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(Viola Davis, And Melissa McCarthy)Why Are Mainstream Actresses Publicly Scrutinized by Insensitive Journalist?

Updated on May 2, 2015


Hollywood's definition of beauty has evolved throughout the years however, the media seems to struggle with this positive change, in which celebrities form the past to the present such as: Brittany Murphy,Elizabeth Taylor Melissa McCarthy, Viola Davis, Oprah Winfrey, Roseanne Barr, Tyra Banks, Gabby" Sidibe, and Jessica Simpson, just to name a few, have faced Imperceptive questions dealing with weight and physical attributes.

This article takes a look at why some talented mainstream actresses who have been publicly scrutinized by insensitive journalist and how many actresses are dealing with the mistreatment prompted by the media.

Why Are Mainstream Actresses Publicly Scrutinized by Insensitive journalist?

Every celebrity woman that steps out of the box of what the public-eye deems as beautiful is subjected to becoming a scapegoat of Hollywood. Celebrities who do not resemble what 90% of Hollywood actresses are supposed to physically look like are subjected to mockery, being different in Hollywood requires thick skin.

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Grace Kelly MGM Publicity Photo | Source

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Norma Jean Transforms Into Marylin Monroe | Source

How Melissa McCarthy Handles The Critics

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With time Hollywood began to search for talented actresses that represent everyday women, such remarkable modern day actresses are now subjected to verbal abuse, made out as scapegoats, left to take on insults in a world that is blinded by self centered vanity.

McCarthy addresses critics by disregarding negative comments and by embracing her body image, which encourages everyday women to follow suit in an overcritical world.

McCarthy's was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in the hit movie, "Bridesmaids".

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Celebrities constantly have to address their weight. Why? American women have a problem with body image, stars that feel the need to have to address their eating habits promotes low-self esteem.

In an interview conducted by Comedian Joan Rivers, Oprah is trapped into discussing her weight.

Joan Rivers Discusses Oprah's Weight On National Television

African American Critics Lash Out Over African American Actresses Playing Maids In The Hit Movie, 'The Help'

Actesses Can't Make Everyone Happy

Viola Davis, probably best known for her role as the soft spoken maid Aibileen Clark an inspiring writer with a painful past working as a maid in a time of discrimination in South during the 1960’s. The movie,'The Help' was Viola Davis's breakout role.

Davis received some backlash for playing a maid. Some African Americans felt that black actresses should no longer accept such roles that took place in such hateful times, despite the fact that Davis's character was intelligent and dignified, you can't please them all.

Now that Davis has landed the role of a criminal defense lawyer and law professor created by Shonda Rhimes, who is known for such hits as, 'Scandal, and Grey's Autonomy' critics such as Alessandra Stanley, from 'The New York Times' insults Davis as she compares her to lighter-skinned African American stars.

"The actress doesn't look at all like the typical star of a network drama," Stanley wrote in her review, which spawned several think pieces. "Ignoring the narrow beauty standards some African-American women are held to, Rhimes chose a performer who is older, darker-skinned and less classically beautiful than [Kerry Washington], or for that matter Halle Berry, who played an astronaut on the summer mini-series Extant."

Davis replies to the insult by quoting a verse from the late author Maya Angelou, '"You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I'll rise!!!"

Many actresss struggle with their critics and self-esteem issues.

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Viola Davis Talks With Oprah

How Do Mainstream Actresses Choose To Respond?

Every actress handles negative journalism differently. Tyra wrote a book on self-esteem, I was able to view a copy, and I really felt that she touched on some sensative subjects that women of all ages deal with. Tyra Banks has been in this industry for many years and she finally had enough of the criticism. Everyone has their breaking point.

Some Actresses/ Models Lash Out

Why Do Journalist Publicly Scrutinize Mainstream Actresses?

Journalist such as Alessandra Stanley and film critic Rex Reed at the chance to examine respected actresses through a negative approach. Instead of reporting on subjects that define essence of acting and the dedication that it takes for these talented women to perform in front of captivated audience, they choose to take the low road tainted by ridicule, why?

Unfortunately negativity sales, and perhaps certain journalist take pride insulting others to gain self-gratification.

Seemingly the most effective way for many actresses is the old yet wise proverb concept.

Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him. 'Proverbs 26:4'

Who wants to fight with a fool? Especially a critic that uses words such as hippo. Beware of foolish journalism, responding to ignorant journalist and film critics grants them undeserved attention.

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Stars like Sandra Oh, have a large following of fans who enjoyed her entertaing chracteristics in the seriers, 'Grey's anatomy'. Fans want to see actors and actesses that reflect their personal background in a positive light.

The Evoloution Of Beauty In Hollywood Embraced By Fans

Oh at a Writer's Guild of America protest,
Oh at a Writer's Guild of America protest, | Source

Karla Kim Pays Tribute To A Celebrity That Represents A Positive Influence Through Her Eyes


Insensitive journalism is another form of bullying and it should not be tolerated, in many ways negative journalism can be just as invasive and instigating as photographers who stalk celebrities for money.

Solution: Continue to support your favorite mainstream actor and actress based on their talent as a gifted performer, and do not support journalist and film critics who use insensitive measures gain publicity for themselves.

The Insensitive Journalist Poll

Are There Too Many Insensitve Journalist In The Media?

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      Emunah La Paz 3 years ago from Arizona

      Hi DDE! Journalism is a very competitive field indeed! We need more positive journalist. :)

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A very interesting and well approached hub. Journalists have a competitive filed to adapt to.