Enough is enough for Renée Zellweger.
The actress, who has received an unending amount of criticism about her appearance over the past several years, is fighting back in a big way. The 47-year-old penned an impassioned article on The Huffington Post today, calling out the media for the way that they have covered how she looks and slamming the double standard that female celebrities face in the public eye.
"I am lucky. Choosing a creative life and having the opportunity to do satisfying work that is sometimes meaningful is a blessed existence and worth the price paid in the subsequent challenges of public life," she writes. "Sometimes it means resigning to humiliation, and other times, understanding when silence perpetuates a bigger problem."
"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," she says. "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," she states before further expressing her frustration over the media's fixation on a woman's looks. "It's no secret a woman's worth has been historically measured by her appearance... The resulting message is problematic for younger generations and impressionable minds, and undoubtably triggers myriad subsequent issues regarding conformity, prejudice, equality, self acceptance, bullying and health."
Zellweger concluded her powerful letter with the following questions for us to ponder: "Maybe we could talk more about why we seem to collectively share an appetite for witnessing people diminished and humiliated with attacks on appearance and character and how it impacts younger generations and struggles for equality, and about how legitimate news media have become vulnerable to news/entertainment ambiguity, which dangerously paves the way for worse fictions to flood the public consciousness to much greater consequence. Maybe we could talk more about our many true societal challenges and how we can do better."
Way to go, Renée. Read her full blog on The Huffington Post now.