderful and fun Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters NOW!