Hugh Grant Says He Can’t Recognize Renee Zellweger, Proving He’s Still An Asshole

Hugh Grant is the perfect example of the fact that just because something is said in a British accent doesn’t mean it’s particularly nice, correct, or worth even fucking saying. This weekend, Grant said he doesn’t recognize Renée Zellweger’s “new face” and totally proved that he is the big fat jerk everyone secretly knows him to be. Sure, he’s always been a good looking man and a sap in most of his roles on screen, but in real life, he has proven himself over and over again to be the kind of guy one probably doesn’t want to hang out with.

His scandals — like fighting with the paparazzi or getting a BJ from a sex worker — are pretty tame. But shit talking Bridget Jones is just a step too far, in my opinion. Even he knows that he’s a jerk. On a recent appearance of Watch What Happens Live, Grant started by saying that he was “determined to not be a dick.” He was shown pictures of his co-stars and asked questions in a silly talk show sort of way, and he asked, “Who is the one second from the right, because I’ve never seen her before in my life?”

Was it intentional? Unintentional? Who knows. He also joked that most of his female former co-stars all likely “hate” him. Probably because when he thinks he’s being funny he’s actually being a huge, British wanker.

Zellweger’s plastic surgery was a big deal a few months ago, but it’s sort of just terrible to add to the conversation judging her by joking that you don’t recognize her. It’s like the ultimate sad dad joke. Especially because her appearance and how it’s handled in the media is something that Zellweger is troubled by. She told Entertainment Weekly she tries, and has always tried, to not listen to whatever some magazine (probably one like Entertainment Weekly) says about her appearance.

After being trashed for her plastic surgery, she wrote an op-ed on The Huffington Post to put people like Grant in their place. She said:

“It’s no secret a woman’s worth has been historically measured by her appearance, our society has taken for granted that women are standard bearers in all realms of high profile position and influence… Maybe we could talk more about why we seem to collectively share an appetite for witnessing people diminished and humiliated with attacks on appearance and character? Maybe we could talk more about our many true societal challenges and how we can do better?”

She’s right — it’s fucking terrible. And someone like Grant, who also hates the media, shouldn’t play into the double standards that the media often indulges in just because it’s not about him. There’s no reason to shame someone for wanting to get surgery, no matter what their motives were. It would definitely be better to show some support than spewing your BS thoughts about their “new face.” It’s not new; it’s different, and it isn’t yours to comment on.