Entertainment Rose McGowan regrets criticizing Natalie Portman's Oscars protest: ‘All voices, however spoken, are valid’
People are calling Natalie Portman a hypocrite for her snubbed female directors dress as her own production company only features one female director — herself
Portman wore a gown and cape embroidered with the names of snubbed female directors, but some fans are calling the gesture 'performative.'However, Portman has come under fire with some people calling the Oscar-winner a hypocrite.
A week afterof not doing enough to support women in the film industry, is expressing regret over how she handled the situation.
McGowan, the former Charmed and Scream star turned activist and prominent figure in thecase, called a “fraud” after the Black Swan actress hit the red carpet on Feb. 9 in a . None of the five nominees for Best Director, a category ultimately won by Parasite’s Bong Joon-ho, were women, a slight Portman sought to address with her outfit.
But McGowan didn’t agree with those hailing Portman’s sartorial statement as “brave.” Last Tuesday, sheto call it “lip service” and “deeply offensive to those of us who actually do the work,” citing the star’s limited filmography with female directors.
Rose McGowan Slams Natalie Portman's "Deeply Offensive" Pro-Female Director Oscars Ensemble
"Brave? No, not by a long shot. In a Facebook post published Tuesday, the activist and filmmaker called the cape "the kind of protest that gets rave reviews from the mainstream media for its bravery." She added, "Brave? No, not by a long shot. More like an actress acting the part of someone who cares. As so many of them do.
“I’m not writing this out of bitterness, I am writing out of disgust,” McGowan added. “I just want her and other actresses to walk the walk.”
with a statement in which she spoke of her struggle to get more projects helmed by female directors off the ground, noting, “I have tried, and I will keep trying.”
“I agree with Ms. McGowan that it is inaccurate to call me 'brave' for wearing a garment with women’s names on it,” the Oscar winner added. “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.
Natalie Portman Responds to Rose McGowan’s Criticism of Her Oscar Dress
Natalie Portman has responded to Rose McGowan’s social media critique of her red carpet protest at the Oscars. The “Black Swan” star created a stir with her decision to wear a black and gold Dior dress that included a cape embroidered with the names of snubbed female directors. However, her act of haute couture defiance didn’t sit well with McGowan, who called Portman a “fraud” and said that wearing the cloak wasn’t an act of bravery, it was, “More like an actress acting the part of someone who cares.” In a statement, Portman agreed with McGowan that she didn’t deserve to be called brave. “I agree with Ms.
"The past few years have seen a blossoming of directing opportunities for women due to the collective efforts of many people who have been calling out the system," Portman continued. "The gift has been these incredible films. I hope that what was intended as a simple nod to them does not distract from their great achievements.”
Now, McGowan has walked back her original comments. A tweet posted by the Grindhouse actress on Sunday didn’t mention Portman by name, but shared her regrets about “critiquing someone personally” rather than “Hollywood’s ongoing culture of silence” as a whole.
My critique should’ve been about Hollywood’s ongoing culture of silence. I realize that by critiquing someone personally, I lost sight of the bigger picture. All voices, however spoken, are valid. Let’s all keep pushing boundaries in whatever way we can, it’s time to get loud.— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan)
She added that all forms of protest, big and small — including, presumably, a subtle red carpet protest — were “valid.”
Many of McGowan’s followers have commended her for walking back for criticism of Portman.
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