Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Cooper ‘upset’ by cruel Hathaway criticism

Anne Hathaway

Anderson Cooper fiercely came to the defence of Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway today, insisting the star doesn’t deserve the cruel comments waged against her.

The actress has been tangled in controversy for days after she swapped her Valentino gown for a pink Prada confection.

So-called “Hatha-Haters” also attacked the actress for rambling through her thank-yous after receiving the best supporting actress award for her role in Les Misérables and later crying in the pressroom.

The American television personality came to her defence Thursday on his afternoon talk show Anderson Live.

He insisted few people understand the pressure Anne is under in the spotlight.

"In our morning meeting today, we were talking about this and the level of hatred people have towards Anne Hathaway; I had no idea. She seems like a perfectly lovely person," Anderson said, adding that he was “upset” by the commentary.

The CNN news anchor went on to profess his admiration for Anne’s talent.

Anderson’s co-host chimed in, calling her Oscar speech “terrible”.

But he insisted the 30-year-old movie star deserves more credit.

“She seems like a lovely person, I think she's been through a lot. People have all these judgments about her; they don't know what she's really like,” he said.

“She got up there, she made eye contact, she remembered people's names without reading it. I mean, give her a break."

Anderson admitted he doesn’t know Anne personally.

But the idea of others swinging at her seems unfair, he said.

“I had no idea this whole hatred existed, I feel like I've just woken up and realised the entire universe is attacking her and I feel bad for her and I am defending her,” he explained.

Anderson isn’t the only one who has come to Anne’s defence in the wake of the controversy.

Girls creator and star Lena Dunham took aim at her critics earlier this week while trying to inject some humour into the matter.

"Ladies: Anne Hathaway is a feminist and she has amazing teeth," Lena mused on Twitter.

"Let's save our bad attitudes for the ones who aren't advancing the cause."

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