Actress Eva Mendes recently discussed her fashion routines and how it related to marriage, and her comments didn’t sit well with everyone across the Internet. Before going too far into the post, we’ll go ahead and share with you here offending “sweatpants” comment right now.
Mendes is married to actor Ryan Gosling, whom many think of as the biggest heartthrob working in Hollywood today. When asked about keeping her hubby happy at home, she observed that sweatpants can ruin marriages.
“You can’t do sweatpants … ladies, number one cause of divorce in America, sweatpants, no!” she said in an interview with Extra.
The comment drew some ire from readers and listeners across the country.
“Seriously? If a guy is going to divorce me cuz I wear sweatpants then I don’t need him in my life,” noted Facebooker Jenefer Lyn. “How shallow can a person be to divorce you over what you wear?” said Carolyn Lucas. “And it’s totally ok for the husband to not give a d**n how he looks, right?” quipped Jeff Weber.
Obviously, it was easy to get mad over what Mendes said, but here’s why her critics are wrong:
1. She was using hyperbole. People use this form of speaking or writing to emphasize a point. Not because they expect it to be taken literally. I doubt seriously that Mendes truly thinks sweatpants are the number one cause of divorce in America.
2. Her bigger point is on the money. While addressing women on this point, what she’s actually saying is that it’s important to care about your physical well-being in a marriage, every bit as much as you would your mental well-being. Her advice wasn’t directed at men, but it no less applies. You don’t have to be Eva Mendes or Ryan Gosling in the looks department, but you should strive to be the best version of yourself. That means taking charge of your health and wellness and striving to be someone that you AND your partner can be proud of.
Do you think Eva Mendes’ comments were out of line, or are people making a big deal out of nothing?[Image via Flickr Creative Commons]