Activist Calls Natalie Portman’s Gown “Deeply Offensive”
Activist Rose McGowan accused Natalie Portman of being a “fraud” after the latter wore a dress embroidered with the names of female directors who were snubbed for the Oscars nominations.
Portman made headlines as she wore a dress with names such as Greta Gerwig for Little Women and Lulu Wang for The Farewell. As a response, McGowan wrote in a Facebook post that Portman’s action was “the kind of protest that gets rave reviews from the mainstream media.”
McGowan continued, “More like an actress acting the part of someone who cares. As so many of them do.” She added that “I find Portman’s type of activism deeply offensive to those of us who actually do the work.”
Finally, McGowan slammed Portman when she continued to say that “You are the problem. Lip service is the problem…I am singling you out because you are the latest in a long line of actresses who are acting the part of a woman who cares about other women. Actresses who supposedly stand for women, but in reality do not do much at all.”
The activist who had been a victim of Harvey Weinstein accused Portman of her failure to support female filmmakers by working for them as an actress or hiring them through her own production company, Handsomecharlie Films. McGowan also claimed that for most of Portman’s career as an actress, she had only worked with two female directors, including herself.
Portman immediately replied to McGowan’s accusation by saying that “I agree with Ms. McGowan that it is inaccurate to call me ‘brave’ for wearing a garment with women’s names on it. Brave is a term I more strongly associate with actions like those of the women who have been testifying against Harvey Weinstein the last few weeks, under incredible pressure.”
She also pointed out the media bias that women face in the industry, which made it difficult for the actress to work with female directors. “It is true I’ve only made a few films with women. In my long career, I’ve only gotten the chance to work with female directors a few times…Unfortunately, the unmade films I have tried to make are a ghost history.”
“I have had the experience a few times of helping get female directors hired on projects which they were then forced out of because of the conditions they faced at work. After they are made, female-directed films face difficulty getting into festivals, getting distribution and getting accolades because of the gatekeepers at every level. So I want to say, I have tried, and I will keep trying. While I have not yet been successful, I am hopeful that we are stepping into a new day,” Portman continued.
British actor and comedian, Ricky Gervais also mocked Portman’s dress by uploading a video of himself in a bathtub.
In the video, Gervais said that “Inspired by brave Natalie Portman, and her embroidered Oscars dress, I ain’t got a dress, um. So I’ve written on my body all the known Hollywood perverts who haven’t been caught yet.”
Gervais then showed the scribbles in his body. “He’s a groper. But he paid them off. Pedo. He’ll f!cking stick it anywhere,” Gervais said as he pointed to another name.