Sunday, June 01, 2014

Charlize Theron causes outrage comparing press intrusion to rape

Rape is quite commonly used as a metaphor for various unpleasant things but I guess the critics below would not even know what a metaphor is

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.”

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.



Anonymous said...

While actors should expect public interest in their lives. The excessive prying of the press and the paparazzi is ridiculous. I suppose having your most private parts of your life pried into could legitimately be compared to rape.

Anonymous said...

2:50 That is nonsense. Rape is a heinous physical assault. Mental distress over publicity is all in the mind of the "victim".

Anonymous said...

You can't use our special word as a metaphor or dramatic description to compare and illustrate things! This is the brave new world where only certain people can use certain words at certain times. How DARE she use the verboten word! Have her brought up on charges!

Bird of Paradise said...

The press is more like vultures and hynahs the way they crowd around someone like they do

Anonymous said...

There are apparently several words that you cannot use metaphorically or as a simile.
Rape is one - holocaust is another I believe.
Someone really ought to keep a list.

Go Away Bird said...

Liberal eletist's reject Free Speech ecsept for themselves