The Public Is Just As Responsible For Mistreating Famous Women, And Here Are 12 Examples To Prove It

    Serena Williams deserves so much better.

    Recently we've been asking the BuzzFeed Community to tell us when famous women were disrespected by the media, which has sparked a plethora of important conversations around celebrities and how they're treated as a whole.

    Diane Sawyer questioning Whitney Houston's weight in a 2002 interview

    However, it's not just the toxic behavior perpetuated by the media that's affected how famous women are perceived — the public has played a major role, too. This inspired us to take a deeper dive and ask the BuzzFeed Community when famous women were mistreated by the public. Here are the eye-opening results.

    Warning: Some submissions include topics of racial bullying, verbal abuse, and online harassment.

    1. Meghan Markle

    A Tumblr account mocking Meghan Markle's race from her recent interview with Oprah, which reads: "How could anybody know what color she is in order to be racist?? Look at her hand compared to her bronzed up face"

    2. Brie Larson

    A tweet of multiple photoshopped pictures of Brie Larson’s Marvel character, Carol Danvers, smiling

    3. Kelly Marie Tran

    A picture of Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico in "The Last Jedi" with a block of text from her New York Times essay, "I Won’t Be Marginalized by Online Harassment"

    4. Halle Bailey

    A tweet insulting Halle Bailey’s casting as Ariel in “The Little Mermaid” live action remake; Halle Bailey on a 2019 red carpet; Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” (1989)

    5. Olivia Wilde

    A red carpet image of Olivia Wilde from 2020; a few blocks of abusive comments from Wilde's Instagram account, slut-shaming her for dating Harry Styles

    6. Zendaya

    Zendaya as Mary Jane in "Spider-Man: Homecoming;" A block of text from a Hollywood Reporter article interviewing Zendaya on being cast as Mary Jane

    7. The Chicks

    Someone protesting The Chicks with a poster that reads: "Sluts suffering from dysentery of the mouth!" A US citizen from the South saying "We love George W. -- they should be shot for saying stuff like that"

    8. Leslie Jones

    A red carpet image of Leslie Jones at the "Black Panther" premiere; a block of text from a BuzzFeed News article that reads: "Hackers also reportedly posted a video of Harambe at the top of Jones' website"

    9. Kim Kardashian

    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at the 2013 Met Gala; a Twitter user insulting Kim Kardashian's look while pregnant, saying: "Kanye named his couch 'Kim Kardashian' and took it to the Met Gala last night"

    10. Jane Fonda

    Jane Fonda at a 1972 press conference; a young man holding a protest sign that reads: "Miss Fonda or Hanoi Jane;" a vintage button from the 1970s that reads: "Boycott Hanoi Jane"

    11. Serena Williams

    A Twitter user saying horribly racist things about Serena Williams: "Serena Williams looks like a gorilla, and sounds like a gorilla when she grunts while hitting the ball"

    12. And Taylor Swift

    A series of tweets from the #TaylorSwiftIsOverParty hashtag from Swift's "Miss Americana" documentary; a clip of Kanye West fans chanting "Fuck Taylor Swift" from her "Miss Americana" documentary

    Submissions have been edited for length and clarity.