10 Years After Anne Hathaway Was The Victim Of Uncalled For Public Hate, People Have Accused Her Of Being “Rude” And A “Mean Girl”

    “We cannot start the anti-Anne Hathaway thing again. She did her time, and it wasn't deserved then, and it's certainly not deserved now.”

    Anne Hathaway was just 18 years old when she got her big break as Mia Thermopolis in the 2001 movie The Princess Diaries.

    closeup of a younger anne

    At the time, the young actor was warmly welcomed by the general public, and quickly grew a dedicated and adoring fanbase that supported her through other breakout roles in hit films like Brokeback Mountain and The Devil Wears Prada.

    anne in the devil wears prada

    But by the time that Anne won her first Academy Award in 2013 for her performance in Les Miserables, seemingly everybody had turned their backs on her.

    anne crying in les mis

    A decade later, it is clear that there wasn’t really a reason for the so-called “HathaHate” that followed. The beginning of the end can probably be pinned to when she cohosted the 2011 Oscars with James Franco, with her enthusiasm rubbing critics up the wrong way.

    james and anne on stage

    And it was that same earnest excitement that sparked backlash during awards season two years later, with Howard Stern saying after her Oscar win: “Let me sum up why people hate Anne Hathaway; first of all she gets a speechwriter to write her speech. She’s overly dramatic at these award shows. She’s always out of breath. She’s even acting when she’s winning an award.”

    closeup of anne

    This appeared to be the overriding consensus, with critic Richard Lawson agreeing: “She’s got this theater kid thing where she adopts the mood of every situation she’s in but wildly overcompensates every time. She always seems like she’s performing, and her favorite act is this overstated humility and graciousness.”

    anne holding an award

    While the hatred was obviously incredibly misguided and uncalled for, it was also relentless and prompted a yearlong hiatus from the star. Upon her return to the spotlight in 2014, she admitted to Huffington Post: “My impression is that people needed a break from me.”

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    Later that same year, Anne told Harper’s Bazaar that she’d lost out on acting roles because of the public’s disdain for her.

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    “I had directors say to me, ‘I think you’re great. You’re perfect for this role, but I don’t know how audiences will accept you because of all this stuff, this baggage,’” she said, adding that learning of the hate had felt like being “punched in the gut.”

    closeup of anne walking outside

    She went on to say that the experience of being the internet’s punching bag had made her “a way more compassionate and loving person” as she insisted that she doesn’t “feel sorry” for herself.

    closeup of anne smiling wearing sunglasses

    Anne’s tactic to withdraw from the public eye and wait out the hate train appeared to work, and before long she was back on our screens as people admitted to being wrong about the star.

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    In October, Anne reflected on the way that she was targeted during a speech at Elle’s Women In Hollywood event. She said: “10 years ago, I was given an opportunity to look at the language of hatred from a new perspective.”

    anne speaking behind a podium

    “This was a language I had employed with myself since I was seven,” she went on. “And when your self-inflicted pain is suddenly somehow amplified back at you at, say, the full volume of the internet... It’s a thing."

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    “When what happened, happened, I realized I had no desire to have anything to do with this line of energy. On any level,” Anne added. "I would no longer create art from this place. I would no longer hold space for it, live in fear of it, nor speak its language for any reason. To anyone. Including myself."

    anne giving the speech

    "You do not have the right to judge — and especially not hate — someone for existing. And if you do, you’re not where it’s at," she concluded.

    closeup of anne

    But recently, pop culture fans noticed that the tide was threatening to turn against Anne yet again. And ironically, a red carpet interview from the same Elle event is what triggered the latest discourse.

    closeup of anne

    In the interview, a reporter asked Anne if she had ever spoken about her movie The Devil Wears Prada with Anna Wintour, to which she said she had. The journalist then pressed: “And what has she shared?”

    anne and anna wintour at a fashion show

    “Why would I tell you?” Anne playfully laughed in response. The reporter replied: “Because I’m a fan and I need to know.”

    someone's tiktok with text imposed saying so rude on top of anne's face

    “I know, but you weren’t there,” Anne said.

    anne and anna wintour at a fashion show

    The interview clip resurfaced on TikTok earlier this month, and the person who posted it branded Anne “so rude” before reiterating in the caption: “why she being rude 😭”

    The video has been viewed more than 6.8 million times and racked up over half a million likes as Anne was branded a “mean girl” by viewers in the comments.

    closeup of anne at the met

    “It’s not what she said it’s how she said it. The reporter wasn’t being impolite so there was no reason for her to respond impolitely,” one person wrote. Another added: “she gives such mean girl vibes, I don't know why people say she's so nice.”

    “That was so unnecessary of her both answers lmao,” a third comment read. One more agreed: “omg since when was anne hathaway like that.”

    “celebrities acting flabbergasted when people ask about their lives as if they didn’t choose this life,” someone else wrote. Another said of Anne: “Her energy’s always been off to me.”

    “Anne Hathaway gives mean girl vibes,” one more agreed. Another user claimed: “I feel like this is a ‘never meet your idols’ moment.”

    But the video and a screengrab of the cruel comments received a starkly different reaction when posted to Twitter. Here, many argued that Anne was under unfair scrutiny and that other celebrities would have got away with the exact same response.

    closeup of anne wearing sunglasses

    “yall would eat this shjt up if it was aubrey plaza,” one person wrote. Someone else agreed: “i love them but if this was aubrey plaza or jennifer lawrence no one would bat an eye.”

    “People are always more critical when the nice girl stops being nice for 2.5 seconds than they are when the mean girls and snobs act mean and snobby all day,” a third claimed.

    “I honestly respect the way she stands up for herself and respects other peoples privacy. the public is not entitled to every detail of you life. period,” someone else tweeted.

    Others acknowledged the past HathaHate era and shared their refusal for it to happen again. One said: “We cannot start the anti-Anne Hathaway thing again. She did her time, and it wasn't deserved then, and it's certainly not deserved now.”

    We cannot start the anti-Anne Hathaway thing again. She did her time, and it wasn't deserved then, and it's certainly not deserved now https://t.co/gEwMyASU1X

    — Your good friend Chris Normal (@HeyThatsMyLeg) May 9, 2023

    “y’all not finna bring back the anne hathaway hate train,” another agreed.

    y’all not finna bring back the anne hathaway hate train https://t.co/7Ryjsyt49W

    — shiv roy apologist (@TWPlTW) May 7, 2023

    While one more seemingly summarized the entire situation as they claimed: “misogyny is VILE. y’all see successful women and feel threatened so you make up false narratives about her in comment sections…”

    misogyny is VILE. y’all see successful women and feel threatened so you make up false narratives about her in comment sections… get help immediately https://t.co/CMk4qLZas2

    — MARii ♡ ゚₊ · (@peachdollette) May 9, 2023