Natalie Portman responds to Rose McGowan calling her Oscars dress 'offensive'

Natalie Portman at the 2020 Oscars Rose McGowan

Natalie Portman at the 2020 Oscars Rose McGowan

Natalie Portman has agreed with Rose McGowan that her Oscars outfit wasn't "brave".

This year's Oscars were heavily criticised for omitting female directors from the bill - including Greta Gerwig for her recent "Little Women" adaptation.

Natalie Portman has issued a statement in response to Rose McGowan's criticism of her Oscars dress as "deeply offensive".

Furthermore, her own production company, Handsomecharlie Films, has not yet made a film with a female director (again, other than Portman).

"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", Portman said in a statement, referencing the disgraced Hollywood mogul on trial in NY charged with predatory sexual assault.

'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 added, "After they are made, female-directed films face difficulty getting into festivals, getting distribution and getting accolades because of the gatekeepers at every level". "I have had the experience a few times of helping get female directors hired on projects which they were then forced out of because of the conditions they faced at work", said the Oscar victor.

'I want to say, I have tried, and I will keep trying. "While I haven't yet been successful, I'm hopeful that we're stepping into a new day", the actress concluded.

She then said: 'It is true I've only made a few films with women.

"Unfortunately, the unmade films I have tried to make are a ghost history", she said.

This year's Academy Awards' best director category was male dominated for the 87th time in the ceremony's 92-year history.

Two tweets in particular that drew attention to these facts received more than 300,000 likes between them.

In her earlier Facebook post, Rose had told Natalie: "I am singling you out because you are the latest in a long line of actresses who are acting the part of a woman who cares about other women". Talking to the LA Times as she walked the red carpet, Natalie explained her decision, saying: "I wanted to recognise the women who were not recognised for their incredible work this year in my subtle way". "Brave? No, not by a long shot", she wrote. On Wednesday, fellow actress Rose McGowan took to Facebook, branding Portman's "type" of activism as "deeply offensive", and asked her to "do us all a favor and hang up your embroidered activist cloak, it doesn't hang right". "I just want her and other actresses to walk the walk". And long may she continue. "You 'A-listers" [puke emoji] could change the world if you'd take a stand instead of being the problem.

She continued, "There is no law that says you need to hire women, work with women, or support women".

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