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Renée Zellweger isn't here for your questions about slut-shaming

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Did Renée Zellweger really not think of the implications of her own starring role?

Bridget Jones's Baby is about to be one of the biggest movies of the year. Fans are guessing at the ending, the stars are on a press tour and critics are talking about the film. It seems everyone is thinking about the movie... except, that is, lead actress Renée Zellweger.

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As the Daily Mail reports, Zellweger was asked a hardball question by a reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald. The film centers on her character Bridget Jones' pregnancy — and her baby's multiple potential fathers. Journalist Jenna Clarke asked, "There in an element of shut-shaming. When you initially read the script, what were your thoughts on it?" A tough question, but one that you'd expect a seasoned actress like Zellweger to be able to answer. Apparently, she simply hasn't thought about it.

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Zellweger stuttered, according to the Daily Mail, and responded, "Ah, gosh that’s interesting. I didn’t think about it in terms of its morality. I didn’t think of it that way. I was looking at the quality of the writing and whether it made me laugh." Of course, as an actress, the quality of the writing and comedic potential are two very important things. But isn't it important to understand what the film is saying about women?

Zellweger instead committed a cardinal sin. She deferred to her male co-worker. And surprisingly, Patrick Dempsey had the answers. "I think it works today because there has been a break now that you can get away with that discussion. It makes it very contemporary and progressive," said Dempsey. "The women are a little bit more aggressive and the men are retreating." Hmmm... that sounds good to us. Next time, let's have Zellweger be the aggressive one.

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Did Renée Zellweger really not think of the implications of her own starring role?
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