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Poll: Is it ever appropriate for a critic to comment on an actor’s body image in a review?

Equity’s Women’s Committee has called on more support for women pressured "to 'have the right look'". Photo: Shutterstock
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Giverny Masso
Giverny joined The Stage as a reporter in February 2017.
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The Stage's associate editor Mark Shenton questioned whether it is ever justified for critics to body-shame actors after Nick Holder, playing the title role in a new production of Uncle Vanya, was described as "a rotund lothario" by critic Matt Trueman. This week, we're asking: Is it ever appropriate for a critic to comment on an actor’s body image in a review?


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