Now Natalie Portman and Jessica Simpson are duking it out online. Interestingly, it’s arguably one of the most surprising feuds ever to come out on Twitter. In a new interview with Portman, the actress questioned the messages the culture, notably, the media is sending to young women.
Using Jessica Simpson’s magazine cover from decades ago as an example, Natalie suggested that Jessica was inadvertently promoting an overly sexualized version of herself for men’s enjoyment, and possibly at the expense of other young women and girls growing up.
Published on Tuesday, Natalia said to USA Today that she remembers being a teenager and looking at Jessica’s images on a magazine along with the words, “I’m a virgin.” The message left her “confused.”
— Jessica Simpson (@JessicaSimpson) December 5, 2018
Natalie said she was confused as to what the message for her was. According to Portman, the music industry has demanded that young women be both virgins as well as hyper-sexualized, and for that reason, she was happy to have grown up with Madonna instead of Jessica as an icon.
Currently, Portman is promoting a musical drama called, Vox Lux, in which she acts as one of the world’s biggest pop singers struggling with a plethora of intimate and personal problems. Whether her criticisms were valid or not, Jessica wasn’t happy with Natalie’s choice of words.
Jessica said that she and Natalie both, “as public figures,” understand that the media and how their image is created isn’t always within their own control.
The industry “often tries to define us,” Simpson wrote, adding that merely posing in a bikini isn’t “synonymous” with her having sex and also acting as a poor role model as well.
When Jessica first started out, her celebrity revolved around her conservative and religious upbringing in addition to her icon as a sexy young woman. The juxtaposition between two completely contrasting elements is partially what made her so fascinating to most Americans.
Later on, in the same message, Jessica questioned Portman’s status as being on the forefront of the Time’s Up movement. She said that she has since learned not to try and bring down other women, and perhaps Natalie should try the same.