Neon Genesis wrote:
Even in the case of adultery, I still feel like women celebrities get more of the brunt of attacks than the male celebrities. Even the charges of "home wrecker" and "husband stealer" are very gendered based. How many people attacked Brad Pitt as a "home wrecker" or just criticized him for his actions in the affair in general? Angelina still got the worst of the attacks in it and the affair seemed to barely phase Brad Pitt's status at all. It was the same thing with Rupert Sanders' affair with Kristen Stewart. Stewart got all the attacks and humiliation and Rupert barely got any of it all and Stewart hasn't had a big hit since then it seems like yet now Rupert is directing the live action Ghost in the Shell. You also have minority celebrities like when Ellen first came out she got so much abuse and nearly lost her career just for being one of the first out gay celebrities. Ellen is universally loved now but people forget how much hate she got when she came out. You saw a lot of the same outrage from bigots as well when Caitlyn Jenner came out as trans and trans celebrities can still face discrimination. Of course celebrities inherently are more privileged than us but I still personally feel like there's big differences between straight white men that are rich and powerful versus women and other minorities that try to become successful. In the case of Angelina, if she's not doing any criminal or saying racist and bigoted stuff or using her status in a discriminatory way, I just don't care about her private life.
Well, many people back then were under the impression that Angelina was the one who "seduced" Brad in the first place, so in a lot of people's minds, it was largely Angelina's fault for instigating the affair to begin with, this notion could've been fueled by the fact that Angelina had similar previous scandals & rumors of having affairs with other married men before Brad. So that could be a reason why she received the bulk of the criticisms and humiliation. But I agree that it was equally Brad's fault because he was just as responsible for having the affair with Angelina, it takes 2 to tango, and although Brad did receive a lot of criticism from the public for the affair also, however it seemed like most of the blame was still put on Angelina. But like I said, the whole scandal did not hinder Angelina's career or popularity and she continued to succeed in her career. While Johnny Depp and Mel Gibson were not so lucky.
As for Kristen Stewart's affair with Rubert Sanders, yes that's another unfortunately example, she definitely received a more severe punishment and shame for the affair than Rupert did.
I do see your point about how there still seems to be this gender gap between how male and female celebrities are treated on average or in general
by both the public and the industry itself, and I did state in my original comment that I do agree with you on this point, I never denied it. And sadly there's still no gender equality across most if not all other industries too in general
, and it's not just in the entertainment industry.
All I'm saying is that there are still SOME exceptions of female celebrities getting special treatment and male celebs getting many criticisms and backlash and severe punishment for their actions, depending on the celebrity, such as the case of Angelina, Mel Gibson and Johnny Depp.
As for LGBT celebs, I think whether they're male or female they all tend to receive a lot of criticism and discrimination and backlash. Ellen is an example, but she's so universally loved now that I think she qualifies as another example of female celebs who gets treated better by the public, because her career certainly did not suffer because of her homosexuality, the general public has already overlooked the fact that she's a lesbian and has accepted it, she's so famous and beloved now and her career is so successful, and her many adoring fans love her and support her no matter what her sexuality is. Not many other LGBT celebs are as fortunate and beloved as she is now.
As for transgender celebs like Caitlin Jenner, she did receive a lot of backlash and shaming. There's no doubt that there tends to be a lot of backlash and shaming and discrimination of LGBT celebs in general, but in some cases I think it's mostly due to the initial shock and outrage that many people have about the realisation, but once the initial shock dies down and people have more time to digest the truth, more people gradually become more supportive and understanding and accept the truth. But it depends on who the celebrity is of course, like in the case of Ellen and Zachary Quinto, they initially received a lot of hate and shaming from the public when they first came out, but over time many people gradually accepted their sexuality and overlooked it, now Ellen is more universally famous and beloved than she ever was in the past, and Zachary Quinto has a successful acting career and he too has many fans who adore him also. There are actually many gay celebs in the industry, while of course there will always be discrimination against them and other celebs in minority groups in general, but there are also some gay celebs or celebs from other minority groups having successful careers and having many fans who support them.
We need to understand that this is just how society is in the real world, it's not just celebs of minority groups who get discriminated, us everyday normal people of minority groups get discriminated all the time too in real-life. I was teased and bullied and received a lot of racist hate when I was in high school just because I'm Asian, so I understand how being teased, bullied and discriminated feels like. And I never disagreed with the fact that people of minority groups in general still get discriminated, whether you are a celebrity or not.
What I meant by celebrities getting better treatment is that if you are wealthy and powerful and influential like many celebs are, you tend to be able to get away with alot of things, even buy your way out of problems maybe, or get other kinds of special treatment that us normal everyday poor people don't get or cannot afford to get. And let's not forget that celebs have many fans who support them and adore them, us normal people don't have that kind of fanbase or special treatment from the public.