On Monday, Florence Pugh (whom I recently discovered thanks to the new Little Women, a movie I'm sure 5% of people reading this saw) posted a picture of her mans, Zach Braff (there's a name I haven't heard in a while), in honor of his birthday.
Pugh is 24 and Braff just turned 45, a 21-year age gap that quickly brought the haters out to play.
But Pugh is simply NOT having it.
“Within about 8 minutes of the video being posted, I had about 70% of the comments hurling abuse and being horrid and, basically, bullying someone on my page.
It is the first time in my entire Instagram life that I've had to turn off the comments on my page.
I will not allow that behavior on my page. I'm not about that.
It makes me upset. It makes me sad that during this time when we really all need to be together, we need to be supporting one another, we need to be loving one another—the world is aching, the world is dying—a few of you decided to bully for no reason.
I am 24 years old, I do not need you to tell me who I can and cannot love."
First of all, filming Little Women clearly had a positive effect on Pugh. That or her British accent makes her sound wiser beyond her 24 years. Either way, she managed to deliver a strong, firm message with grace. I'm sure her efforts will be futile to the many trolls out there, but as long as she feels good about it, then job well done.
Secondly (and the primary reason for this blog), I'm a little surprised people actually care enough about their age gap to troll HIM. Since when is an older man dating a younger woman weird or uncommon or grounds for bullyiing? Especially in the 20s and 40s age range and especially when the guy is Zach Braff who will seemingly always be a young scrub.
Why troll Braff?
Sure, maybe if Pugh was some random gal without money or a job who was clearly only interested in digging for gold. Under those conditions, I could see the "she's using you and you're too stupid to see it" comments towards Braff. I could also see the pedofile insults if she was 18 and barely legal. Or if she was, oh let's say, a young Guess model and Braff was an 89-year-old oil tycoon she met at a strip club, well then the flood gates would open.
But she has her own shit going on that's starting to take off and he's doing whatever behind-the-camera stuff he's doing, so who fucking cares! I mean really, who cares.
Maybe this is what happens when sports go away.