Zooey Deschanel responds to critics

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In the interview, the New Girl star speaks about the teasings she receives, especially for her very feminine style.

“My theory is that people in this day and age want to dismiss things,” she explains.

“So they want to be able to dismiss you. They say, ‘You don’t belong, you don’t deserve this because here’s why, and let me find an intellectual argument for why you wearing pink or cuff sleeves or a bow makes you not worthy of your accomplishments. Everything you’ve done doesn’t matter because you wore the wrong thing or you speak in a way that’s feminine or you identify yourself as feminine.’ And I just think that’s bullshit. And smart people are doing it, and that’s surprising to me. I’ll give them being smart, but they’re being very shortsighted.”

And because she has learned to detach herself from critics and wants to make sure that others won’t be affected by criticism, she has created her own website for teenagers called “Hello Giggles”.

“I just felt it’s important to teach young girls to be strong people, to not think, I can’t do this because I’m worried about what people will say,” she says.

“There are worse consequences, but online negativity stops people from being creative, part of which is having bad ideas as well as good ideas. When somebody says, ‘That idea’s stupid,’ you stop your flow of ideas. We can’t have the next generation be so afraid because they have been attacked.”

As for what she calls heaven on earth, she says it’s “being on a farm, with horses, farm animals, and dogs. Select people, some food, and maybe some music. That sounds really great.”