Kim Novak Speaks Out Against That Goddamed Oscars Bullying
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Kim Novak Speaks Out Against That Goddamed Oscars Bullying

By Vivian Kane | Celebrities Are Better than You | April 18, 2014 | Comments ()

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Last month Kim Novak (Vertigo) presented an award at the Oscars and it was hard not to notice that something looked …off. Novak grew up in an industry that considered her worthless if she wasn’t young and fresh and bursting with perfection. As Amanda Hess wrote in her truly fantastic follow-up to Novak’s appearance at the Oscars,

When Novak entered the industry in the 1950s, studio executives made her cap her teeth, bleach her hair, shrink her body with a strict diet and exercise regime, and perpetually paint her face with the help of a personal makeup artist. I wonder where she got the idea that she mattered for her looks?

So Novak, now 81, looks to have had a lot of work done, probably over many decades. Twitter went crazy trying to make the funniest joke about her appearance. Donald Trump said she should “sue her plasitc surgeon” (because he’s the spokesman for natural beauty.) Rob Delaney, whom I adore, said

Those are just two of what were probably thousands of comments aimed at Novak, who may be a public figure, but is still a human being who is able to read those words. They caught her off guard. In an interview this week she said,

It really did throw me into a tailspin and it hit me hard… For days, I didn’t leave the house, and it got to me like it gets kids and teenagers.

But now she’s moved past the hurt with an open letter to those that mocked her.


Kim Novak: 1, Internet: 0

(Just kidding, Internet: a million. It’s a terrible, soul-crushing place and will destroy us in the end. But good for Novak for standing up to the bad people.)

Via THR.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • lonestarr357

    This wouldn't be the same Kim Novak that, two years ago, complained that the use of the music from Vertigo in The Artist made her feel like she was "being raped", would it?

    Which is to say that, as far as I'm concerned, her credibility already jumped the shark. She could've done naked cartwheels at the Oscars and it wouldn't have mattered a damn to me.

  • Jezzer

    Let's all hug and cry now. *eyeroll*

  • kirbyjay

    I'm thinking that if Kim Novak didn't choose to deform her face and take a drug to relax her, and then appear on an awards show, but instead aged gracefully and seemed "with it", she would have gotten a sincere standing O. Instead, she looked and acted ridiculous and I was embarrassed for her.

    It's these silly men and women that try to hang on to youth ( Courteney Cox, Kenny Rogers, Mickey Rourke, Meg Ryan, Michael Jackson) that are the object of derision and bring it on themselves. What's wrong with looking like a well groomed older woman instead of buying into the Hollywood youth culture?
    That being said, Donald Trump has NO room to talk about someone's appearance.

  • foolsage

    Yet again Donald Trump reveals himself as a churlish buffoon.

  • Bullying? Really?

    I hate that those comments were out there for her to read, shudder at the prospect of EVER being even temporarily famous, and will always clap when someone calls out Donald Trump for being the bloviating, squirrel-topped assbag that he is. But not every instance of being mean is bullying. Nor does it need to be. Being a mean asshole is reprehensible enough. No need to slap a trendy label on it.

  • competitivenonfiction

    Personally, I think we should leave the label bullying for the playground/schools. Use terms such as harassment and douchbaggery for adult behaviour, but bullying requires a situation you can't escape. I remember what it felt like to be a child surrounded by derision led by a sociopath and unable to leave the classroom, the playground, the school. I can promise you that no one can make me feel like that as an adult without me getting the fuck out. I know people will claim you can't escape the internet or your workplace, or that you shouldn't have to, but you really can. I promise you can. And you can and should put your own well-being first and foremost.

  • Sirilicious

    Bullying sucks.

    I see quite a few people saying that you shouldn't bash a person for the way they look, but what if they made themselves look that way? I think there would have been a lot less Novak-bashing if she looked like a regular 81 year old. This in no way means she was asking for it. Some people seem to think it is ok to ridicule a celeb for stuff they did to themselves (like Trumps mop) and she kind of did.

    That said, the pressure in Hollywood to look like 25 for a hundred years is ridiculous and it is sad to see so many people pouncing on her. Instead of a 1000 tweets about Novak we should produce a million tweets about how Hollywood should quit that shit.

  • stella

    Ill never understand why so many people feel justified in being giant bags of assholes.

  • Chrispeare

    People who have worked with Hitchcock should be off limits to scrutiny. Especially Grace Kelly, who was like a goddess.

  • Alexander1

    I can understand bashing celebs for vile stuff they do. I can understand bashing them for stupid shit they say. But to bash them for the way they look is just pathetic. People are horrible

  • Esme S

    It's the folly of these aging Hollywood types desperately trying to hang onto their youth that's held up to ridicule--she didn't have to look that way. Who expects an 81-year-old woman to look "hot"? I don't think even Hollywood bothers to go that far.

  • As "off" as she may have looked to many, the woman looks amazing for 81, injections or not!

    And the Donald is just bitter because he has a dead chinchilla on his head. Wait, was that too mean?

  • Steve

    Nope. Trump *chooses* to strap a dead chinchilla to his head, while Kim (like the rest of us) didn't *choose* to age.

  • To be fair, most guys his age do it out of insecurity about aging.

    To be more fair, The Donald's been doing it all his stupid life, so...

  • Steve

    Some of us go the Statham-Willis route. To each his own.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    But he does "have a right to look as good as [he] can," which, in his mind, involves wearing that chinchilla.

  • PDamian

    You'd think he could afford a quality chinchilla, rather than roadkill.

  • Steve

    It's a quirk of the Donald. He prefers to wear what he kills.

  • poopnado

    Ugh. Reminder to self: never be famous.

    Second reminder to self: you aren't good enough at anything to be famous.

    Third reminder to self: don't try to learn a new programming language when your thesis is due.

    Fourth reminder to self: do something. With people. Friday night WHY?!

  • vivkane

    WE'RE people! Internet friends! Right? That's how I can justify it?

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