Rose McGowan has penned a badass open letter for The Hollywood Reporter, calling out Variety writer, Owen Glieberman, for criticizing Renee Zellweger’s face. In an article published last week, the journalist discussed his shock after viewing the new Bridget Jones’ Baby trailer.
Glieberman’s essay is an in-depth analysis of Zellweger’s looks, criticizing her current physique and saying she was never beautiful “in the way that a Nicole Kidman or Julia Roberts was.” He continues, calling her completely ordinary and spends a good few paragraphs discussing how much less attractive she is than classic Hollywood starlets, like Barbara Stanwyck or Bette Davis. Glieberman closes the piece saying, “I just hope it turns out to be a movie that stars Renée Zellweger rather than a victim of Invasion of the Face Snatchers.”
McGowan, who’s become an outspoken critic of Hollywood’s unfair standards for women, was rightfully pissed off. Her response, she clarifies, is “not a counterpoint,” because there is “no defense for the indefensible.”
She writes, “Renee Zellweger is a human being, with feelings, with a life, with love and with triumphs and struggles, just like the rest of us. How dare you use her as a punching bag in your mistaken attempt to make a mark at your new job. How dare you bully a woman who has done nothing but try to entertain people like you?”
McGowan says Zellweger’s only crime is growing older, and talks about her own experiences with sexist media criticism: “I speak as someone who was abused by Hollywood and by people like you in the media, but I’m a different breed, one they didn’t count on. I refuse and reject this bullshit on behalf of those who feel they can’t speak.”
To solidify her point, McGowan re-writes Glieberman’s article, replacing Zellweger’s name with that of different male actors. “ROB LOWE, with pillowy cheeks and quizzically pursed lips and that singular squint, was beautiful, but not in the way that a BRAD PITT or GEORGE CLOONEY was.”
She finishes the essay by telling Glieberman it’s time to “stop fucking with women’s minds,” and lists a number of acclaimed Hollywood writers like Joan Didion, Raymond Chandler, Dorothy Parker and John Gregory Dunne.
“You, Owen Glieberman, are not they,” she says. “You are simply a bully on semi-glossy paper.”