Charlize Theron Rape

May 31, 2014 by  

Charlize Theron Rape, Charlize Theron doesn’t Google herself. Which is just as well, given what’s being said about her today.

The Oscar-winning actress caused an online furore after comparing press coverage of her private life to rape. The comment came during a Sky News interview in the UK, where she was promoting her new film A Million Ways to Die in the West.

Theron’s interviewer mentioned he had typed her name into Google and was surprised to see so much gossip about her boyfriends, appearance and children. Her reaction was adamant.

“I don’t do that. When you start living in that world, and doing that, you start, I guess, feeling raped,” she said.

“When it comes to your son and your private life…some people might relish in all of that stuff…but there are certain things in my life that I think of as very sacred and I’m very protective over them.”

“That doesn’t mean that I always win that war, but as long as I don’t have to see that stuff or read that stuff or hear that stuff, then I can live with my head in a clear space.”

But online communities seized on Theron’s “rape” analogy, accusing her of being insensitive and trivialising sexual assault. Some users commented that while a life in the public eye is a choice, rape is not.

Another dumb actress making a stupid statement. Charlize Theron says press intrusion like rape. Tired of actors whining. #idiot

— Melissa J Plumley (@MelissaJPlum) May 30, 2014
If Charlize Theron thinks fame is like rape then maybe she shouldn’t keep turning up to every event in Hollywood & actually remain private?

— Heather Clayson (@h3vstar) May 30, 2014
Sexual assault victims are calling on the actress to issue a public apology, it was reported. Katie Russell, a spokesperson for the charity Rape Crisis in the UK, told London’s Evening Standard: “We are concerned when anyone uses rape as a metaphor for less serious issues and uses the language around sexual violence casually because it trivialises sexual violence and it fails to acknowledge what is a very serious crime.”

But others defended the South African-born actress, arguing she was simply trying to defend her family and that her comment had been taken out of context.

Ms Theron’s controversy comes only days after fellow Best Actress-winner Gwyneth Paltrow also caused a storm by likening internet “trolls” to wartime combat.

“You come across [online comments] about yourself and about your friends, and it’s a very dehumanising thing. It’s almost like how, in war, you go through this bloody, dehumanising thing, and then something is defined out of it,” Paltrow said at the Code technology conference in California.

That remark was also leapt on by Twitter users and entertainment reporters.

Charlize Theron compares press intrusions to rape; Gwyneth Paltrow compares them to war. I compare the two of them to morons. (Morons win.)

— Allison Winn Scotch (@aswinn) May 30, 2014
Updated my analogy explainer for this Charlize Theron Compares Press Attention to Rape

— Luke O’Neil (@lukeoneil47) May 30, 2014

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