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Published August 25, 2013

So Ben Affleck got cast as Batman.

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I know what you’re thinking.

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Yeaaaaah. There’s a lot more out there, but you get the gist of it. Let me qualify – I’m not particularly thrilled about the casting. It’s not that I despise Ben Affleck. I didn’t care especially for . I’m also not a big DC movie fan, so eh.

But people really seem to have a beef with Affleck. Not the director, or the screenwriter, or the plot of the next Batman arc, but Affleck. I’m not sure why – he’s not a terrible person, as far as I can tell. And he’s had a few flops, but hasn’t everyone? Ryan Reynolds in The Green Lantern was pretty shocking, and remember how utterly awful Catwoman was? Halle Berry is an excellent actor, but by God, that movie was a drag.

My point is that people seem to be completely hating on Affleck without giving him even a chance. So in honour of Ben Affleck’s Batman, here are five other actors who get way too much hate. FYI, these are the people who really don’t deserve this much hate. (People like Chris Brown and Roman Polanski can go to hell for all I care.)

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway holds her Oscar for winning Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Les Miserables" in Hollywood

You know Anne Hathaway? She got her break in The Princess Diaries (which I loved to be honest). She’s recently shot to even more critical acclaim with her performances in The Dark Knight Rises and Les Miserables.

I honestly don’t understand why people dislike her. I mean, she’s a talented, interesting, opinionated and intelligent lady. Oh. Right. That’s why. She doesn’t kowtow to the incredibly sexist expectations that female celebrities are often held up to.

Just look at it. She turns a creepy ass question about her vagina back to the real topic – the movie she’s there to promote.

And this one.

Her part of the interview starts at 0.28, but Christian Bale’s part serves as an interesting comparison. Christian Bale was asked about his motivations and how he created character depth, whereas most of Anne’s questions are about her catsuit and her diet. Riveting, obviously.

So stop hating on Anne Hathaway. Just because she doesn’t pander to the lowest common denominator, and she calls out creepiness and rudeness, and her eyes are kinda huge doesn’t mean she’s the worst person ever.

No, that title belongs to Roman Polanski for statutorily raping a girl, fleeing the country, and continuing to make movies. And have them be popular. You know what? EVERYONE IS THE WORST. Ahem.

Kristen Stewart

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Kristen Stewart is emotionless. Kristen Stewart is a bitch. Kristen Stewart is a homewrecker. She also is in love with vampires.

Oh wait, most of that is her character in Twilight. Fun fact: Kristen Stewart ≠ Bella Swan. Actors ≠ their characters. Got it?

As her co-star and ex Robert Pattinson said once (at least, I think I saw this online somewhere and this is definitely totally paraphrased and probably made up but go with me here): When people form an image of a celebrity, that’s how they’ll see them. Out of all the photos with Kristen Stewart smiling, laughing, whatever, they’ll chose the ones where she isn’t showing emotions on her face as proof. LOOK. KRISTEN STEWART IS A MEAN, EXPRESSIONLESS BITCH. Etc, etc.

This also stems from a societal expectation for women to be happy and pretty and smiling all the time.

Go f*** yourself.

Michael Cera and Jesse Eisenberg

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I had to put these two together, because they get confused a lot, and also I’m kind of lazy. They both have curly hair and that sort of awkward demeanour that made their early careers so beloved by audiences of indie movies.

But actors need to find the perfect balance of awkwardness, lest they become seen as annoying and unable to mature. Michael Cera tipped that balance pretty quickly, and a lot of people still want to punch his face. I feel like Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (wasn’t that an amazing movie?!) may have tipped it back in his favour. But that’s just me. I freaking love Scott Pilgrim.

Jesse Eisenberg, on the other hand, managed to jump out of that indie rut with The Social Network. Now he has that problem where people see him as that asshole who dicked over his wide-eyed friend in that movie, instead of you know, some guy who was in some movie.

Ben Stiller

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Yeah I got nothing.

Look at him. What a tool.

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