The media response I’ve heard following the Oscars have been especially unkind to Goldie Hawn and Kim Novak—both of whom seem to have taken all too obvious steps to hide the aging process.
For the most part—and especially on Twitter—I find the reaction unkind, to wit:
The Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman tweeted: ‘#AcademyAward for worst plastic surgery: tie between Kim Novak and Goldie Hawn.’
And that was one of the least unkind comments I read.
It must be said that I dislike these extreme examples of anti-aging plastic surgery. And I find Hollywood’s fixation with youth-above-all distasteful. (And let’s face it, Hollywood’s fixation is merely a reflection of the youth-fixation of our broader society.)
The two things—plastic surgery and fixation with youth—are, of course, inextricably linked and lead to the heartrending sight to which we were treated on Sunday night: two older, formerly beautiful, woman trying to look young.
What’s wrong with getting old, being old or looking old? Aging is as natural a process as exists. I am privileged to know several women—my wife included—who have a natural look in old age without plastic surgery.
Surely women need not maintain their youthful looks until their deathbed. Many women, in fact, grow more beautiful as they age. And extreme age should be worn as a badge of honour.
The above notwithstanding, when a woman does seek such obvious plastic surgery, it’s her own business and she should not be a subject of mockery. Why deride her? In what way has she harmed any of us that we wish to retaliate with such derision?
Many of us have a basic need to tear down others, perhaps to make ourselves seem superior, or so it seems. To me, this comes across as mean-spiritedness.
Women have mirrors, they all know how they look, so I say, leave them alone.