Mary-Louise Parker Is Done With Acting Because People Are Too Mean

Mary-Louise ParkerThe Internet can be a mean and vile place, and Mary-Louise Parker for one has had enough. The Weeds star is so fed up with all of the hate in fact that she's going to retire from acting and would like throw her internet in the lake.

"I'm almost done acting," she said recently in an interview with News Corp Australia. She said she simply doesn't have skin thick enough to handle it all.  She's also worried about her children, ages 9 and 6, being exposed to "such hatred." "I'm not really that into (acting) anymore," she said.

What a shame. And she seems like one who gets treated pretty well when it comes to celebrities. It's a good thing she's not a Kardashian.

She went on to say:

The world has gotten too mean for me, it's just too bitchy. All the websites and all the blogging and all the people giving their opinion and their hatred … it's all so mean-spirited, it's all so critical.

It's sport for people, it's fun to get on at night and unleash their own self-loathing by attacking someone else who they think has a happier life - or something, I dunno.

It would be such a huge loss if she does retire because of this, as she's an incredible actress. From Fried Green Tomatoes to Boys on the Side and everything since, she's shown true talent through the years. So the fact that she's caving to gossipmongers and vitriol on the Web is depressing. She says it goes beyond just Internet commenters, to our entire culture today:

It's a mean culture - it's reality TV and it's watching people suffer and watching people humiliate themselves. It's little girls in pageants and housewives and plastic surgery and people in rehab. It just feels like a very ugly … it's like someone just lifted up a rock and that's all we're looking at.

She's right in many regards. I respect her for making the move she thinks is right for her family and her own mental well being, but I wish she would just stop reading all the mean crap and keep acting. Of course, as I know just from comments here on The Stir, that's easier said than done.

Will you be sad to see Mary-Louise Parker retire? Do you agree that our culture today is mean?


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wdenise wdenise

I love her! I hope she doesn't retire :(

jalaz77 jalaz77

I enjoy her as well. She has to look away from that crap.

nonmember avatar Jenna

I will be so sad to see her go. She has always been one of my favorite Hollywood sexpots. I completely understand her position, however. The industry is just overwhelming sometimes.

Nelli... NellieAthome

Of course our culture has turned meaner over the years - want proof? Just look at all the judgmental  articles written on The Stir full of snide insinuations and nasty judgmental statements - all the 10 Annoying Things In-Laws Say type articles filled with nasty judgmental statements about relatives followed by even nastier comments from readers about their in-laws. Articles glorifying people being beaten because they are in jail, articles criticizing celebrities for their looks and their actions.

Ms Evans - how can you reconcile your "the world is getting meaner" question with your articles gushing over those horrible reality shows and delving into celebrities private lives by speculating on domestic violence charges????

nonmember avatar dummy813

People are critical of her because she is a poor actress.

ILove... ILovemyPaulie

I 100% agree with her.  I worry for future generations. Everything is going down the toilet.

Christian Hernandez

Haters are always going to hate it's just human nature...

cleig... cleigh717

So does she plan to leave the country to bc whats under that rock is our american culture. And not being in, America is th2 only way to escape the meanness.

nonmember avatar Randy

I have something bad to say. She is a liar. There is no way she could look that good and only be 48. She looks way younger than I do and I am 36. Way to go Mary, Maybe she should take up modeling instead.

Laurie Palmer

I will miss her because she is such a good actress. But if she is trying to escape the negativity and mean treatment so she & her kids are happy, I support that decision because the Paps are so aggressive, and don't care that they are hurting people. 

Look at Suri Cruise. She's had cameras and Pap bugging her her entire life. Who would want to live with that. I like she spoke up. But the guy who said she was a spoiled little bitch was WAY OUT-OF-LINE. I know in CA, many celebrities are trying to pass a law where the Pap can't take pictures of the children unless it is agreed upon. I hope the law passes. 

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