On April 8th, actress Minnie Driver posted a photo of herself relaxing near a beach, along with this message: "Finally on holiday with my family. I'm going to make 4 days feel like a month." The next day, a series of paparazzi photos hit the web showing Driver wearing a two-piece bathing suit during her Miami vacation. Shortly after that, Driver took to Twitter again, this time to to vent her frustrations over being criticized for her bikini body.
I've seen the reactions she's referring to, and I feel really bad for her. The awful comments about Minnie Driver's appearance weren't just hateful, they were completely unmerited.
Not that it really matters what she looked like in the first place -- crapping on someone's body is never okay -- but when I look at the photos, I see a woman who's in great shape. She looks healthy, happy, and has the sort of visible muscle definition that most 44-year-olds would die for. She also looks 100% natural, as in not perfectly-lit, carefully posed, made up, or Photoshopped, and I guess that's why people decided it was a free-for-all on tearing her apart.
I also don't think it helps that sites rush to post these unsolicited paparazzi photos with headlines that specifically call attention to her body ("Minnie Driver Wows at 44 in Teeny Bikini!" "Minnie Driver Shows Off Sexy Bikini Body!"), because that essentially begs readers to pass judgment on her appearance. You know what I mean? There's exactly nothing newsworthy about Minnie Driver wearing a bathing suit on her vacation. The only reason to report on it is to talk about how she looks.
Anyway, here's what Driver posted on Twitter after the photos started circulating:
God some people are horrible: you try being photographed when you don't know it's happening, when you're on holiday with your kids.— Minnie Driver (@driverminnie) April 9, 2014
I'm out of this Twittersphere for a while. It's too mean sometimes, about your body , about your soul. Not worth it.— Minnie Driver (@driverminnie) April 9, 2014
Man, that just sucks. Especially since just a week ago she told ABC News that she really enjoyed using Twitter, that she used it for news and to "answer the nonsensical rubbish that is written about you or not engage with that. It's given a little bit of control back, I love it."
Celebrities don't usually admit when public comments get under their skin, and while I wish she hadn't been on the receiving end I actually think it's great that she's coming out to say that yes, she sees that negative crap, and yes, it hurts. Maybe it'll make someone think twice before hitting the publish button on a cruel, utterly pointless remark.
Oh, and if by chance Minnie Driver reads this: fuck 'em. Lady, you look fantastic.
Image via Twitter