Susan Sarandon is one of the most celebrated actresses in Hollywood. Not only has she won an Academy Award, Sarandon has been acting since 1970 – that’s five decades in the craft. Five decades staying relevant in the most fickle industry on the planet. So when Twitter lit up with shaming messages about how inappropriate Susan’s outfit was las night, many a headline was created. Some news outlets leapt to her defense, whilst some merely echoed the naysayers sentiments.
Firstly, bravo to Sarandon for looking SO DAMN HOT and wearing a stylish and unique outfit for the ceremony. The white blazer, buttoned in the middle over the black bandeau, was not exactly pornographic. Let’s be real people. In fact compared to the ‘naked dresses’ beloved by Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé, Susan’s look is practically a burka.
And yet those outfits are celebrated as sexy and daring. Maybe it’s just Not Age Appropriate, you say? Well at 69 she looks better than most could ever dream of, and that seems worth celebrating to me. For my second point, I bring you back to her age. The world (or Western civilisation at least) has long ago come to the consensus that after ‘a certain age’ women cannot be sexy, and therefore must shrivel up and die whilst wearing layers of chunky acrylic knits, croc shoes and summer scarves.
Now we all know Susan doesn’t like to play by the rules, just one of the things which makes her so awesome as a person, not just another bland celebrity shrouded in good PR. Seemingly some people can’t take the fact that Susan owns her sexuality rather than shy away from it. In reality this says a lot more about our own hang-ups and insecurities when it comes to body image than the perceived controversy of a woman wearing an exposed bra in public. Can we really not be happy for a woman over fifty having fun with fashion?
In a perfect world everybody would agree that Susan totally owned this look at the SAG Awards. But if you don’t, if you are one of the Twitter titty vigilantes taking offence at a bit of cleavage, I hope I at least made you think about why exactly you feel the way you do. And if that still doesn’t convince you, go watch the Friends episode she guest stars in.
That’ll do the trick.
– Thomas Marrington