The actress has a lot to say...
It’s been two years since Renée Zellweger was accused of having an eye-lift at a red carpet event in 2014, and now fans have branded her “unrecognisable” in the new Bridget Jones trailer (see for yourself here).
The actress denied having plastic surgery when suspicions arose a few years back, but now Renée has penned a powerful letter in a bid to put the situation to bed.
Variety critic Owen Gleiberman seemingly sparked the response in an essay of his own, titled: “Renée Zellweger: If She No Longer Looks Like Herself Has She Become A Different Actress?”
Speaking of the Bridget Jones’s Baby trailer, he writes:
“Watching the trailer, I didn’t stare at the actress and think: She doesn’t look like Renée Zellweger. I thought: She doesn’t look like Bridget Jones! Oddly, that made it matter more. Celebrities, like anyone else, have the right to look however they want, but the characters they play become part of us. I suddenly felt like something had been taken away.”
In her essay for the Huffington Post, Renée responds:
“I am not writing today because I have been publicly bullied or because the value of my work has been questioned by a critic whose ideal physical representation of a fictional character originated 16 years ago, over which he feels ownership, I no longer meet.
“I am not writing in protest to the repellent suggestion that the value of a person and her professional contributions are somehow diminished if she presumably caves to societal pressures about appearance, and must qualify her personal choices in a public court of opinion. I’m not writing because I believe it’s an individual’s right to make decisions about his or her body for whatever reason without judgment.
“I’m writing because to be fair to myself, I must make some claim on the truths of my life, and because witnessing the transmutation of tabloid fodder from speculation to truth is deeply troubling. The ‘eye surgery’ tabloid story itself did not matter, but it became the catalyst for my inclusion in subsequent legitimate news stories about self-acceptance and women succumbing to social pressure to look and age a certain way. In my opinion, that tabloid speculations become the subject of mainstream news reporting does matter.
“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.”
Renée’s essay comes just one month after Jennifer Aniston wrote a similar blog post following pregnancy accusations, but the message is the same: a woman’s worth should not be measured on her appearance. Cm’on people, there are more important things happening in the world.