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    There has been a lot of talk the past few days since Julie Chen revealed she had plastic surgery to look less Asian in order to further her career. Do you think there is anything wrong with what she did? Do you think she sold out her heritage as some have suggested?


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    I don't see anything wrong with what she did and no, she didn't 'sell out her heritage'. Herself maybe, but she doesn't owe anyone an explanation or apology for it.

    If people feel justified in tweeting that the new Miss America (of Indian heritage) 'looks like a terrorist', or that how dare they crown an 'ARAB' or any of the other nauseating racist crap that's going around about her, I can totally see how another Asian woman in the public eye might feel better about not looking so 'ethnic'. It's a shame Chen felt she had to resort to plastic surgery, but the blame can't be placed on this woman's choice to alter her appearance.

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    I don't think there is anything wrong with it either. She did what she felt she needed to do for her career, and evidently it worked. I don't think she overdid it or anything. I mean look at Barbara Walters and all the work she has done and no one says a word. It amazes me every time I see her that she is just a little over a year younger than my Mom (who actually looks 85).
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    I'm okay with her personal decision because I think that we each should have the right to make those decisions about our own bodies. Having said that, if society is putting pressure on people to look "less Asian" then I think that's definitely effed up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClairesMommy View Post
    I don't see anything wrong with what she did and no, she didn't 'sell out her heritage'. Herself maybe, but she doesn't owe anyone an explanation or apology for it.
    Agreed. I don't think her eyes look "less Asian," they just look more like she's finally had a good night's sleep, and that's a better look on most people. I had a friend, who is Caucasian, who had eyelids like that and when she had hers done, she said that she was tired of being thought of having a hangover. Julie Chen also looks like she had a nose job, which has nothing to do with looking less Asian, but has everything to do with our society's perception of what is good looking. Ditching the mandarin-style top probably helped with her climb to the top, too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    I don't think there is anything wrong with it either. She did what she felt she needed to do for her career, and evidently it worked. I don't think she overdid it or anything. I mean look at Barbara Walters and all the work she has done and no one says a word. It amazes me every time I see her that she is just a little over a year younger than my Mom (who actually looks 85).
    We'll never know if it worked or not. Wasn't it suggested that Barbra Streisand get a nose job to "further her career"? She opted not to due to her singing voice. Celebrities are criticized all the time for their Botox-gone-bad and plastic surgery failures.

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    Have you all read the story in why she did it? She was basically told by her boss that she had to because her Asian eyes made her look disinterested and not engaged and they would hold back her career. She was also told that she would never be an anchor there.

    The pressure that was put on her to change her face was wrong. And I will say it, the fact that she complied with it was not helpful to changing things, it was the opposite...it caters to a mentality that would have been better to reject.

    I don't however place much blame on her for doing it. As the victim of such racism, she wasn't in a very powerful position to do the braver thing and resist such pressure...she had the most to lose. I put a lot more blame on her employer, who also may not have been in a easy spot...his assessment of the situation might have been accurate, however we could excuse all sorts of bad choices away because they are 'tough'. The truly right thing to do would have been to take a risk and not feed whatever judgments might already exist in society by forcing his employees to conform to some racist standard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    I don't think there is anything wrong with it either. She did what she felt she needed to do for her career, and evidently it worked. I don't think she overdid it or anything. I mean look at Barbara Walters and all the work she has done and no one says a word. It amazes me every time I see her that she is just a little over a year younger than my Mom (who actually looks 85).
    I think there is plenty of opinion that the pressure put on women to meet some beauty and youth standard is wrong. This is just adding racism to the sexism. I think its not great to blame the victims but i would give kudos to any woman, asian or not who was willing to try to resist our inappropriate standards of what someone should look like

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    Agreed. I don't think her eyes look "less Asian," they just look more like she's finally had a good night's sleep, and that's a better look on most people. I had a friend, who is Caucasian, who had eyelids like that and when she had hers done, she said that she was tired of being thought of having a hangover. Julie Chen also looks like she had a nose job, which has nothing to do with looking less Asian, but has everything to do with our society's perception of what is good looking. Ditching the mandarin-style top probably helped with her climb to the top, too!
    Charlie Roses eyes look tired and small..i can't see where he's really looking sometimes. I wonder if he has ever been pressured to get plastic surgery done. Never seemed to hurt his career any that he didn't

    Julie Chen was not told that she looked tired. She was told she woudln't get an anchor job because she is Chinese...that her community couldn't relate to her because of her heritage and because her Asian eyes made her look bored.
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    Also the comparison shown in the first post doesn't look quite as dramatic as the one she showed on the day she talked about this.

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