Okay yes, being a celebrity means being in the public eye. Also yes, the advent of social media and Twitter means that public scrutiny is no longer limited to the tabloids.
But does that mean we all have to pile in when someone’s moustache is less than resplendent?
Alexander Skarsgård won Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series last night for his role in Big Little Lies, but many on Twitter were not so concerned with his acting ability.
Instead many expressed very strong feelings towards Alexander Skarsgård’s choice of facial hair. The commentary ranges from weirdly backhanded compliments…
Alexander Skarsgard is “even with a mustache” handsome.
— Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) September 18, 2017
And that Alexander Skarsgard apparently got tired of being so attractive and tried to remedy it with a moustache
— Aime (@aimeok) September 18, 2017
To, well, no complimentary element at all.
I just attacked my TV with an electric razor trying to shave Alexander Skarsgård’s mustache through the screen.
— phil (@AmericanMerman) September 17, 2017
Is there a change dot org to get Alexander Skarsgaard to ditch the moustache?
— Olivececile (@Olivececile) September 17, 2017
A few people weighed in as pro-moustache but they were few and far between.
Okay, so it’s not a full-on Nick Offerman-style ‘tache, but does it really warrant quite so much vitriol? Bearing in mind that facial hair takes time to grow — what with it being hair and all — it inevitably starts out a little thin, people!
Picking up on small imperfections in celebrities’ appearances has been a staple of tabloid commentary for decades now, but it’s an urge that really should be resisted. True, lampooning Skarsgård’s moustache isn’t quite in the same calibre of objectification as zooming in on female celebrities’ thighs to check for cellulite or making them put their hands in boxes for inspection (remember when Elizabeth Moss flipped off the ‘manicam’? Bloody brilliant) but it’s still pretty harsh.
The conclusion to be drawn from all this is essentially “be nicer”, which is not a particularly useful mantra to preach to the Twittersphere… but I for one hope Alexander continues to do whatever he damn well pleases with his own face.
Also, you know, congrats on the Emmy.