Natalie Portman Responds To Criticism About Her Women Tribute Cape At The Oscars
By Thanussha Priyah, 13 Feb 2020
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Natalie Portman honored female directors who were snubbed from the Oscars by having their names embroidered onto her Dior cape. Although she received praise for her tribute, some called her out on her apparent double standards.
Rose McGowan, for one, dismissed the actress as “fake,” and said that her “protest” was not equivalent to bravery. “Brave? No, not by a long shot,” she wrote.
“Fake support of other women is the problem,” McGowan stated, citing that Portman’s production company, Handsomecharlie Films, only hired one female director—and that was Portman herself.
Other social media users chimed in by calling Portman’s act performative. Portman has stayed silent, until now.
The actress released a statement, via The Hollywood Reporter, stating that she was at fault for not employing more females in her company. “I agree with Ms McGowan that it is inaccurate to call me ‘brave’ for wearing a garment with women’s names on it,” she expressed.
The actress related the term “bravery” to the women testifying against Harvey Weinstein, and explained that she had managed to help female directors get hired in the past, but they were “forced out… because of the conditions they faced at work.”
However, she promises to create spaces for more female employees in her company.
“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,” she declared.
In a nearly 30 year career she has worked with 2 female directors. Be the change you want to see, do the hard work, take the first steps. I applaud you for the dress, but let’s do, not perform. https://t.co/HoW6o4BUOm— Hannah Beachler (@chinchilla1970) February 10, 2020
Natalie Portman’s production company has only ever hired 1 female director (her name was Natalie Portman) https://t.co/DRUVM1oezW— Angela Morabito (@AngelaLMorabito) February 11, 2020
[via Cosmopolitan, cover image from magicinfoto / Shutterstock.com]
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