American actress and director Olivia Wilde appears at the Venice International Film Festival on September 5, 2022. (Photo by Marilla Sicilia / Archivio Marilla Sicilia / Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
For weeks, celebrity gossip about Olivia Wilde and her second directorial project, Don’t worry honeyhas flooded social media.
People have a long list of complaints. Some have “investigated” if she cheated on ex Jason Sudeikis with her boyfriend Harry Styles, and he put it against the star of the film, Florence Pugh. Others have stated that Pugh felt ignored on set by Wilde, who instead was distracted by Styles. There are also rumors that Wilde mishandled Shia LaBeouf’s exit from the film, and that Pugh has he tried to distance himself by the attention the film’s sex scenes garnered.
Now, rabbit holes abound: headlines speculate that Styles and Wilde have split, while countless social media videos dissect the interactions between Wilde and his cast. Pugh and Wilde avoid each other at the Venetian premiere of the film? Because it wasn’t Wilde and Styles sitting next to each other? And strangely, Styles spat on Chris Pine?
Gossip equals a tangled mess of memes that are tangled and hard to follow and force yet another Hollywood woman to bear the brunt of sexist double standards. And, of course, the far right is also involved.
Media Matters, a progressive media watchdog, told VICE News in an email that it has been monitoring posts about Wilde and found that since Aug. 23, posts about Wilde and related topics on right-wing Facebook pages have generated the most interactions. “The right-wing pages posted more than 300 times about Wilde and the film, earning more than 200,000 interactions,” Media Matters said.
Right sites include The Daily Thread, Breitbart and social media platforms such as Gab, Rumble and Telegram. Terms such as “communist whore”, “Hollywood prostitute” and “bimbo” have been used to describe Wilde.
And while 200,000 interactions might not seem like a lot, “the right selling points like The Daily Thread seem to be using this situation to get more engagement on social media,” said Pam Vogel, senior consultant at Media Matters. progressive issues”.
Experts say the way Wilde is dragged and taunted is somewhat reminiscent of the hateful treatment on social media received by Amber Heard during the multi-million dollar libel trial between her and ex-husband Johnny Depp.
VICE Previously reported news how Heard faced countless death threats and other attacks in the process, with one Twitter analytics firm saying the hate amounted to “one of the worst cases of platform manipulation and flagrant abuse by a bunch of accounts Twitter”. Also discovered VICE World News That The Daily Thread spent thousands of dollars promoting anti-Heard content.
Both Wilde and Heard have also been outspoken on progressive issues, so “people who disagree are quick to point out the hypocrisy” when the opportunity presents itself, Vogel said. “And they’re conventionally attractive young women who are well known.”
But even beyond the far-right corners of the internet, people continue to denigrate Wilde.
When comedian John Mulaney announced the end of his marriage and shortly after announced his relationship with Olivia Munn (with whom he now has a son), he didn’t receive the same backlash as Wilde, said Jaclyn Friedman, feminist writer and founder by EducateUS, a group dedicated to improving sex education in the United States
“Olivia Wilde has done — as far as I can tell — certainly no worse than John Mulaney, but it’s not the same outpouring of support,” Friedman said. “With John, everyone came to his defense… This all boiled down to a fight, basically.”
It’s easy to make a list of troubled men in Hollywood who have found success long after their transgressions have been discovered. To name a few: Woody Allen, Roman Polanski and Alfred Hitchcock.
“I don’t know what happened on that set. Perhaps Wilde didn’t do everything ideally… But I also think of legendary directors like Hitchcock who have been awful with women in their films—and are hardly talked about—and are hailed as great auteurs,” Friedman added.
And sure, there are probably problems inside the file Don’t worry honey saga worthy of constructive criticism. LaBeouf claims Wilde deceived people implying that he fired LaBeouf from the film, who was slated to play the male lead before being replaced by Styles. Wilde implied that his decision to remove LaBeouf was out of respect for Pugh.
But, last month, a video surfaced of Wilde apparently asking LaBeouf to stick with the project, resulting in Wilde trying to keep LaBeouf in the film despite Pugh’s alleged discomfort with him.
Wilde claimed that he prioritized Pugh’s well-being and let LaBeouf go. “My responsibility was to him. I’m like a mother wolf. Making the call was tricky, but she kind of figured it out” Wilde said Vanity Fair. “I don’t think it would have been a process that he would have liked. She comes to her work with an intensity that can be combative. It wasn’t the ethics I expect in my productions”.
Shortly after LaBeouf left Wilde’s project, his ex FKA Twigs filed a lawsuit against him and accused him of strangulation, knowingly infecting her with an STI and other violent attacks. It’s unclear whether the allegations had an impact on his role in Wilde’s film, but the timing opens the door to conversations about which actors should be hired and when they should be fired.
“I’d be here for a serious talk for the Shia LaBeouf of everything,” Friedman said. “What is a director’s responsibility to a leading lady who is asked to play opposite a man with serious allegations against him?”
Those of us who weren’t on set will probably never know the whole truth, but that hasn’t stopped People On The Internet from pitting Wilde and Pugh against each other with fervor, a cliché that has haunted women forever. “It’s no coincidence that it’s an older woman versus a younger woman,” Friedman said.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise. Education show society she has a problem with successful women in a way she doesn’t with successful men, so she (unfortunately) tests that people are quicker to defeat Wilde than her male counterparts. “We, as a culture, are fundamentally uncomfortable with women in power, and that’s underestimating that,” Friedman said.
Think what pieces and tabloids have dissected Wilde and Pugh’s Instagram accounts in an attempt to determine if the celebrities have had a falling out. They speculated that Pugh did not promote the film a lot on his behalf, tried to put the timing together which suggest Pugh is avoiding press conferences and have even dug deep Pugh’s stylist account for more tips in the rumored drama.
“I don’t want to come off like, ‘Oh, Olivia Wilde can’t be wrong’—I don’t think that’s the corrective,” Friedman added. “I just don’t think the way the talk is going down is an example of how it doesn’t go down with men.”