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Trolls make “Weeds” star Mary-Louise Parker want to quit acting
The actress concedes she’s thin-skinned, but the world is “just too bitchy” for her.
Mary-Louise Parker is thinking of quitting acting because of the Internet.
The 48-year-old actress who played the sexy suburban drug dealer Nancy Botwin for eight seasons on Weeds told the Australian press that the constant negativity often found in online forums was getting to be too much to her.
“The world has gotten too mean for me, it’s just too bitchy,” she said, according to the Herald Sun.
“All the websites and all the blogging and all the people giving their opinion and their hatred … it’s all so mean-spirited, it’s all so critical.”
Parker, who will star in the comic book-based films Red 2 and RIPD, admitted to having a thin skin.
“I don’t know if you can imagine a friend sending you something they thought was funny, that was something mean someone wrote about you and there’s like 50 comments from complete strangers across the world about you – and you can say ‘Oh I let it roll off my back’ and ‘I wouldn’t take it personally’, but you have no idea until it happens to you. It doesn’t feel nice.
“And there’s more of that than there is whatever praise people think you’re getting. There’s way more mean-spiritedness. I stay away from it as best I can because I’m too thin-skinned, but still it finds you.”
The actress is the latest celebrity to publicly speak against the detrimental nature of the Internet. Earlier this month, 1990s teen vixen Jennifer Love Hewitt revealed that she was quitting Twitter because of all the bad juju.
Fidel Martinez is a web culture and politics reporter. His work for the Daily Dot focused on Reddit and YouTube.