She was billed as America’s princess when she starred alongside Julie Andrews in the movie that made her famous. She may be known for her classic beauty and starring roles in blockbuster movies but lately, Anne Hathaway is known more as the actress people love to hate. One Google search for the new Oscar winner turns up a medley of criticisms, everything from the Oscar dress debacle, to her mannerisms in her Oscar acceptance speech. “Hathahaters” have made Anne Hathaway the latest victim of cyber bullying.
Reaching the big 3-0 this year, Hathaway has hit several high notes this year. She starred in two successful box office movies, got married and won her first Oscar for her performance as the Fantine in Les Misérables. Why isn’t she getting more praise than criticism for such a successful year?
According to an article in the Huffington Post, her Oscar speech came across as rehearsed and insincere. The actress received such a beating regarding her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, wouldn’t you imagine that she would practice a speech in case she followed up the success of her previous big award wins? Was it cocky for her to think she may take home the Oscar? The Web just cannot cut the girl some slack!
Controversy arose again when her pink Prada gown worn at the Oscars appeared on worst dressed lists. Hathaway released a statement the following day apologizing for disappointing fans by not wearing the Versace gown she had originally picked. It turned out that Hathaway’s co-star Amanda Seyfried just happened to be wearing a similar dress that made Anne freak out! Following the pink dress “flop,” she even apologized for her dress choice. Talk about people pleaser!
There is no question that the attention Anne is receiving tends toward cyber bullying. Anderson Cooper even joined the Hathaway defense on his show supporting Anne against the backlash. Although she is an A-list actress, the question does arise of where to draw the line. Why is it okay to bash her because she is in the limelight? At some point, it is just as much bullying as what happens in schools. With the media issues of bullying more prominent now than ever, Anne’s haters should be considered part of the problem. Bullying in the classrooms will not end until young, impressionable students learn that picking on people no matter what your place is in life is unacceptable. At the end of the day, you do not have to like everybody but if you can’t say something nice maybe you shouldn’t say anything at all.