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This critique of Jodie Comer’s new movie poster nails Hollywood’s sexist double standards

“But women are not allowed to have pores, or wrinkles, or any imperfections… because they don’t grow old. They’re just born naturally perfect.”

She captioned the video: “bcs man with wrinkles is sexy, woman with wrinkles doesn’t exist”.

Sure, a picture can paint a thousand words, but it’s this short video clip that has done it in this case, as Masha, whose bio reads “Your internet Big Sis”, has put her finger on a phenomenon that often crops up in Hollywood – and it seems her followers agree.

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The clip has since been “liked” over 211.8k times (at time of writing) – and has received almost two thousand comments. 

Many have weighed in in the comments section, with one TikTok user writing, “I always notice in like an action/fight/war movie the man is dirty and messed up whatever but the women always somehow have a full face of makeup.”

Another added, “Like… they made a decision to make her look so out of place. Jodie would have looked BADASS with some grit like the rest. ugh”

Meanwhile, someone pointed out they had noticed a similar phenomenon with Netflix’s poster for You: “This is what annoyed me about the photo Netflix used for the show You. Same exact thing.”

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It’s notable that Jodie Comer, aged 28, is a decade younger than her co-star Adam Driver (38), and more than two decades younger than her on-screen husband Matt Damon (51). Equally, You  actor Victoria Pedretti, aged 26, is almost a decade her co-star Penn Badgley’s junior (he’s 35). 

Yet it’s still worth questioning why these on-screen age gaps always seem to crop up – because it’s potentially a whole gender double standard in and of itself. As one TikTok put it, “If you notice, when there is a love story in a movie, normally the actor is around 40 years old and the actress doesnt [sic] even arrive at 30.” 

Even disregarding the age differences for a moment, the image of Jodie (and Victoria) have a pore-less, airbrushed-seeming, otherworldly glow that – let’s face it – is sort of unattainable beyond, well, puberty.

Sadly, this is one of many, many examples of sexism still rife in Hollywood – earlier this week, Lupita Nyong’o spoke to GLAMOUR about the gendered comments she gets from others in the industry. 

“I’ve definitely been on sets and I remember going to get something to eat, and the person manning the table offering me, ‘oh, you might want the salad,’ because the assumption is because I’m an actress, I don’t eat carbs,” she revealed.

Thankfully, things are ever-changing – and the more that TikTok-ers (and the wider world!) can call out these double standards, the better.

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