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Natalie Portman Labeled ‘Hypocrite’ by Rose McGowan After Her Oscars Tribute to Snubbed Women Directors

Activist and actor Rose McGowan has labeled Natalie Portman a “fraud” for wearing a Dior cape to the Oscars embroidered with the names of female film-makers including Greta Gerwig and Lulu Wang who were passed over for best director nominations.

In a post on Facebook, McGowan said Portman had made “the kind of protest that gets rave reviews from the mainstream media” but was “more like an actress acting the part of someone who cares. As so many of them do.”

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Natalie Portman arrives for the 92nd Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on February 9, 2020. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

McGowan added: “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,” she wrote.

“What is it with actresses of your ilk? You ‘A-listers’ could change the world if you’d take a stand instead of being the problem. Yes, you, Natalie. You are the problem. Lip service is the problem. Fake support of other women is the problem.”

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Natalie Portman attends the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

She went on: “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.

“Until you and your fellow actresses get real, do us all a favor and hang up your embroidered activist cloak, it doesn’t hang right.”

Some thoughts on Natalie Portman and her Oscar ‘protest.’ The kind of protest that gets rave reviews from the mainstream…

Posted by Rose McGowan on Tuesday, February 11, 2020

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