Hollywood star Justine Bateman has a message for younger generations of women who “fear” aging and said “it’s an effing lie” when people tell you there’s something wrong with their face.
During the 57-year-old writer/director’s appearance on Monday on the “Today” show, the star slammed social media for telling women young and older that they need plastic surgery.
“In society, where do we even get the idea that women’s faces are broken and have to be fixed?” Bateman said. “It’s psychotic. The idea is psychotic. And I think the suggested solutions are barbaric.”
The “Family Ties” star said that she thinks the reason women get plastic surgery is because of a deeper fear and suggested they first deal with the fear before doing something to their looks.
.@JustineBateman opens up to Hoda and Jenna about how she gets over the fear of getting older and how much she enjoys living without the pressure of worrying about her appearance: “Stop defending a brand that isn’t going to live past you.” https://t.co/9Vdo4TzvkH pic.twitter.com/jHZAvfXK6y
— TODAY with Hoda & Jenna (@HodaAndJenna) April 3, 2023
“For someone it might be they’re afraid they’re never going to get a mate,” Bateman explained. “Or they’re afraid their mate will leave them. Or they’re afraid that they won’t get a job.”
“Or they’ll lose the job they’ve got or people aren’t going to listen to them anymore, something like that,” she added.
The conversation then turned to young women who are on social media and Bateman said “It’s an effing lie. It’s a lie that there’s something wrong with your face.”
“There’s nothing wrong with your face,” she added. “Don’t let it distract you from all the things that are coming your way.”
She then suggested young women shouldn’t be on social media “so much” and said simply that what you see on there “it’s not real.”
“Social media isn’t real. I’m not on social media,” Bateman said as she explained people should instead live in the real world, travel, learn a language, enjoy being young with little to no responsibilities instead of worrying about one’s looks.
Bateman —who’s worked in Hollywood for more than 30 years — said she’s not going under the knife to stay looking younger and likes the way she looks.
“I just don’t give a s***,” the actress previously said. “I think I look rad. I think my face represents who I am. I like it.”
“Sure, you can do all of that, and then I feel like I would erase not only all my authority that I have now, but also I like feeling that I am a different person now than I was when I was 20,” Bateman said of her own experience with aging naturally.
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