Natalie Portman took the stage at the Oscars earlier this week to honor some of the female directors who were supposedly snubbed by the Academy. While many in the entertainment industry here happy with the Star Wars alum’s comments, Rose McGowan, wasn’t.
The Los Angeles Times picked up on a Facebook post from the Charmed actress in which she took aim at Natalie, describing her as “part of the problem,” and also poking fun at the idea that her speech was in any way a form of activism.
In her post, Rose stated that her speech was the kind of monologue that would garner praise from the mainstream media, but ultimately it was just the speech of an actress who’s pretending to care, “as so many of them do,” the actress remarked.
You can check out McGowan’s post below:
Some thoughts on Natalie Portman and her Oscar ‘protest.’ The kind of protest that gets rave reviews from the mainstream…
Additionally, McGowan criticized Portman for only working with supposedly two different female directors throughout her career, although the LA Times claims the number is three. Moreover, McGowan suggested that Portman should use her production company to hire female directors, rather than just pay lip service to the idea.
Thus far, Portman has made seven films with her production company, one of which utilized the talents of a female director, herself. Other actresses and entertainment industry figures criticized Portman as well, including Hannah Beachler, who urged her to be the change you want to see, rather than just preach.
Regardless, it wouldn’t be the first time that Natalie used her position to champion the idea of female-created movies. Back in 2018 at the Golden Globes, alongside Ron Howard, Natalie took a shot at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and presented the nominations by stating, “here are the all-male nominees.”
Portman has been engaged in a feud with other actresses and entertainment industry figures before over politics, including Jessica Simpson, whom she once feuded with briefly on Twitter. Natalie claimed that when she was growing up, Jessica was facilitating the idea of the sexualized virgin all over mainstream TV and culture.