Zooey Deschanel is taking on her haters.
The “New Girl” star spoke with Marie Claire for their September 2013 issue and opened up about the unnecessary hate sent her way on a regular basis. “I became aware that people were criticizing the way I speak, which seems weird to me,” she tells the magazine. “I speak the way I speak, and I am an intelligent person. Sometimes I lean into California-speak more for entertainment value. It’s not that I can’t live in a world without the word ‘like.’
“My theory is that people in this day and age want to dismiss things. So they want to be able to dismiss you. They say, ‘You don’t belong, you don’t deserve this because here’s why, and let me find an intellectual argument for why you wearing pink or cuff sleeves or a bow makes you not worthy of your accomplishments,” she said. “Everything you’ve done doesn’t matter because you wore the wrong thing or you speak in a way that’s feminine or you identify yourself as feminine.’ And I just think that’s bulls***.
“And smart people are doing it, and that’s surprising to me,” Deschanel admits. “I’ll give them being smart, but they’re being very shortsighted.”
“It’s just attacking who I am. A lot of times it doesn’t have to do with what I get paid to do,” she adds. “It has to do with, ‘Oh, you stupid person.’ Even I get slammed and overwhelmed by how negative the Internet can get, and I’m an adult.”
Deschanel recognizes that the type of criticism she faces can have a much larger negative effect on those younger than her, especially teenage girls. In response, she’s co-founded HelloGiggles.com, a snark-free zone for girls that’s meant to be a positive online community. “I just felt it’s important to teach young girls to be strong people, to not think, I can’t do this because I’m worried about what people will say… We can’t have the next generation be so afraid because they have been attacked.”
While the actress says she doesn’t “pay any mind” to the haters on a personal level, she admits, “it’s pretty shocking how when you give people anonymity–it’s like the worst of human nature.”