Natalie Portman takes on Rose McGowan's Oscars outfit criticism

Natalie Portman takes on Rose McGowan's Oscars outfit criticism

Natalie Portman is determined to create more work for female directors after actress and activist Rose McGowan criticised her for wearing a red carpet statement cape to the Oscars, featuring the names of the women who missed out on nominations.

Rose has made it clear she was not a fan of Portman's "offensive" tribute, taking to Facebook on Wednesday (12Feb20) and condemning the Black Swan star for not making enough of an effort to secure equality in Hollywood.

"I find Portman's type of activism deeply offensive to those of us who actually do the work," McGowan posted. "I'm not writing this out of bitterness, I am writing out of disgust. I just want her and other actresses to walk the walk."

She also noted that Portman has rarely teamed with women directors throughout her lengthy career, and her rant prompted Natalie to respond hours later.

She began her reply by agreeing with McGowan that she shouldn't be considered "brave" for making a fashion statement on the red carpet, adding: "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."

McGowan was one of the first stars to come out against disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein and accuse him of sexual assault.

"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," Natalie added. "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.

"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 - I’ve made shorts, commercials, music videos and features with Marya Cohen, Mira Nair, Rebecca Zlotowski, Anna Rose Holmer, Sofia Coppola, Shirin Neshat and myself. Unfortunately, the unmade films I have tried to make are a ghost history.

"If these films do get made, women face enormous challenges during the making of them. 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."


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