Emma Stone is our red carpet hero for her supernatural ability to wear weird clothes and even dorky hats with panache. But in spite of how absolutely on-point her red carpet game has been while promoting the new Spider-Man movie, Internet commenters have apparently been criticizing her up and down–and not for her clothes, but for her figure, which is just out of bounds.
Stone told USA Today that she’s been on the receiving end of nasty and oh-so-original comments like, “eat a sandwich,” and they bug her as much as they enrage us. But her response to the body-snarking is much more mature and measured than ours would be.
“I firmly believe that nothing really affects you or can really bother you if you don’t already feel that way about yourself. I’ve seen a lot of comments that say, ‘Eat a sandwich’ or ‘She looks sick.’ I’ve been looking at myself in the mirror being mean to myself. I’m not sick. I eat sandwiches. There is in no way is it my intention to be a bad example. That has been kind of bothering me lately. I’ve shamed myself for it. We shame each other online. We’re always too skinny or too fat or too tall or too short. They’re just confirming this feeling I have about myself. I’m trying to figure my body out. It bothers me because I care so much about young girls. We’re shaming each other and we’re shaming ourselves, and it sucks.”
Even more maturely, Stone says she’s been looking at her own experiences with gossip and body-snarking and thinking about where those types of comments come from. Usually, they’re not about the target at all.
“When I make a comment about someone or I choose to gossip about someone and speculate about their body or their life or their face, it’s usually a reflection of something I’m feeling myself. That has become ingrained in me,” she said. “I’m trying to eliminate gossip from my own life,”
Those are words to live by.
Emma Stone has always seemed like a really fun, down-to-Earth celebrity, which is why she’s always on our list of imaginary famous BFFs. But now we’re starting to think she’d actually make a really good role model as well.
Where we differ, however, is our opinion of her new haircut. Apparently she’s worried about it, but without reason. The short, ombré crop with bangs is fantastic.
“Do I look like Susan Dey right now?” she asks. “Do I look like the mom on The Brady Bunch?”
She has nothing to worry about, and not just because Susan Dey was the hottest TV teenager in the 70s. (Marcia Brady wishes she were as cool as Laurie Partridge.) The new hair is fantastic, as is our new celebrity role model. Now we just need to find her secret Pinterest board, and all our dreams will be complete.