Charlize Theron is the latest celebrity to spark a media firestorm after she compared the press’ intrusion into her personal life to rape.
While promoting her new film A Million Ways To Die In The West, the actress said she preferred not to google herself, explaining, “I don’t do that, so that’s my saving grace. When you start living in that world, and doing that, you start I guess feeling raped.”
Clearly, the Oscar winner feels strongly about the issue, especially since becoming a mom.
“Some people might relish all that stuff but there are certain things in my life that I think of as very sacred and I am very protective over them,” Charlize said, referring to 2-year-old son Jackson.
Since her comments to the U.K.’s Sky News were made public, prevention groups as well as everyday Twitter users are blasting the 38-year-old for her use of the insensitive metaphor.
One tweet proclaimed: “She should try telling that to a real rape victim.” Katie Russell from Rape Crisis England and Wales called Charlize’s word choice inexcusable.
“To us, it is always disappointing when someone high profile uses that language and turns sexual violence into a metaphor for something else,” she told Britain’s Daily Mail. “It is never appropriate and it trivializes the experience of sexual violence.”
Katie continued, “It’s particularly disappointing in this case because Charlize Theron has campaigned against sexual violence before.” The South African native appeared in a 1999 advertisement outlining her home country’s disturbing rape statistics.
Charlize’s remarks come just one day after Gwyneth Paltrow fueled outrage over comparing the impact of negative online comments to surviving a war zone, making us wonder whether it’s time for some of Hollywood’s leading ladies to take a step back from the spotlight.