Rose McGowan slams Natalie Portman's 'snubbed female directors' outfit for the Oscars

Ben Arnold
Contributor

Natalie Portman made a statement with her Oscars outfit – a specially made Dior cape embroidered with the names of the female directors who were snubbed this year.

Some praised her for the move – coupling high-end couture with movie-making politics – but others were rather less enamoured.

Rose McGowan has slated the actress in a withering post on Facebook, calling her “type of activism deeply offensive to those of us who actually do the work”.

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“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,” McGowan wrote.

Natalie Portman (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

“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.”

Rose McGowen leaves a press conference during Harvey Weinstein's first day in court. (John Lamparski/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via 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 realised you and the other women speakers (and that joke of an organisation) are just... frauds. You say nothing, you do nothing.

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

(Steve Granitz/WireImage)

The punishing rebuke was echoed by others on social media.

Portman has indeed used just one female director over eight projects made by her production company Handsomecharlie Films – and that was herself, on A Tale Of Love And Darkness.

Director Lynne Ramsay was in line to make Handsomecharlie's Jane Got A Gun in 2015 but exited the production, with Gavin O'Connor taking over.

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Portman has only worked with a handful of female directors on feature films, though she has worked with other female directors on shorts, as well Dior adverts with Sofia Coppola.