Former child star Mara Wilson used an article expressing solidarity with singer Britney Spears to talk about how she was “sexualised” by the public and media when she was growing up.
Actress of Mrs Doubtfire and Matilda said she “photoshopped into child pornography” before she was 12.
Now 33, Wilson said she and Spears were written “stories” about the “dark ways” were taken by child artists.
‘Our Culture Builds These Girls Up Just To Destroy Them’
“Our culture builds these girls up just to destroy them,” she continued.
Wilson, whose films include the reboot of Miracle in 1994 on 34th Street, re-emerged in the light as she entered her teenage years and is now a voice artist and writer.
Writing in the New York Times, she said decided not to follow the path of teenage actresses who appeared on the covers of lad mags or in provocative music videos. “I had already been sexualized anyway, and I hated it,” she said.
‘This Was All Intentional’
She wrote that “she had never been seen in anything more revealing than a knee-length sundress” in her childhood films.
“This was all intentional: My parents thought I would be safer that way. But it didn’t work. People had been asking me, ‘Do you have a boyfriend?’ in interviews since I was six. Reporters asked me who I thought the sexiest actor was and about Hugh Grant’s arrest for soliciting a prostitute.
“It was fun when ten-year-olds texted me saying they liked me. It wasn’t when 50-year-old men did that.
Mara Wilson’s Opinion Piece
“Hollywood has decided to deal with the harassment in the industry, but I have never been sexually abused in a film. My sexual harassment has always been in the hands of the media and the public.”
Her opinion piece follows the airing of Framing Britney Spears, a documentary about the singer’s life, career and contested legal arrangements.
“Many moments of Ms Spears’s life were familiar to me,” Wilson continued. “We both had dolls made of us, had close friends and boyfriends sharing our secrets and had grown men commenting on our bodies.”
Framing Britney Spears has led to renewed criticism about the singer’s treatment, and prompted apologies from her ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake and some media outlets.