Renee Zellweger fights back against surgery rumors: 'We can do better'

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Renee Zellweger is fed up with media scrutiny surrounding her face — and the actress is fighting back with a powerful essay titled "We can do better."

In the piece, published on the Huffington Post Friday, Zellweger writes that the unwanted attention began in October 2014, when an unnamed tabloid suggested that she'd altered her eyes with surgery.

Renee Zellweger speaks at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Grants Banquet at the Beverly Wilshire hotel on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Beverly Hills, CalifChris Pizzello / AP

"I’m writing because to be fair to myself, I must make some claim on the truths of my life, and because witnessing the transmutation of tabloid fodder from speculation to truth is deeply troubling," she writes. "The ‘eye surgery’ tabloid story itself did not matter, but it became the catalyst for my inclusion in subsequent legitimate news stories about self-acceptance and women succumbing to social pressure to look and age a certain way. In my opinion, that tabloid speculations become the subject of mainstream news reporting does matter."

The "Bridget Jones' Baby" star goes on to set the record straight about rumors of her plastic surgery,

"Not that it’s anyone’s business, but I did not make a decision to alter my face and have surgery on my eyes. This fact is of no true import to anyone at all, but that the possibility alone was discussed among respected journalists and became a public conversation is a disconcerting illustration of news/entertainment confusion and society’s fixation on physicality."

Ultimately, she writes, "Ubiquitous online and news source repetition of humiliating tabloid stories, mean-spirited judgments and false information is not harmless."

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Jennifer Aniston recently made headlines when she took on the tabloids in a similar Huffington Post essay, in which she slammed the media's objectification of female stars.