What's Been Normalized In Hollywood, But Is Actually Pretty Weird?

There are a lot of weird things society has chosen to accept, and Hollywood has its own set of normalized practices, behaviors, tropes, etc., that are actually pretty strange once you think about them.

For example, there's the massive age gaps in a lot of onscreen relationships. In 2015, Maggie Gyllenhaal told The Wrap, "I'm 37, and I was told recently I was too old to play the lover of a man who was 55."

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And there's the "every single company must have their own streaming service" phenomenon, where they expect consumers to pay for dozens of subscriptions. Sorry, it could be the best TV series ever created, but if it's only available on Blorbo+, I'm not paying another $20 a month to watch it.

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Another example is how common emotional cheating is, even in the blandest made-for-TV romance movies. So many main characters see no issue with stringing along their partner in the big city while they're falling in love with someone from their hometown. And somehow, their soon-to-be-ex is the villain.

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In your opinion, what's the weirdest thing Hollywood has normalized? Share your thoughts in the comments (or in this anonymous Google form), and they may be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Community post!