April 8, 2013 Leave a comment
Sunday’s New York Times ran an article titled “Do We Really Hate Ann Hathaway?” The article went on to list the blogs and articles that have all taken their shots at the actress and went on to further cement the term Hathahaters in the current pop lexicon. This phenomenon is not confined to bloggers or Twitter. It has been covered not only in the Timesbut also in New York Magazine, the New Yorker and the New Republic. It is generally covered with a certain amount of glee. The writers in the mainstream outlets tend to feign neutrality and proporte to simply be reporting on the story, which is tantamount to telling a group of thirteen year olds that other people are calling one of their classmates ugly. You’re not saying it of course; you’re simply reporting what you heard to the rest of the school.
I think it’s safe to say that these stories Tweets and posts reflect more on us than they do on the actress in question. For a culture that prides itself on taking a firm stance on bullying, we seem to have a collective relish for it. For that’s all that is really at play here. Miss Hathaway seems to annoy some people, but a lot of celebrities annoy us. That’s really what’s at work here. With the collective piling on of the highbrow and lowbrow media, pop culture has given itself a free pass at collective bullying. It’s okay to attack her because, hell, everyone else is; not only are some bloggers taking shots, but the mainstream media is as well.
A few weeks ago Howard Stern did a riff on the topic, but that’s his job. At least that makes sense. As to the rest the ongoing attacks they must be difficult for her to take. Yes, I know, she’s a celebrity and needs to have thick skin if she’s going to be in the public eye. But this is more akin to a Lord of the Flies mentality at play than a TMZ day at the office. Hathaway doesn’t seem to be the real story here and all in all, it certainly doesn’t reflect well on us. There is an axiom that all publicity is good publicity. I doubt it.
Copyright © Anthony Mora 2013