Natalie Portman was in the hot seat for a minute after publicly calling out Jessica Simpson in a recent interview.
While out promoting Vox Lux, Portman’s new film, she spoke about mixed messages coming out of the music industry in the early 2000s. “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. I was confused,” the actress told USA Today. “Like, I don’t know what this is trying to tell me as a woman, as a girl.”
After Portman’s quote spread like wildfire, Simpson addressed the comment on her Twitter.
“I have always embraced being a role model to all women to let them know that they can look however they want, wear whatever they want and have sex or not have sex with whomever they want,” the singer wrote. “The power lies within us as individuals. I have made it my practice 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.”
— Jessica Simpson (@JessicaSimpson) December 5, 2018
Portman consequently apologized for her comment, explaining that she didn’t intend to witch hunt. She told Entertainment Tonight:
“I would never intend to shame anybody and that was absolutely not my intention. I was really talking about mixed media messages out there for young women and completely apologize for any hurt it may have caused because that was definitely not my intention. What I said was I was confused by mixed messages when I was a young girl growing up. There are a lot of messages for how women should be. But women should be allowed to do whatever they want. It is a mistake to say anyone’s name. I could have made my message without naming.”