‘Tabloid media is a tool to pit women against one another’: Olivia Wilde Says Media Hates Powerful Women, Hints They Made up Florence Pugh Controversy to Bring Her Down

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Director Olivia Wilde is the woman of the moment. Her first directorial venture was a huge success. This made expectations for her upcoming movie Don’t Worry Darling sky high. However, the second film has been plagued by controversies from the start. This led to a lot of tabloid speculation about the individuals involved in the project and their relationships inter se. This has apparently not gone down well with Olivia Wilde, who launched a trade against tabloid media in a segment of her recent interview with Variety.

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Olivia Wilde

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Director Olivia Wilde Trounces Tabloid Media

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Olivia Wilde at an event

As aforementioned, Olivia Wilde recently gave an extensive interview to Variety in the backdrop of her upcoming film, Don’t Worry Darling. In the latter half of the interview, she took shots at the Tabloid publications that have been the bane of her existence lately. She said:


“The whole culture of celebrity gossip is interesting as a distracting tool to numb people from the greater pains of the world,” she says. “Escapism is really a very human quality, searching for something to anesthetize the painful reality of so many people’s lives. I don’t blame people for seeking escapism, but I think the tabloid media is a tool to pit women against one another and to shame them.”

She then continued and opined:

“Listen, I’m not asking for any sort of pity. My life is extraordinary. I’m thrilled with my life,” she says. “But I do wish, for the betterment of society in general, that we would all disengage from a cycle of bullying and hatred. We’ve just lost empathy, and we just don’t give people the benefit of the doubt — specifically women. We just assume the worst from women, and I don’t know why.”

Olivia Wilde does make many valid points here.


Related: Olivia Wilde Kicked Shia LaBeouf Out of ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Because She Has a “No A**Holes Policy”, Wanted to Protect Florence Pugh From His “Combative Energy”

The Director of Don’t Worry Darling Talks about Florence Pugh

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In the same interview, Wilde talks about her experience of working with the actors involved in the film including Florence Pugh. She says:

“We were all brought so close by the bubble of the production,” (Talking about the lead pair in the film) “She was really a great supporter of his as someone who was newer to a film set. And he was such a great supporter of hers, as someone who understood it was her film.”

With the release date of the film now approaching, we hope that its success drowns out all the negativity and drama.


Don’t Worry Darling releases on the 23rd of September 2022 in the United States.

Related: ‘You and I Both Know The Reason’: Shia LaBeouf Trolls Olivia Wilde for Saying She Fired Him from ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Because of a “No A**holes Policy”

Source: Variety

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