This mini calling out session simply shows the importance of being careful with our words and how we deliver it. Here’s what transpired between actress Natalie Portman and singer Jessica Simpson.
“Vox Lux” star Natalie Portman has been on tour promoting her latest movie about Celeste a 13-year-old music prodigy who survived a tragedy and had her talent discovered during the memorial which resulted in her rise to stardom.
During Natalie Portman’s interview with USA Today, the actress had made the following comment.
“I remember being a teenager, and there was Jessica Simpson on the cover of a magazine saying ‘I’m a virgin’ while wearing a bikini, and I was confused,” Portman said. “Like, I don’t know what this is trying to tell me as a woman, as a girl.”
The remark by Natalie Portman had in fact offended Jessica Simpson, former teen-pop sensation in the late ‘90s-2000s.
Jessica Simpson expressed her dismay by calling out Natalie Portman on her social media.
— Jessica Simpson (@JessicaSimpson) December 5, 2018
“As public figures, we both know our image is not totally in our control at all times, and that the industry we work in often tries to define us and box us in. However, I was taught to be myself and honour the different ways all women express themselves, which is why I believed then and – and I believe now- that being sexy in a bikini and being proud of my body are not synonymous with having sex” tweeted Jessica Simpson.
The singer also took a stab at Natalie Portman’s relationship with the Time’s Up movement by ending her note with this sentence. “I have made it my practise to not shame other women for their choices. In this era of Time’s Up and all the great work you have done for women, I encourage you to do the same”.
Natalie Portman replied to Jessica Simpson with a sincere apology and proceeds to explain herself.
Some, on the other hand, felt Jessica Simpson was rather sensitive about the comment made and focused on herself rather than seeing the bigger picture where Natalie Portman pointed out how mixes messages are churned by the media.
If you ACTUALLY READ the Natalie Portman quote, she’s clearly not criticizing Jessica Simpson for wearing a bikini so much as pointing out the confusing double standards of early 2000s pop stars, who were expected to present as both virginal and hypersexual.
I’m very tired.
— Louis All Is Calm All Is Bright-zman (@LouisPeitzman) December 5, 2018