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Rose McGowan Calls Natalie Portman Out Over her Oscars Cape

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By Megan Prevost

In tradition, the Oscars completely snubbed women again this year. Many have fought against this and taken stands to show the Oscars that they're in the wrong. However, it seems that no matter what people say, the Oscars are going to continue to be too white and too male.

Natalie Portman showed up to the Oscars in an embroidered Dior cape. It was embroidered with the names of the many female directors that were snubbed from the Oscars this year.

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Who Got Snubbed?

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Greta Gerwig was among many women who were snubbed for an Oscar this year. Especially in the Best Director category. The category featured most of the director's from films that were also nominated for Best Picture. But Greta Gerwig, who's Little Women was nominated for Best Picture, was left out of the Best Director category.

Many women were also snubbed altogether, like Olivia Wilde and her film Booksmart. As well as Lorene Scafaria's Husters, Lulu Wang's The Farewell, and Alma Har'el's Honey Boy.

Rose McGowan Responds

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Rose McGowan responded to Natalie Portman's cape in a post on facebook that said,

"Some thoughts on Natalie Portman and her Oscar ‘protest.’ The kind of protest that gets rave reviews from the mainstream media for its bravery. Brave? No, not by a long shot. More like an actress acting the part of someone who cares. As so many of them do."

She went on to say,

"Natalie, you have worked with two female directors in your very long career- one of them was you. You have a production company that has hired exactly one female director- you."

'What you do affects the world, Natalie.'


McGowan goes on to say, "What you do affects the world, Natalie. As does what you do not do."

She also states that,

"I was at a Women in Film event that you spoke at once, Natalie. You reeled off depressing statistics and then we all went back to our salads. I quickly realized you and the other women speakers (and that joke of an organization) are just... frauds. You say nothing, you do nothing."

As well as,

"There is no law that says you need to hire women, work with women, or support women. By all means, you do you. But I am saying stop pretending you’re some kind of champion for anything other than yourself."

Natalie Portman Responds

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In a statement, Natalie Portman responded with, "It is true I've only made a few films with women. In my long career, I've only gotten the chance to work with female directors a few times."

She also stated that she doesn't consider herself brave for what she did at the Oscars. She also mentioned that,

"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. So I want to say, I have tried, and I will keep trying."

It seems like she is actually trying, and the cape was just a statement to go alongside it. At this moment, we shouldn't be tearing each other down. We should be supporting whatever any woman decides to do to help the cause, no matter how small.

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