Media still obsess over looks

Actress Renee Zellweger has received a barrage of criticism for her change in appearance recently after media sources have claimed that she is now “unrecognizable.”

Because of the “new look” Zellweger debuted at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards on Oct. 21 many took to Twitter to play the guessing game as to what cosmetic surgery the actress may have had done.

It is repugnant that our superficial society is so quick to judge, ridicule and demean people based solely on appearances.

There is no need to invade a woman’s personal space to ask invasive questions whose answers are no one’s business but her own.

Zellweger has battled the criticism with grace and positivity, responding to her critics in an interview with People magazine where she said, “I’m glad folks think I look different! I’m living a different, happy, more fulfilling life and I’m thrilled that perhaps it shows.”

Perhaps we should worry more about our own lives and leave the celebrities alone.

It’s understandable and well-known that once a person becomes famous nosy fans come with the territory, but there is a fine line between curiosity and fans creepily invading another person’s space without any consideration towards that person.

We are so quick to judge when a celebrity has some sort of procedure done to change their appearance, but they generally are forced into making themselves look younger in order to be cast in certain parts and stay with the trends in order to not be badmouthed by certain television shows or publications.

As an actor gets older, their character choices start to get limited. It is much easier to apply a ton of make-up to make a star look older for a film, but it doesn’t work the same way if you want them to look younger.

It should be the celebrity’s choice and we should not be so quick to judge them when we do not have all the facts. Especially since it seems that the media only started a rumor about Zellweger’s appearance drastically changing.

It would have gone unnoticed if the media had not set out to exploit Zellweger on every front page of each rag magazine in the supermarket.

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