The internet is not known for letting things die down easily, it brings back what you thought was lost to the time and it’s doing that again. A recently surfaced video featuring Anne Hathaway has ignited a lively discussion among her fans.
The footage, dated 2022, showcases a post Valentino fashion show moment in Italy, where the 41-year-old actress is being swarmed by her fans. The question of debate here is, whether ‘The Princess Diaries’s princess was being polite to her fans or rude.
The Polite Gesture That Ignited The Fan Debate
The viral X video showed Hathaway walking to her car and noticing an enormous fan crowd. She addressed the crowd gathered around in Italian, urging them to calm down and gesturing for some quiet. She said, “Mi dispiace, but I want you to have something so if you’d like I’ll just wave a little bit. Thank you for understanding.”
Do you think Anne Hathaway is being polite or impolite to her fans in this video? pic.twitter.com/ebOznRB8pu— Oli London (@OliLondonTV) January 31, 2024
The actress politely declined photo requests due to the overwhelming number of fans. However, she did offer to stand and wave instead so the fans could have something for the moment. While many applauded her grace and considered it a reasonable response, a dissenting faction found her tone condescending.
Seems polite. She could’ve just walked away and snubbed them.— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) January 31, 2024
“Seems polite. She could’ve just walked away and snubbed them,” remarked one supporter, while others defended the actress’s right to set boundaries. However, detractors labeled her response as “condescending” and accused her of being “rude and fake polite.”
With how long she took to he condescending, she could possibly have signed and took the photos. She was being unnecessary.— Royally Sage (@sage1411) February 1, 2024
“With how long she took to he condescending, she could possibly have signed and took the photos. She was being unnecessary” said one user.
Hathaway’s History With Internet Criticism
Anne Hathaway, being who she is in Hollywood, is no stranger to online criticism. The ‘Devil Wears Prada’ star has faced scrutiny all her career. Despite the online hate, the actress has been candid about learning to navigate the negativity and focusing on enjoying her life.
She acknowledged the impact of online hate and expressed a shift away from creating art from a negative space. In a 2022 interview for Elle’s Women In Hollywood cover, the ‘Intern’ star opened up.
“I do my best to not be afraid of what others might say and just focus on enjoying my life.”
The resurfaced video reignited a discussion about the delicate balance celebrities face when managing fan interactions and public expectations. In the end, whether it was a genuine moment of politeness or perceived condescension, it successfully thrust her into the spotlight of public opinion.
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