Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can…make you want to quit your career? FormerWeeds star, Mary-Louise Parker, says that harsh words continue to push her away from pursuing more acting jobs.
Parker told news.com.au that the internet’s tendency to attack celebrities has become too much to handle.
"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," she says. "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."
Mashable reports that the actress, who played a drug dealer on Weeds, has said that she’s “mostly done acting.” Fortunately, she has not ruled out at least one more TV show, or maybe even a stage role.
"I don’t know if you can imagine a friend sending you something they thought was funny, that was something mean someone wrote about you and there’s like 50 comments from complete strangers across the world about you — and you can say ‘Oh I let it roll off my back’ and ‘I wouldn’t take it personally’, but you have no idea until it happens to you. It doesn’t feel nice," said Parker.
Twitter can be a great place for fans to interact with their inspirations, but some users seriously misuse these privileges.