The internet can either be that wonderful jet-way for lightning fast information sharing and the meeting of many, many minds and web dating and such ... or it can just be a place where nasty trolls go to anonymously rip on people and say stuff they'd probably never dare to utter in real life.
Mary-Louise Parker, for one, has had quite enough of the latter end of the virtual world, and in fact, she's so turned off by the vitriol of the interwebs that she's now declared she's about "done" with acting as a result.
The 48-year-old "Red 2" and "R.I.P.D." star, who enjoyed a rapid surge in popularity thanks to her role as the mommy pot dealer in Showtime's "Weeds," spoke to an Australian newspaper about her plans to ditch the thespian world for good, saying she's "not really into it anymore" because "the world has gotten too mean ... it's just too b**chy. All the websites and all the blogging and all the people giving their opinion and their hatred ... it's all so mean-spirited, it's all so critical."
"It's sport for people, it's fun to get on at night and unleash their own self-loathing by attacking someone else who they think has a happier life or something, I dunno," she continued.
Parker, who has two children she intends to shield from such things, came into contact with a bit of the web yuck herself recently ... and she did not like what she saw.
"I don't know if you can imagine a friend sending you something they thought was funny, that was something mean someone wrote about you and there's like 50 comments from complete strangers across the world about you, and you can say 'Oh I let it roll off my back' and 'I wouldn't take it personally,' but you have no idea until it happens to you. It doesn't feel nice," she explained, "and there's more of that than there is whatever praise people think you're getting. There's way more mean-spiritedness. I stay away from it as best I can because I'm too thin-skinned, but still it finds you."
Hard though it might be to imagine someone saying something bad about Mary-Louise Parker, even on the net — c'mon, she seems cool as eff — she seems pretty firm in declaring "I'm almost done acting, I think." And while she might do some theater or television here and there, she's not as gung-ho about the movie scene as she once may have been.
Instead, she'd like to do more writing (she's currently word-slinging over at Esquire, which makes her "happy") and, she said, "I would take care of my kids and my goats. That's about it. Bake. Throw my internet in the lake."
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