In an interview with ‘Sky News’, Charlize Theron compared invasive press attention to being ‘raped’. Not good. Check out her interview and tell us what you think!
Charlize Theron, 38, stars in A Million Ways To Die In The West — which hit theaters today, May 30 — and has been doing a ton of press for the film. However, we’re not so sure Universal Pictures is going to like this particular bit of press. In an interview with Sky News, Charlize likened overly intrusive press attention to rape.
Charlize Theron ‘Raped’ By Press Attention — Doesn’t Google Herself
“I don’t [Google myself], so that’s my saving grace. I think it’s when you start living in that world and doing that, that you start feeling raped.” Is that really accurate?
Sky News also questioned her conviction, and she explained further that, “When it comes to your son and your private life, yeah. Maybe that’s just me. Some people might relish in all of that stuff, but there are certain things in my life that I think of as very sacred.”
Charlize is completely within her rights to dislike attention from the press, particularly overly invasive attention, but it’s awfully poor judgment to compare it to rape — an incredibly violent, agency-destroying, traumatizing act. She gave no thought to any of her fans who may have been sexually assaulted and who had to watch her blithely compare it, basically, to a bikini body write-up.
Charlize Theron Doesn’t Like The Word ‘Feminist’
However, this isn’t the first time that Charlize hasn’t exactly been a hero for women. In an interview with TheVine in 2012, she said that she didn’t like the word “feminist.”
“I feel like it carries a really big weight to it that I think can rub people the wrong way. I think people still have an image in their head of women burning bras and I’m like ‘we have evolved a little bit’ but for some reason that word never evolved.
“I feel like we should let go of all the stigma and just tell good stories and good narrative and just leave it at that. I don’t necessarily want to be part of films that are carrying their politics on their sleeve. I just want to entertain.”
She’s right in that there is a stigma attached to the word “feminist”, but it’s not up to feminists to come up with a new word; it’s up to people who don’t understand that feminism is simply a call for equality of the sexes to change their perception of the word’s true meaning.
What do you think about Charlize’s comments, HollywoodLifers? Was she out of line, or are you willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, that she didn’t mean to misspeak so grievously? Let us know!
— Amanda Michelle Steiner