Zooey Deschanel is certainly one busy lady. She’s fresh off a tour for her latest album, her hit show New Girl is getting set to premiere its third season this month, and she has millions of people following her on Twitter.
In a recent interview with Marie Claire she has slammed internet trolls, calling them, “the worst of human nature.”
Deschanel has hit back at critics that claim she is “not worthy of [her] accomplishments” because of her appearance and mannerisms by saying:
“They say, ‘You don’t belong, you don’t deserve this because here’s why, and let me find an intellectual argument for why you wearing pink or cuff sleeves or a bow makes you not worthy of your accomplishments. Everything you’ve done doesn’t matter because you wore the wrong thing or you speak in a way that’s feminine or you identify yourself as feminine.’ And I just think that’s bullshit. And smart people are doing it, and that’s surprising to me. I’ll give them being smart, but they’re being very short-sighted.”
She went on to say, “It’s just attacking who I am. A lot of times it doesn’t have to do with what I get paid to do. It has to do with ‘Oh, you stupid person’. Even I get slammed and overwhelmed by how negative the Internet can get and I’m an adult. I don’t pay any mind to it, but it’s pretty shocking how when you give people anonymity – it’s like the worst of human nature”
It’s in part due to this online negativity that she co-founded the website HelloGiggles, a positive place online for girls. Snarky comments, gossiping and cursing aren’t allowed on the HelloGiggles website.
“I just felt it’s important to teach young girls to be strong, to not think, I can’t do this because I’m worried about what people will say. There are worse consequences, but online negativity stops people from being creative, part of which is having bad ideas as well as good ideas. When somebody says ‘That idea’s stupid’, you stop the flow of ideas. We can’t have the next generation be so afraid because they have been attacked.”
The HelloGiggles mantra states: HelloGiggles is a positive online community for women (although men are always welcome!) covering DIY and crafting projects, beauty, friendship, sex & relationships, pop culture, pets, television & movies, nostalgia, fandom, tips on savvy and stylish living meant to inspire a smile.
To see the rest of the interview with Zooey, head over to the Marie Claire website, or pick up a hard copy of the magazine, with Zooey on the cover, at newsstands from August 13.