Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen don’t owe anyone smiles. Not men. Not photographers. Not the internet. Page Six learned that lesson the hard way when they published a slideshow on the twins’ 32nd birthday with a dozen pictures of the sisters, from their teenage years to modern day, giving photographers the same steely stare. The slideshow was meant to be evidence that the Olsens are “still figuring out how to smile,” but the internet wasn’t buying it.
After the slideshow was published, Twitter users slammed Page Six for suggesting that the Olsens owe the public a smile. The users explained that the slideshow was especially problematic given the stereotype that women are meant to be happy, pretty, passive and willing to engage in unwanted conversation through a smile.
The slideshow, which was tweeted with the headline, “Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen seem to be still figuring out how to smile,” was criticized, with people telling Page Six to delete the article while others reminded the tabloid that they smiled enough as children (implying they're all good on the smiling front now that they're adults).
However, the main criticism was Page Six’s assumption that just because the Olsens are women, they’re expected to smile and show how nice they are. It's the kind of social policing that many agreed was uncalled for and completely irrelevant to any conversation being had about them.
women 👏🏻 don't 👏🏻 owe 👏🏻 anyone 👏🏻 a 👏🏻 smile 👏🏻 https://t.co/xZq74sEtqI
— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) June 18, 2018
Women weren't placed on earth to light it up for men.
— Jen Lavery (@JenniferLavery) June 18, 2018
are y’all really that fucking tone deaf? #donttellmetosmile
— the mean stine (@themeanstine) June 17, 2018
Just because they are girls doesn’t mean they have to smile…
— 📌 "robyn" (@msrobynxo) June 17, 2018
They smiled enough for us when they were children leave them tf alone.
— Alex Edelman (@AlexEdelman) June 18, 2018
Once again, the internet is right. Whether they’re child stars or grown women, the Olsens don’t owe anyone a smile.
Originally posted on StyleCaster.