Natalie Portman said it was inaccurate that she was called “brave” because she wore her embroidered cape with the name of the female director after being beaten by activist Rose McGowan as a “fraud” for pulling the stunt.
The 38-year-old actress responded to a Facebook message McGowan wrote on Wednesday, and condemned Portman’s activism as “deeply insulting.”
Portman agreed with McGowan’s feeling that it was not brave of her to wear the Dior cape during the Oscars.
“I agree with Mrs. McGowan that it is inaccurate to call me” brave “because I have worn a garment with the names of women on it,” she said in a statement.
“Brave is a term that I associate more strongly with actions such as those of the women who have testified against Harvey Weinstein in recent weeks under incredible pressure.”
The 38-year-old actress responded to a Facebook message McGowan wrote on Wednesday, and condemned Portman’s activism as “deeply offensive”
She then said: ‘It is true that I have made only a few films with women. In my long career I have only had the opportunity to work with female directors a few times … Unfortunately, the non-made films that I have tried are a ghost history.
‘I have had the experience a few times to help hire female directors for projects that they then had to leave due to the circumstances they faced at work.
“After they are made, women-directed films experience difficulties in going to festivals, getting distribution, and receiving praise from the gatekeepers at every level.
“I want to say, I tried and I will keep trying. Although I have not been successful yet, I hope we can start a new day, “she concluded.
McGowan tore into the actress in a Facebook post on Wednesday and wrote: “I find Portman’s activism very offensive to those of us who actually do the work. I do not write this out of bitterness, I write out of disgust. ”
Portman received a lot of praise on Sunday when she walked the red carpet with the black cape on the names of eight female directors, including Little Women’s Greta Gerwig and The Farewell’s Lulu Wang.
When asked about her cape on the red carpet, Portman said she wanted to give ‘subtle’ recognition to female directors who were not nominated this year
McGowan, however, was not impressed. She called Portman’s fashion statement “the kind of protest that gets rave reviews from the mainstream media for its courage.”
“Brave? No, not for long, “McGowan ventilated. ‘More like an actress who plays the role of someone who cares. Like so many of them. ”
Portman responded to McGowan’s destructive statement by agreeing that she did not deserve to be called “brave” for the small gesture.
The actress also acknowledged her lack of record of working with female directors, which McGowan had mentioned.
“Natalie, you’ve worked with two female directors in your very long career, one of them was you,” McGowan wrote. “You have a production company that has hired exactly one female director – you.”
She continued: ‘What is the matter with actresses of your kind? Your ‘A-listers’ [puke emoji] could change the world if you stand up instead of being the problem.
‘Yes, you, Natalie. You are the problem. Lip service is the problem. False support from other women is the problem. “
The names of Little Women ‘director Greta Gerwig,’ The Farewell’s’ Lulu Wang and others were sewn in gold thread
Sewed in the inseam of the cape were the names of Little Women director Greta Gerwig, The Farewell director Lulu Wang, Queen & Slim director Melina Matsoukas, Harriet director Kasi Lemmons, Hustlers director Lorene Scafaria, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood director Marielle Heller and Honey Boy director Alma Har’el
Portman’s company, Handsomecharlie Films, released a total of seven films, including No Strings Attached, in which she played, and the thriller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
The only women-directed film on that list is A Tale of Love and Darkness. Another film, Jane Got a Gun, would have a female director until Lynne Ramsay was replaced by Gavin O’Connor.
Portman spoke about the shortage of female directors nominated by the Academy in the past, also during the 2018 show, when she introduced the best directors category by saying, “Here are your male nominees.”
She said she chose to place the names of female directors on her cape this year to recognize the women.
Participating in Gerwig and Wang on the list of women who were smothered were Melina Matsoukas for Queen & Slim, Kasi Lemmons for Harriet, Lorene Scafaria for Hustlers, Marielle Heller for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and Alma Har’el for Honey Boy.
Natalie Portman attended the Oscars with her husband Benjamin Millepied
Portman removed her cape before he went on stage with actor Timothee Chalamet
The best director category of this year’s Academy Awards was dominated by men for the 87th time in the 92-year history of the ceremony.
The five contenders were Martin Scorsese for The Irishman, Todd Phillips for Joker, Sam Mendes for 1917, Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Bong Joon-ho, who took the figurine for Parasite home.
Issa Rae, who announced the Oscar nominees last month, had an excavation at the Academy during the broadcast and said “congratulations to those men” after noticing Gerwig’s snub.
An online platform also promised to shine a light on those who were smuggled to the Oscars by using the ad breaks of the ceremony to celebrate female directors.
Non-profit initiative Give Her a Break has launched the online portal for Oscar’s live stream, which automatically plays viewer trailers for films directed by women during commercial breaks.
The initiative was born out of frustration about the absence of women in the best director category, which this year celebrates a completely male nominee – with the website with sentences such as ‘You stole our Oscars, so we stole your ads’.
It is after several stars used their speeches during award ceremonies to talk about industry diversity, including Joaquin Phoenix who spoke about the issue at the BAFTAs on Sunday evening.
McGowan’s destructive Facebook message is fully visible above