Actress Rose McGowan speaks during a press conference on the first day of the trial for disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein Photo: AFP/File

Actress Rose McGowan blasts Natalie Portman Oscars cape

By Johannes EISELE

U.S. actress and #MeToo activist Rose McGowan has dismissed as a "fraud" Natalie Portman's Oscar dress embroidered with the names of female filmmakers overlooked for best director nominations.

In a post on Facebook, the actress said she found Portman's red carpet Oscar protest "deeply offensive to those of us who actually do the work."

"I'm not writing this out of bitterness," she added. "I am writing this out of disgust."

McGowan said that while the black Dior cape stitched with the names of the snubbed directors got "rave reviews from the mainstream media," it was nothing more than "an actress acting the part of someone who cares."

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

In a statement to AFP, Portman agreed with McGowan that she didn't deserve to be called brave.

"I agree with Ms McGowan that it is inaccurate to call me 'brave' for wearing a garment with women's names on it," Portman said. "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 in a reference to the disgraced Hollywood mogul on trial in New York charged with predatory sexual assault.

She also acknowledged that she hasn't worked with as many female directors as she would have liked and pointed out the challenges films directed by women and minorities were up against.

McGowan is among the many women who have accused Weinstein of sexual assault.

McGowan said in her post that while Portman and other actresses have spoken out against the underrepresentation of women in the movie industry, they did little to effect change.

"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," she said.

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Strange target for Mcgowen to pick.

I wonder what her true motivations were? Jealousy at the popularity of Portman’s little gesture?

Mcgowen doesn’t seem to want support.

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Why didn't the media report that Portman has never hired a female director? Why are we hearing this from another actress?

I think we know why.

Of course we know why: actors don't usually hire directors. Instead, casting directors hire actors. I hope this has been enlightening.

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Hahahahaha @Natalie

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Why didn't the media report that Portman has never hired a female director? Why are we hearing this from another actress?

I think we know why.

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Maybe Portman can start the #Notme for all those snubbed or denied recognition or promotion because they were female.

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Eh, Portman agreed with her

So much for a fight

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Actors and their completely tone deaf ways of "protesting" something.  Yes, this was a bespoke garment so probably hugely expensive and made in the US or Europe, but Dior have an awful record on using sweat shop labour to make their off the peg stuff.  Rose is equally ludicrous with her "I'm a real activist" nonsense.

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Get your popcorn and snacks the liberals are starting to eat each other gonna be great entertainment.

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