On the way to work while trying to avoid election coverage, I flipped to a top 40 station, as one does. On this station, there was a stupid radio program with the talking heads bashing Cara Delevingne (a model/actress whose face you have seen because it’s everywhere right now both because she’s in a new John Green movie and making news but also because she’s the face of several products). The talking heads excerpted an interview where the interviewers were trying to get Ms. Delevingne to say something terrible about her new movie or to admit that she’s exhausted/tired. At first she denies denies, the movie is great, I’m not tired, then finally they’re like, is it just us? And she says yes.
Then the radio hosts cut away and said Cara Delevingne continued to watch the tv as those reporters talked smack to her. Then they started talking their own smack about her about how she is an actress and makes lots of money and shouldn’t be rude to reporters. No mention of the reporters being rude to her.
They treated her as if she’s not a person, she’s just a figure that they want to take down. She’s a successful woman and they want to exploit every perceived weakness because women are not allowed to be strong and rich and successful. If they are, they’re certainly not allowed to be happy. And the fact that she still pays attention to what the media says about her means they have a chance for drama which will drive audience towards them. They’re probably hoping for a Britney Spears style melt-down (or, failing that, a Lindsay Lohan style collapse).
Would they do this to a man, even an outspoken man? Of course not.
Stay strong, Ms. Delevingne. You are a human being, not just a media idol. I can’t imagine having to deal with all that nastiness. You certainly don’t deserve it.
related: A little googling finds that John Green is on the same wavelength here