Due to the controversy surrounding her Oscars dress, Anne Hathaway has issued an apology for any concern it caused. After she opted to wear a Prada dress despite Valentino releasing a statement revealing she would be wearing one of the design house’s dresses on the red carpet, many called it a “snub” towards the designer. Apparently, she chose to wear a different dress after realizing Amanda Seyfried would be wearing a dress extremely similar to her own. She said to People:

It came to my attention late Saturday night that there would be a dress worn to the Oscars that is remarkably similar to the Valentino I had intended to wear, and so I decided it was best for all involved to change my plans.

Though I love the dress I did wear, it was a difficult last minute decision as I had so looked forward to wearing Valentino in honor of the deep and meaningful relationship I have enjoyed with the house and with Valentino himself. I deeply regret any disappointment caused.

While I think it’s all well and good that she decided to explain herself, I hardly think an apology was necessary. Sadly, I feel that it may be in part because there is always so much negativity surrounding her from the media and public. She apparently worked on her Oscars speech to “be more likable” as she knew she was “the butt of everyone’s jokes,” which I can’t help but feel saddened by.

I’ve never been a giant Anne Hathaway fan; it’s not that I actively dislike her, I just kind of don’t like a lot of the movies she’s chosen to do, therefore making her not my favorite actress. That said, I don’t understand why there is so much irrational disdain for the woman and it’s starting to make me like her more as I feel increasingly defensive of her. Even just on my Twitter feed Sunday night, there were so many people that I saw criticizing her, whether it was to innocently poke fun of her dress or to straight-up say her face looked ugly. And it makes me bummed out that she seems to “know” people hate her.

I am not the kind of person who typically feels sorry for rich, famous, successful celebrities; I’m of the “they’ll be all right” opinion, generally speaking. However, there are some instances wherein I can’t help but feel the amount of meanness towards one specific famous person is rather ridiculous. Anne Friedman wrote a great piece yesterday for The Cut questioning why women love Jennifer Lawrence but hate Anne Hathaway and she came up with — well, that people think Hathaway is kind of annoying and too perfect, but that’s about the only reason they hate her. She’s a talented feminist with big eyes who happens to be vegan.

So, not to get all Chris Crocker on everybody, but can we all just kinda leave Anne Hathaway alone? Or at the very least, collect all that angry energy directed at her and point it in the direction of, oh, the assholes who actually deserve some of it?

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