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In defense of the outspoken Katherine Heigl

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Kat_lGrey’s Anatomy‘s George and Izzie? ”A ratings ploy.” And Judd Apatow’s blockbuster Knocked Up? “A little sexist.” Rhetoric from a Katherine Heigl hater? Not so much. More like direct quotes from the star herself. And good for her.

Yeah, I said it.

Maybe the reason Heigl is catching so much flack for making the above comments in a candid interview with Vanity Fair is because the girl speaks the truth. I’m a Grey‘s follower, but executive producer Shonda Rhimes often favors shock value over continuity and common sense. I know it; even the most diehard Grey’s fans know it. So why the big issue with Heigl pointing out the obvious? Say what you want about the girl spewing negativity, but as long as it’s honest, I’ll encourage her to spew away. It’s her unfiltered voice that makes her dynamic and edgy, so what if she occasionally comes off as a raging she-beast? Embrace it! And just because Heigl scored her big-screen breakthrough in Knocked Up doesn’t mean she has to worship her character, or agree wholeheartedly with the film’s portrayal of women. What’s more, who would really want to read an interview where she did?

Of course, I don’t always agree with Heigl, and I wouldn’t get into a debate with someone who said they found her tiresome. But the bottom line is this: Actors endlessly plugging their movies and shows and product lines are boring. Even if you think Katherine Heigl runs her mouth like an ungrateful brat, she certainly isn’t afraid to say what she thinks, and that’s infinitely more fun than reciting some publicist-scripted hooey every time she sits down with a reporter.

I feel like I should close this with ”you go girl” and then run off to high-five someone. What do you think about Heigl’s behavior? Commendable or condemnable?

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