September 30, 2022

"Chloë Grace Moretz opened up about suffering from body dysmorphic disorder after a 'horrific' 'Family Guy' meme of herself went viral, admitting she became a 'recluse.'"

The NY Post reports.

I'm unfamiliar with whatever it is that makes Chloë Grace Moretz a celebrity, but she was photographed in a very silly outfit that got made into a meme put alongside this truly hilarious "Family Guy" lady:

 

Why not laugh at what's clearly funny? To react by becoming recluse and then openly shaming the humorists is to reinforce the dynamic that has given us The Era of That's Not Funny.

We're being intimidated into believing that ridiculous things should not be laughed at because people may have mental conditions like "body dysmorphic disorder" that may be worsened by a failure to coddle them with kindness.

If you're photographed in a bad outfit, try to wear a good outfit next time you're out and about delivering pizza of whatever it is you do that's made you famous. This wasn't a case of mocking the shape of her body. It was her own choice to wear terrible clothes. And by the way, I think the choice of clothes is hostile to women. That she did it to herself is actually sad.

54 comments:

RideSpaceMountain said...

That's hilarious. If anything, it should've been the 'gargoyle cameltoe' paparazzi photo. It takes a lot to make the denizens of 4Chan wince...but that one was too much for too many.

Unknown said...

Men would hardly call that a silly outfit. In fact I bet most would call that the ultimate pizza delivery outfit

Unknown said...

Women's pants are always a silly outfit.

n.n said...

#NoJudgment/Judgment #NoLabels/Labels #Funny/Unfunny #Baby/Fetus With the progress of cognitive dissonance, it's no wonder that "top treatments" are back in fashion.

TrespassersW said...

How did we get to the point where so freaking many people in this country are so incredibly fragile?

Unknown said...

Clearly she is a celebrity because of her legs

Earnest Prole said...

Call me old-fashioned but neither her body nor her outfit rubs me the wrong way.

Sebastian said...

"We're being intimidated into believing that ridiculous things should not be laughed at because people may have mental conditions like "body dysmorphic disorder" that may be worsened by a failure to coddle them with kindness."

Nicely put, thank you. But it is actually worse than that, since the intimidation itself abuses the mental conditions to enforce a Gleichschaltung aimed at controlling the culture and subjugating the deplorables.

"If you're photographed in a bad outfit, try to wear a good outfit next time you're out and about delivering pizza"

It wasn't a bad outfit. She looked fine. The outfit might get her better tips.

"And by the way, I think the choice of clothes is hostile to women. That she did it to herself is actually sad."

Why? Because it disturbs the sisterhood by engendering jealousy? I remember when hot pants were a feminist statement. I remember when miniskirts in school were an assertion of autonomy. Long time ago.

Anyway, methinks this whole kerffuffle is a publicity stunt. "Opening up" about "body dysmorphia" is good PR.

Freeman Hunt said...

She thought it was cruel for people to say she had long legs? Isn't that a compliment?

GatorNavy said...

I can assure you that this ‘victim’ woe is me mentality is alive and well in all girls under the age of thirty. Regardless of race, creed or color.

Big O's Meanings Dictionary said...

meme - definition

NOUN

1) an image, video, piece of text, etc., typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by internet users, often with slight variations:
"celebrity gossip and memes often originate on the site"·

2) an element of a culture or system of behavior passed from one individual to another by imitation or other nongenetic means.

VERB

1) create an internet meme from (an image, video, piece of text, etc.):
"there's always one audience reaction shot at the Oscars that gets memed" ·

Opinion:

Amazing that someone who starred in "Kick-Ass" and "Kick-Ass 2", doing and saying the things she did could be so delicate and offended by anything, much less a meme.

Ice Nine said...

Look, don't be screwing around with my beloved Hit Girl!

I have failed to yet understand the mockery bit with the pizza photo. She's got nice wheels and it seems to be quite a flattering photo. Is she supposedly fat in it or something? There are guys who love that Auschwitz look in women that probably think so, I guess - are they responsible for this absurd brouhaha over the photo? What's the deal?

Hunter Biden's tax payer funded Hooker said...

Is the ad showcasing a woman's young curvy behind - a nice touch?

baghdadbob said...

How is a cute little outfit that accentuates her world-class legs "terrible?"

Aggie said...

Let me get this straight, a pretty young woman with great legs who dressed up for the paparazzi makes herself into a recluse over a cartoon vignette with loose similarities, in order to enhance her popularity? What a strange world.

JAORE said...

I am woman, hear me whimper.

MadisonMan said...

Actors are employed in part because of how they look. I have little sympathy for them when someone mocks a look that failed. Live and learn for next time.
If you want only adulation, enter a field that supplies that. Be the next Jesus or something.

Howard said...

She's a big Hillary Clinton supporter and fervent feminactivist. Her body dysmenorrhea is probably a parallax view problem because her eyes are set too far apart.

Joe Smith said...

Don't dress like a whore when you order pizza.

Also, I now know a lot about arterial fibrillation...

Ann Althouse said...

"She thought it was cruel for people to say she had long legs? Isn't that a compliment?"

There's a compliment, but there's a negative that goes with it. There's a leg/torso disproportion in the photograph, which seems to be the "legs up to here" situation that "Family Guy" took literally.

I do think she's now doing an extreme form of "humble bragging."

What I'm critiquing is the demand that we not laugh.

Static Ping said...

I dunno. I thought she looked good.

When you realize that Hollywood is populated with a large number of people with self-esteem issues that use fame as therapy, not to mention a large number of individuals with various mental illnesses which are beneficial to being a creative but not to normal human functionality, these sort of stories are easier to understand. It also explains the large number of predators that find their way into the entertainment industry. It is a target rich environment for sociopaths and psychopaths.

Ann Althouse said...

I mean, it seems that she dressed in a way where she believed she'd get strong compliments about her legs, the part of the look that she emphasized, so she was upset that the focus went somewhere else and her expectations went unfulfilled.

Eva Marie said...

Victimhood is the latest fashion and she wants to get in on the trend.

RideSpaceMountain said...

"Her body dysmenorrhea is probably a parallax view problem because her eyes are set too far apart."

That's nothing. Have you seen the new black Ariel!?! Holy stereoscopic rangefinder batman! The director told her to think 'aquatic', and she went full hammerhead shark. NEVER GO FULL HAMMERHEAD!

That girl's genetics are channeling her inner Sid the Sloth.

Blair said...

That's so stupid. This is a show that compared Renee Zellweger to an anteater. She got off pretty easily.

MadisonMan said...

Let's take a closer look at those legs.
So to speak.

Robert Cook said...

I wouldn't say she is tremendously famous, but she has had some visible roles as an actor. She was a recurring character on the sitcom 30 ROCK (when she was a adolescent), and she has been in several movies.

Lurker21 said...

Live by appearances. Die by appearances. Does that make you philosophical (easy come, easy go)? Or shallow and desperate to cling to what you have?

Not only is Chloe an actress and model, but her father was a plastic surgeon, and the Moretzes made their money in the fabric business, so the shallowness may run deep in that family.

stlcdr said...

There are also people on the internet who will call her a fat hog who spends too much time at the trough. :shrug:

Tom T. said...

She was an extremely successful child and teen star (Ann, you might have seen "Hugo”). One can readily imagine how she may have been sexualized by the adults around her from a very young age.

This is not to say that the meme-makers did anything wrong. I think it's a cute outfit, and she looks great, and I don't think the meme was meant to be degrading. I'm just saying that I can understand why she's fragile.

Paddy O said...

"it seems that she dressed in a way where she believed she'd get strong compliments about her legs, the part of the look that she emphasized, so she was upset that the focus went somewhere else and her expectations went unfulfilled."

Althouse echoing Kierkegaard, who wrote, "[W]hen the ambitious man whose slogan is ‘Either Caesar or nothing’ does not get to be Caesar, he despairs over it. But this also
means something else: precisely because he did not get to be Caesar, he now
cannot bear to be himself." (from Sickness unto Death)

William said...

She's famous, rich, and beautiful. A lot of perks come with that status, but one downside is that if you bitch about body dysmorphic issues in public, not a lot of the public will extend much sympathy. She should restrict her complaints to members of her posse who are paid to hear such complaints... In like manner, members of the royal family should not complain about how unfairly life is treating them.

Randomizer said...

Why is it a virtue to be a pathetic victim?

Nobody forced Chloe to wear those 5 inch heels while delivering pizzas. She is a rich celebrity who wants to be noticed, but only in a glowing and admiring way. Too bad for her.

I do feel bad for non-celebrities who find that a goofy photo from their youth ends up as a meme.

Linda said...

Rarely are the words ‘you just need to get over this’ more appropriate. Yikes!!

HoodlumDoodlum said...
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Gunner said...

Women really hate it when hot guys in sportscars say they have long sexy legs.

Readering said...

Read the CGM interview. Her problems went way beyond one photo/meme.

She is pretty well known, but appears to have had a difficult transition from child star to adult actress.

She was much in the news as the female lead in I Love You Daddy, Louis CK's disastrous, unreleased homage to Woody Allen, in which she had a sort of underaged Tracy/Hemingway role. Articles about the mess tended to be illustrated with unflattering b+w stills of her standing in a bikini surrounded by fully dressed men, which showed off her (now gone) baby fat. I wondered then if she might be affected by all that.

Leland said...

Never heard of her. Google says she's an actress, so looked her up IMDB. Known for lists movies most of which I never heard of and none that I watched. I couldn't pick her out in a line-up. As for the picture, on any given sunny day in Texas I could find a woman her age looking about the same without the psychological problems she seems to have.

On the cartoon, I find the funny part being the woman flashing the man. It is a traditional role reversal with the exception of the initiating act of him making a pass to her. The situation is funny to me, not the oddly shaped body, although I understand that part of the joke too.

JMS said...

The outfit is funny because of the shoes. Her legs wouldn't look as long if she wore lace-up sandals or sneakers, and the red carpet-worthy heels are out of place here. The problem is that she appears to be short-waisted and in this instance didn't dress to disguise that. Maybe her short waist is the source of her body dysphoria. If a short-waisted woman wears high-rise pants or skirts, it does indeed look like her legs go all the way up to her chest. The body type that served her well as a child actress is not the body type that gets her roles as an adult.

Paddy O said...

"the psychological strain successful young blonde beautify celebrities must bear; really tough stuff"

Harvey Weinstein's demands for providing fame and money would cause anyone long term psychological strain.

PM said...

Think she was bugged because the photo was shooped to make her legs longer and torso smaller, creating the FG meme. Well, happens. Public eye, public pie.

boatbuilder said...

I hear ZZ Top playing for some reason…

HoodlumDoodlum said...

My heart breaks for the psychological strain successful young blonde beautiful rich celebrities must bear; really tough stuff.
The point of having "fuck you" money & fame is that you can ignore a stupid joke mocking you. Most of us have to care what others think (so we don't get fired, are able to find a romantic partner, etc) so it's really a shame when others who don't--who have an entire industry devoted to making people think well of them--expect sympathy from us.

She and Brie Larson should collaborate on something.

tim maguire said...

Unknown said...Men would hardly call that a silly outfit. In fact I bet most would call that the ultimate pizza delivery outfit

It took me a while to figure out which photo we were talking about because I don't see anything wrong with that pic. Yes, the high heels do make her legs look really long and I guess now that I know, I can see what the meme was getting at. But still, she's a beautiful young woman and her outfit was not particularly silly.

Like the professor, I have no idea what she's famous for, but as far as I can tell, most women named Chloe are famous for something.

JaimeRoberto said...

So you're saying, the way she was dressed she was asking for it?

bobby said...

She's been living in a warped prepubescent-sexy world forever. She was drooled over loudly for years after the 2 "Kickass" movies, "Hugo" didn't exactly hide her young assets, and I think someone who grows up that way is always going to be . . . skewed. Attack her looks, you attack the only basis she has for living - or so she's always been told.

n.n said...

Sexual Harassment and You - Saturday Night Live

Look at me. Don't look at me.
Talk to me. You bastard.
Now. Not Now.
#HimToo. #MeToo.

Leland said...

I hear ZZ Top playing for some reason…

She doesn't seem to know how to use them.

Seal Of Lion said...

I can't see what the big deal is.

I have a feeling that Chloe is milking this to get some publicity since she's the main breadwinner for her family. She's been in movies and such but never hit it BIG like some other young actors like Dakota Fanning. Easy to do the 'woe is me!' schtick and get noticed.

MayBee said...

The NYP clip running in this post is about SNL now.

DRP said...

The original paparazzi picture was edited to make her legs appear longer and the outfit to appear shorter. It wasn't just a case of "she chose an ugly outfit" That being said, it seems like a silly thing to get in a tizzy over.

Leland said...

MayBee, the clip autoplays and then has so many lined up short clips. You can back it up to the beginning and see the clip in question. It helps with the visuals, but they don't show the "offending" meme.

Baceseras said...

"You'd be amazed what a long-legged woman can do without even trying." Claudette Colbert in Palm Beach Story

ALP said...

Huge fan of Family Guy and I recall that scene. However, had not one clue of what inspired it. How many fans of the show are in my shoes, and have no idea what the source of the joke is?