I’m not gonna lie, I have loved Reese Witherspoon’s little heart-shaped face and Southern drawl since she first appeared in The Man in the Moon when I was a pre-teen. I love that she tackles non-obvious roles. I love that she eclipsed her first husband’s career and made no apologies for it. I love that she managed not to drag him through the mud after they divorced. We also share a birthday. And I went hands-down in the tank for her as an actress after Walk the Line (which I will watch each and every time it comes on).
I was even down for her when she got mom-drunk and tried to raise up on a cop. True, it was a blatant display of White privilege but it was also kind of hilarious and she was properly mortified afterwards.
Well, today I think I became a Reese Witherspoon stan for life.
By my count (and I have spent the better part of a week combing social media) she is the first and ONLY White actor in all of Hollywood to make an explicit public statement in support of POC increased recognition in the industry since the Oscar nominations came out over a week ago.
Brava, lady. That’s how you ally.
ETA: Someone on Facebook just alterted me to the fact that George Clooney (aka the original McDreamy) spoke out as well:
Awesome. Especially from someone with so much clout. The Academy released its new diversity action plan earlier today. I guess we’ll see how that goes.