Why Celebrities Are Missing the Point of That Jeremy Strong Profile – Pajiba Entertainment News

Why Celebrities Are Missing the Point of That Jeremy Strong Profile – Pajiba Entertainment News

As we enter the second week of Jeremy Strong profile discourse, I find myself growing ever wearier with how tediously predictable this fallout has become. Michael Schulman’s piercing, evocative, and often prickly portrait of the Succession star for The New Yorker quickly went viral in ways that pieces of celebrity-oriented writing seldom do. Everyone had their thoughts but mostly Twitter engaged in some light ribbing of what seemed like a very committed if self-serious actor, and some surrounding conversations on topics like method acting. It wasn’t really all that dramatic until some people suddenly got furious at the article.

Jessica Chastain, an actress who I would have imagined as a person too busy for Twitter, spent days letting everyone know how wonderful Strong is and how undeserving he was of a hit-job from the notorious clickbait-seeking hacks at The New Yorker. She then shared a letter of support for Strong from Aaron Sorkin that compared his intensity to that of Dustin Hoffman, an accused sexual harasser who was notoriously nasty to his colleagues in the name of actorly craft. Adam McKay got all self-righteous about it, and so did Anne Hathaway. It was the prestigious version of that time all the Marvel actors got indignant about Chris Pratt being the subject of Twitter jokes. If only all of these folks were so vocal when their marginalized colleagues are being subjected to online abuse.

I’m stunned that we even need to talk about this mess. Are people so truly devoid of media literacy that the idea of a celebrity profile that isn’t a fawning piece of PR fluff is immediately declared to be a callous piece of character assassination? Did anyone really buy the idea that The New Yorker of all publications would want or even need to engage in tabloid-esque nonsense? It seemed like the Streisand effect was destined to come into play once stars with way bigger marquee power than Strong himself decided to act as Twitter police. Maybe you didn’t think he was all that bad in the profile but once everyone had to start yelling about how wonderful he was, it was hard not to wonder if the protests were too much.

It was Sorkin’s self-aggrandizing letter that did it for me and reminded me of a painful reality of this part of our job: for most celebrities, all they want journalists to do is provide good and unpaid PR. They don’t want to be asked interesting or in-depth questions. They’re not interested in discussing their work or themselves with any sort of substance beyond buzzwords and meme moments. So, when a skilled writer is able to get the access, the interviews, and the editorial guidance to craft a piece that does more than discuss IMDb credits and what their subject ate for lunch, it cannot help but come across as some sort of attack.

Once again, Michael Schulman did a good job: his profile is layered and paints a striking portrait of a complicated figure who seems to simultaneously inspire awe and concern among his colleagues. Strong seems intense and committed to his work, sometimes to a fault, but there’s no point in …….

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