Orange Is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling just slammed what she dubbed the inauthentic, selfie-obsessed ‘Kim Kardashian culture.’
In an interview with with Elle Canada and she opened up about how she lives her life sans social media, and managed to throw major shade at the 34-year-old reality star while doing so.
It has almost become a defiant thing at this point because I do not believe this celebrity Kim Kardashian culture is what I signed up for. I’d rather create something honest than try to create something for a social media account.”
The Fordham University grad also noted that, in her experience, having more Instagram followers ‘does not get you more jobs’. She went on to explain,
There is something so sad about going online and seeing almost everyone shouting, ‘Notice me, notice me!’ Which is such a human desire — to be acknowledged. But me responding to that with some sort of, ‘You’re noticed, you’re seen’ only perpetuates the loneliness.”
While she might seem unapologetic for her staunch views about what the Internet has to offer, she doesn’t mean to come off that way. Schilling, 30, believes that people deserve to be appreciated in their own way instead of through fictional validation.
In fact, she believes it takes real courage to be true online.
It takes a lot of bravery to be authentic and honest and to take that social mask off in order to connect with another human being. So much of what makes us who we are is smoothed away online. And what truly connects us is the wrinkles, not the smoothness.”
She also thinks of herself as too sensitive to be able to handle the criticisms she might face if she shares.
Besides, my brain is just way too fragile for both,” she admits. “I am susceptible to what people think; I think we all are. So it’s just easier for me to not engage with it too much.”
In coming out as a transgender woman, U.S. Olympic gold medalist and TV reality star Bruce Jenner made clear that while he is keen to help raise awareness about problems faced by the trans* community, he is not self-appointing himself as a spokesman.
I would like to work with this community to get this message out. They know a lot more than I know. I am not a spokesman for the community.”
During a groundbreaking interview, Jenner made a case for the transgender community’s fight in the United States for equality, a safer society and more acceptance and understanding – in Washington, in church, in the media.
In the last few years, the community’s visibility has been on the rise, with hollywood beginning to embrace transgender characters and storylines in TV shows like Transparent and Orange Is the New Black.
Mainstream acceptance of transgender people is in its infancy, making the transition hard for everyone, whether famous like Jenner or not. However, by now putting such a well-known face and name to the causes of transgender people could help accelerate the drive for equality, just as high-profile endorsements gave momentum to the fight to legalise gay marriage in the United States.
Barbara Warren, a psychologist and director for LGBT Health Services at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City, said the following
The more people that are prominent and are influencers and can share and humanise the transgender experience, the more our social system will become more accepting.”
The legal system in the USA is still lagging, and legal rights of transgender people vary dramatically from state to state. Gender identity discrimination affects employment, public accommodations – the right to be served by businesses and institutions – the use of public restrooms and public documents.
Healthcare is also an area of concern. In most states, it is legal to deny insurance coverage for transgender-related health services, like hormonal therapy or gender reassignment surgery.
Jenner is now seen as “the best possible model for public advocacy on the issue of transgender people’s rights because he was the world’s greatest male athlete … the most male of males.”
Jenner won the Olympic decathlon in 1976, earning the title of “World’s Greatest Athlete” and the respect of generations of Americans.
For younger generations, he is known better as the patriarch of the Kardashian family after eight seasons on the reality TV show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”
The ABC interview included messages of support from his six biological children and he said his Kardashian stepchildren have been mostly understanding, including the wildly famous Kim.
How his transition plays out on television could be the real game-changer for the transgender community.
Barbara Warren concluded…
I think that actually has the potential for more impact than Jenner’s individual transition. People are going to see if Kim Kardashian supports her stepfather. That is going to have more of an impact than Jenner’s coming out.”
Kristen Stewart & Alicia Cargile spotted together again, and again, and AGAIN!
Kristen Stewart is still driving the tabloids wild, not only is she the face of Wonderland, BUT she still insisting on travelling the world with make-up artist, and LESBIAN friend, Alicia Cargile. Are they, aren’t they… we’re not too sure, but they certainly have everyone’s attention.
Ellen Page dating Shailene Woodley?!
Really – but they’re just BFFs. Well apparently Ellen’s coming out and Shailene’s fluidity in love means there is plenty of room too gossip.
According to certain sources, the pair are rumoured to be dating, having been spotted dining in West Hollywood. A dinner, which comes on the back of Shailene hinting at her possible bisexuality – telling The Hollywood Reporter:
“I fall in love with human beings based on who they are, not based on what they do or what sex they are.”
Personally I think everyone needs to calm down a little bit. Yes they would make a great lesbian power couple, but a dinner date with a lesbian doesn’t automatically make you gay.
High drama for Angel Haze
On a slightly sadder note – rumours were buzzing that Angel Haze and her girlfriend Ireland Baldwin split. Noooooooo!
It was only 48 short hours ago, we were blissfully happy, listen to Haze’s brilliant new track, Candlxs, a love song she says she wrote for her girlfriend.
But then something terrible happened, with the rapper tweeting:
But like all lesbian relationship the heartache was short lived and today the couple are back in love again… phew.
Cara Delevingne bounces back…
And final we have Cara Delevingne. Oh Cara, Cara, Cara… how you make our office buzz. According to source, Ms Delevingne love affair with Selena Gomez is over… when did it even start?! Hmmm, I seem to remember this little rumour started circulating last year for some reason vaguely to do with Justin bieber, but this short-lived romance has now been dashed by Gomez moving onto DJ Beau Zedd. Shame.
Alas we cannot be too sad for Ms Delevingne, as she has quickly been embraced by two Hollywood tribes – the Willis (Bruce Willis and Demi Moore children).
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