Goldie Hawn, Kim Novak and other break news…

Last week’s Oscar ceremony has a lot of people commenting on the appearances of film legends Kim Novak and Goldie Hawn – specifically how they look. Both actresses were onstage that night to hand out some hardware and instead of the usual bitchy comments about what they were wearing, people felt compelled to speak out on what their faces looked like.

So maybe Hawn and Novak had some work done, so what. Hawn’s pushing 70, while Novak is over 80 – and by the way, I thought both ladies looked lovely. But maybe instead of crapping on them for having the gall to want to make themselves look better, why not instead rail against an industry that creates the need for facelifts, nose jobs, breast enhancements, skin bleaching, and other various ways for people to morph and transform? We’re talking about an industry that doesn’t think twice to cast Harrison Ford, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Sean Connery, or Robert De Niro as the lead in the film, but will have actresses their age cast as “the mother” of the hero, or maybe even the grandmother if these actresses get lucky and are cast in a teen flick. And I know some will say, “What about Meryl Streep?” Well, there’s a reason why when at the Golden Globes, host Tina Fey remarked, “there are still great parts in Hollywood for Meryl Streeps over 60.” She’s an outlier…

We’ve gotten to a point in our celebrity-soused culture that we’re shitting on elderly women. I mean let’s let that sink in for a moment. Some of the asshats who felt the need to make torturous puns at the expense of Novak and Hawn have grandmothers that are the same age – think for a second: would you want someone going after your grandma because she wore something different to church Sunday morning?

There are a few reasons why I stopped watching red carpet events like the Oscars, the Golden Globes, the Grammys, etc. One of the reasons is that I don’t like the piling that happens when older women have to march through the army of photographers and the professional misogynists whose job it is to find physical faults in famous women and harass them about said faults.

It’s funny because I just watched Vertigo the other day. What a legacy. I think if Novak’s going to be on people’s minds, it should be because of her film work, and not because she’s had some work done…

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