If you google Keanu Reeves right now, you will get some hits regarding the premiere of his directorial debut, The Man of Tai Chi. You also will read a lot about his paunch. After the increasingly reclusive actor made an appearance at Cannes the other day, tabloids ripped into him for packing on a few pounds and not resembling the man whose stunt double kicked ass in The Matrix. The Best Punny Headline Award, as usual, goes to the New York Daily News: Cannes I Have Some More?
Looking at the photos, it’s evident that yes, Reeves gained some weight. But he is not “fat”—if you shot Karlie Kloss from that angle she would look like she had a double chin. And even if he were, shouldn’t we draw a line at dissecting people’s weight so publicly and snarkily? Typically this sort of thing is much worse for women, and tabloids are always getting a ton of flack—but also a lot of attention—for it. But this instance shows that men aren’t exempt from being called “bloated and aged” by the Daily Mail. And this isn’t exactly what we have in mind when we think about equality of the sexes.
Instead, try discussing Reeves’s new movie. And if you absolutely have to make fun of him, his terrible Elizabethan accent in Much Ado About Nothing is fair game. His love handles? Not so much.
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