“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.
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.”
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.