‘The Last of Us’ star Melanie Lynskey applauds model who criticized her body: ‘I don’t need to be muscular’
‘The Last of Us’ star Melanie Lynskey hit back at ‘America’s Next Top Model’ alum Adrianne Curry on Wednesday for body-shaming her in a since-deleted tweet that alleged she didn’t seem suited to play a role in the post-apocalyptic drama setting.
“Her body says a life of luxury not post apocalyptic [sic] warlord,” Curry tweeted in response to a photo of Lynskey donning a Christian Siriano dress, adding, “where is linda hamilton [“Terminator” actress] when do you need her?”
The 45-year-old New Zealand actress clapped back in her own tweet, writing, “First of all, this is a photo of my cover for InStyle magazine, not a photo from HBO’s The Last Of Us…
“And I play a person who meticulously planned and executed a FEDRA overthrow. I’m supposed to be SMART, madam. I don’t need to be muscular. That’s what henchmen are for.”
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Lynskey followed up the initial tweet by responding further to criticism for her role as Kathleen on the HBO series, tweeting on one occasion, “I understand some people are upset that I’m not the typical cast for this role. That’s exciting to me Other than the moments after the call to action, when it feels like you’re in someone else’s body, the most exciting part of my job is subverting expectations .”
She also said she was happy to see a series advocating for characters to listen to the person with the best ideas, particularly calling out criticism against women in power who she says are under relentless scrutiny for a multitude of reasons.
“Her voice is too high-pitched. Her voice is too quiet. She pays too much attention to her appearance. She doesn’t pay enough attention to her appearance. She’s too angry. She’s not angry enough,” he said. – she tweeted, continuing with , “I was excited to play a woman who had, in a desperate and tragic time, jumped into a role she never expected to have and that no one else had expected her to have, and then she actually got s— done.”
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In Lynskey’s original thread, a commenter sang his praises while calling out Curry’s deleted remark, with YouTuber Magali Vaz sharing a screenshot of one of the model’s follow-up tweets and writing, “If anyone else wondered how she responded” with a rolling eye-emoji.
“I’m sick of people like you bugging me over a NERD review of a NERD show that an actor took personally. She’s NOT her character. She’s an actress hired to play a character,” reads Curry’s tweet.
Curry maintained that his review was for Lynskey’s character and not Lynskey herself, tweeting in a separate post, “a fictional character is not the person who plays him. I loved Mamoa as Khal Drogo… I hated him as a shirtless aquaman dude/brother. There’s nothing wrong with feeling like someone got it wrong.”
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Curry also said his tweet praising Lynskey’s body as “man’s most wanted perfect hourglass figure” was removed from Lynskey’s tweet.
“Chubby girls aren’t a thing in post-apocalyptic scenarios. People work hard and starve. She’s a fictional character! Fiction!” Curry said in a separate post.
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