Anti-bullying advocate Anderson Cooper is sticking up for another helpless victim mercilessly picked on by legions of mean-spirited tormenters: actress Anne Hathaway.
The 30-year-old star of “Les Miserables” may have walked away from this year’s Oscars with a golden statue for best supporting actress, but she also got a whole lot of hate with it. Critics groaned at her Oscar speech, calling it over-rehearsed and disingenuous. She also had to apologize to Valentino for switching her red-carpet gown to Prada at the last minute.
But she has at last one guy in her corner. This Thursday, the 45-year-old host of “Anderson Live” unleashed a rant of support for the maligned actress with an Oscar-worthy performance.
“The level of hatred people have toward Anne Hathaway, I had no idea! She seems like a lovely person!” he exclaimed on the air. “I don’t understand. I think she’s incredibly talented. She seems like a lovely person. I think she’s been through a lot, and you know what, people have all these judgments about her -- they don’t know what she’s really like. The amount of pressure she must feel knowing that all these people hate her, give her a break!"
Cooper has taken a keen interest in the issue of bullying in the United States for the past few years, and this week his show on CNN, “Anderson Cooper 360,” will air the documentary “The Bully Effect,” which follows up on the kids featured in the groundbreaking 2012 film “Bully” by Lee Hirsch.
“Look at him go!” Cooper’s co-host remarked at his passionate speech, who remained unconvinced throughout the segment. Executive producer Terence Noonan represented the “Hathahaters,” throwing in comments from the sidelines.
“Why’d she have to go out there and whisper ‘Thank you. It came true’?” he mocked.
Cooper was having none of it.
"I've got no dog in this hunt. I don't know Anne Hathaway. It just seems so completely unfair to me. I had no idea this whole hatred existed. I feel like I've just woken up and realized the entire universe is attacking her, and I feel bad for her and I am, I have defended her," he said, before Noonan proclaimed him president of the Anne Hathaway Fan Club.
But Cooper’s not the only one who’s come out in support of Hathaway. “Girls” creator Lena Dunham used Twitter to applaud Hathaway and boo Oscar host Seth MacFarlane.
“Ladies: Anne Hathaway is a feminist and she has amazing teeth. Let's save our bad attitudes for the ones who aren't advancing the cause,” she wrote, adding: “Hey ragers. ‘The ones who aren't advancing the cause’ I mentioned aren't always, or mostly, women. Case in point: I saw your boobs."
Imagine the thank-you speech Hathaway will undoubtedly give her biggest supporter!