Natalie Portman’s Oscar ‘Protest’ Dress Is Being Slammed For Being Hypocritical

by Jeremy Spirogis
Natalie Portman discusses "Lucy in the Sky" with the Build Series at Build Studio.

One of the explanations that viewers tune into the Oscars is to see the garments the celebrities put on. Seeing the attire on the purple carpet is at all times a fantastic supply of debate the following day.

But this yr the dialog was about greater than colours and hemlines. Natalie Portman confirmed up in a gown that was provocative — however not in the way in which you may assume. Portman’s gown was not only a trend assertion; she was protesting an issue she sees with the Oscars.

The response she’s gotten hasn’t been what she might need anticipated. Some individuals weren’t impressed and located her wardrobe’s message to be hypocritical.

Natalie Portman wasn’t proud of the Oscars

When the Oscar nominations had been introduced, individuals observed that not a single lady was nominated within the class of Best Director. Even Greta Gerwig, who directed Little Women, which was nominated in six different classes, was snubbed. 

Portman determined to honor the ladies that she felt had been ignored. She arrived on the Oscars in a shocking black and gold customized Dior robe with a black cape.

As she paused to speak to the reporters, she identified that the cape was embroidered in gold with the names of girls that she felt had been unfairly ignored for Best Director. It was empowering for an A-list actress like Portman to highlight the gender disparity within the nominations.

Some weren’t happy by Natalie Portman’s assertion

While some individuals applauded Portman’s assertion, others weren’t so impressed.

Actress Rose McGowan, a widely known activist who sparked the #metoo motion when she accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse, lashed out on the gesture. She identified that Portman has her personal manufacturing firm, but she didn’t rent ladies administrators herself.

In truth, Portman has solely ever been in two women-directed movies, and in a type of she directed herself. McGowan stated: “I find Portman’s type of activism deeply offensive to those of us who actually do the work…Brave? No, not by a long shot”

People additionally took to Twitter to complain, saying that Portman’s feminism was “performative” and calling her out as a hypocrite. One stated: “In a nearly 30 year career, she’s worked with 2 female directors. ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world’ clearly isn’t part of her philosophy. Practice what you preach.”

Others identified that utilizing an costly Dior robe to protest injustice was somewhat tone-deaf. One critic stated: “This is like painting the names of homeless people on the side of your yacht to protest income inequality.”

Natalie Portman responded in a shocking manner

Natalie Portman discusses "Lucy in the Sky" with the Build Series at Build Studio.
Natalie Portman | Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

Portman responded to the backlash by saying that McGowan was proper to say what she did wasn’t courageous. She identified: “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 went on to element the methods she’s tried to advertise ladies’s work in her profession and admitted that she hadn’t executed as a lot as she ought to have.

“So I want to say, I have tried, and I will keep trying,” Portman stated. “While I have not yet been successful, I am hopeful that we are stepping into a new day.”

People got here to Natalie Portman’s protection

One of the ladies whose title was on the well-known cape, Honey Boy director Alma Har’el, spoke up on Portman’s behalf. She identified a number of occasions that Portman had stood up for girls administrators when studios had been making an attempt to eliminate them. She complimented Portman’s response, saying: “If you need a class at being classy read Natalie Portman’s statement.”

McGowan even walked again her criticism, admitting: “My critique should’ve been about Hollywood’s ongoing culture of silence. I realise that by critiquing someone personally, I lost sight of the bigger picture. All voices, however spoken, are valid.”

Whether individuals agree or disagree with Portman’s assertion and the way she made it, one factor is for certain: She received individuals speaking in regards to the difficulty. Whether or not that may enhance issues for girls administrators in Hollywood stays to be seen. 

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