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Natalie Portman Provides Lengthy Response to Rose McGowan's Criticism of Her Oscar Attire

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By Zachary Holt

The award ceremonies every year seem to be a place where celebrities make statements on social injustices or racial discrimination, which wasn't so much the case this year, aside from the lack of diversity controversy that surrounded several presentations.

To raise awareness for the perceived snubbing of several female directors at the Oscars, though, actress Natalie Portman wore a Dior dress with a cape that had the names of those directors embroidered on it. And while most people supported her move, Rose McGowan, a fellow actress and activist had something to say about it.

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Rose McGowan Calls Out Natalie Portman For Not 'Walking The Walk'

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Posting to Facebook, McGown shared a message directly targeting Portman's choice of dress and her lack of a track record for working with female directors in the past.

"I find Portman’s type of activism deeply offensive to those of us who actually do the work. I’m not writing this out of bitterness, I am writing out of disgust. I just want her and other actresses to walk the walk," McGown emphatically shared.

The post would not go unnoticed, however. Portman acknowledged what McGowan was saying and issued a lengthy response.

Portman Agreed With McGowan's Sentiments, Refuses to Call Herself 'Brave'

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To address the comments made by McGown, Portman issued a formal statement to E! News. For the actress, she refused to recognize herself as brave for wearing the names of the female directors on her Dior outfit, and likened the term to be applied to such individuals that were in the process of testifying against Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood mogul charged with sexual assault on multiple women over the years.

"I agree with Ms. McGowan that it is inaccurate to call me ‘brave’ for wearing a garment with women’s names on it," Portman began. "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."

Portman Is Glad That Female Directors and Staff Are Getting More Opportunities and Recognition

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Portman went on to say that although the number of female directors and their recognition has increased as of late, it wasn't to where she believed it should be right now. Still, she was happy that women had made progress in the male-dominated film industry.

"The past few years have seen a blossoming of directing opportunities for women due to the collective efforts of many people who have been calling out the system," the actress continued. "The gift has been these incredible films. I hope that what was intended as a simple nod to them does not distract from their great achievements."

'While I Have Not Yet Been Successful, I Am Hopeful That We Are Stepping Into a New Day'

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To conclude, Portman shared that despite not working with many female directors and production staff in the past, it's only because she has had few opportunities to do so.

"It is true I’ve only made a few films with women," she revealed. "In my long career, I’ve only gotten the chance to work with female directors a few times. I’ve made shorts, commercials, music videos and features with Marya Cohen, Mira Nair, Rebecca Zlotowski, Anna Rose Holmer, Sofia Coppola, Shirin Neshat and myself. Unfortunately, the unmade films I have tried to make are a ghost history."

"So I want to say, I have tried, and I will keep trying. While I have not yet been successful, I am hopeful that we are stepping into a new day," Portman concluded in her statement.

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