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Drama. Drama. Drama. When is this not the case? Especially when it comes to Hollywood and the ongoing headlines that encompass this world that seems like a reality show. As most of you may know, last weekend the long-awaited Emmy’s took place and everyone made sure to be watching. Even though I could write about the actual show and all that went down during the annual event, I decided to focus on a particular controversial occurrence that happened during the sole moment that appears to be more interesting than announcing the winners. In case you haven’t figured it out, the aforementioned moment would be the red carpet. Stars shine bright as they carefully walk along this page of history that represents much more than a simple piece of fabric. More specifically, about an interview E! News streamed with Shailene Woodley – you may get a peek of her on the Emmy-nominated series Big Little Lies. She got the lead role on the abc family show The Secret Life of an American Teenager - absolutely no comment on that *cough*, played the dying love interest in the cheesy-yet-heart-warming The Fault in our Stars, and of course the Divergent series.

Soooo, what happened exactly?

Now, when the interviewer, naturally, asked her about her favourite TV shows, Woodley went on to say she doesn’t watch TV at all. When she was eighteen, she moved out of her parents’ house and has been living as a nomad ever since. She is clearly a woman that seeks adventure and has no problem with going wherever life takes her, however, this lack of stability calls for some serious life changes, as is not owning a television. For this reason, she tells the interviewer that she does not watch TV and opts to read instead. Given the fact that the Emmy Awards is a show that honours the silver screen, many people took her comment as almost an insult. Wait, wait, wait. Back up a little. Even though it’s clearly her job to act and promote a TV show, no one ever said anything about her watching it. She then mentions she doesn’t understand “when do people have time to” watch TV, yet she knows the sixteen nominations “means people are hungry for shows like this” where the characters are much more complex and you get to actually see it on screen.

HBO Canada (left to right) Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley
HBO Canada (left to right) Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley

But, why is this such a big deal? Because TV watchers seem to be offended that someone who appears on TV doesn’t actually watch TV. This, to me, sounds more like a lack of open-mindedness and missing sense of humour than what they say to be a “diss” from her part. While she clearly didn’t make the comment on a serious note, people couldn’t stop talking about it and how incoherent she seems to be. All in all, I think we could’ve paid more attention to her work on screen which, after all, is actually relevant to the topic, than judge what she does with her spare time.

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