Ok, so I know this is a topic that has been beaten down and discussed in every possible forum, but I’m going to cover it anyhow so if you don’t want to read it then don’t. I don’t care either way.
I was trying to think of my next blog topic while driving home and listening to Taylor Swift’s album, Red. I thought of my Anne Hathaway haters post and didn’t want to write the same thing about Taylor Swift bc she’s discussed far too often. Then I thought of a BuzzFeed article I read about people hating on Jessica Chastain for no reason
and wanted to write about that, but, again, I didn’t want to write another post about people hating on some famous female. THEN I thought about George Clooney at the Oscars with Stacy Keibler and I found my topic.
First, let me just lay out the facts (in no particular order):
Taylor Swift: Age 23
Taylor Lautner: Age 21 (difference of 2 years)
Harry Styles: Age 19 (difference of 4 years)
Joe Jonas: Age 23 (difference of a few months)
John Mayer: Age 35 (difference of 12 years - she later wrote the song
Dear John about how she was too young for that relationship)
Jake Gyllenhaal: Age 32 (difference of 9 years)
George Clooney: Age 51
Recent Famous Dates:
Stacy Keibler: Age 33 (difference of 18 years - he was a legal adult
when she was born)
Lisa Snowdon: Age 42 (difference of 9 years)
Elisabetta Canalis: Age 34 (difference of 17 years)
Monika Jakisic: Age 33 (difference of 18 years)
My question, to you, is one that has been asked a million times. Why does T Swift get all this flak for serial dating “younger men” when the youngest guy she’s dated was only 4 years younger than her? How come no one yelled at Jake Gyllenhaal for dating her when the age gap was 9 years? Why is Clooney applauded for dating women who are 18 years younger than him by the same people who ridicule Swift?
Let me put out there that I am a Taylor Swift fan. I also realize that she has dated A LOT of men (by most standards) over the years. However, that is her prerogative. I’m a fan of Clooney and Gyllenhaal as well and think they should be free to date whomever they please as well. I’m not criticizing anyone’s dating choices. Rather I’m criticizing the public’s need to analyze every relationship in the public eye to the point of tearing happy couples apart.
Another, totally different example, is the relationship between Rhianna and Chris Brown. Obviously I do not condone domestic violence (or violence of most any kind, for that matter). However, unless you actually know the couple, it’s none of your business whether they are back together or planning to get married or whatever. I understand that Rhianna is in the public eye and, therefore, serves as a role model for her fans. BUT, she’s also human and she has to follow her heart. She will make mistakes, but it’s not the general public’s responsibility to ridicule her love life.
I guess that last part didn’t have any connection to the double standards presented in the dating world, but I didn’t think I could rant enough about that topic to make a whole new post.
Overall, I just think the public needs to butt out. Celebrities are people just like you and me and they need to make choices without having everyone and their mother criticize their every move. I know this little rant won’t make any difference, but maybe if people stopped buying tabloids so often and stopped tuning into the gossip news programs (I know they’re addictive - trust me), then maybe this whole issue would die down a bit.