Charlize Theron has sparked fresh controversy by comparing Internet negativity to being raped.
The South African actress is currently on the promotional trail for A Million Ways To Die In The West. She gave an interview with Sky News in which she discussed the nature of her job and how not everyone’s a fan, especially on the Internet.
Specifically, though, she words it as though her career choice and being remunerated millions of dollars is the same as someone not respecting sexual consent and committing a sex crime.
It is not.
Here is her full quote.
I don’t [Google myself], so that’s my saving grace. I think it’s when you start living in that world and doing that, that you start, I guess, feeling raped.
Well, you know, when it comes to your son and your private life, maybe that’s just me. 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. It’s probably a lot healthier than living in that little dark room.
I can’t be concerned about what some idiot is going to write online about my short skirt, I can only take responsibility for myself.
Earlier this week, Gwyneth Paltrow compared Internet bullying to war.
Previously, Kristen Stewart (and others) compared paparazzi photos to rape, “The photos are so…I feel like I’m looking at someone being raped.” Although, Kristen eventually apologised and claimed she was stumbling for the word “violated.