Meg Ryan took to the stage as a presenter at the Tony Awards and social media erupted with plastic surgery “shaming” and chatter about her “changing face.” The photos and taunting memes have predictably gone viral and the speculation over cosmetic procedures is rampant.

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Yes, we’ve been down this road before with many other celebrities who have had the audacity to age and/or perhaps seek out cosmetic procedures to stave off Father Time. Especially for Hollywood actresses, it’s truly a case of damned if you do, damned if you don’t. The “changing face” shaming has hit many including Renee Zellweger and Uma Thurman, among others in an ever-growing list.

This time around, it’s Meg Ryan whose name started trending worldwide on social media. Yes, this even as the world was reacting to the Orlando mass shooting, the worst in U.S. history. Yes, somehow, all that genuine outrage was put on pause for some.

Regardless of the truth or falsity of the perceived plastic surgery that was suddenly the uproar of the moment that’s really the crux of it. You just can’t win! What if the now 54-year-old Meg Ryan had shown up on stage with crows’ feet and laugh lines and a furrow in her brow. Would we not also see social media have a collective tantrum?

Well, yes, of course! But for Meg Ryan, this “changing face” speculation is nothing new. There are countless articles and side-by-side photos of the star, comparing her looks today to what she looked like in ‘When Harry Met Sally’ opposite Billy Crystal or ‘You’ve Got Mail’ opposite Tom Hangs But, goodness gracious, that was back in 1989 and 1998, respectively. A long time ago.

So now we arrive at this moment, as self-appointed analysts speak of fillers and gels and Botox and so forth. It’s not as if time stands still for any of us. But yet, the persistent call for youthfulness is unending. It’s a subset of the ridiculous and demoralizing standards of beauty for women who grace the silver screen, and, for that matter for those who are on the other side of that screen.

In a rare interview last year, Meg Ryan opened up about all this speculation, and said,”“I don’t pay a lot of attention frankly. There’s a lot of hatred in the world today, it’s so easy to judge. Imagine being a hater, how stupid!”

She also said, in that same interview that there are “more important conversations than how women look and how they are aging.” She went on to say, “I love my age. I love my life right now. I love what I know about. I love the person I’ve become, the one I’ve evolved into.”

That was it. That she had to say that much is unfortunate. After all, Meg Ryan is living her life on her terms and making her own decisions about what loving her age means to her. And not least, it’s a privilege to have that chance, and that’s all the more true this year, as we’ve lost so many legends and icons far too soon.

Below you can see more photos below of Meg Ryan at the Tony Awards and some pictures from throughout the years.

Photos: Meg Ryan
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