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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