TORONTO — Actress Charlize Theron has compared the attention she receives as a celebrity to being sexual assaulted.
“I don’t do that, so that’s my saving grace,” Theron replied. “When you start living in that world, and doing that, you start I guess feeling raped.”
Asked if she really felt this strongly about the public scrutiny, Theron said: “Well, you know, when it comes to your son and your private life. Maybe that’s just me.”
Theron, who won an Oscar in 2003 for Monster, announced in 2012 she had adopted a son.
Theron’s comments got reaction on social media.
I’m pretty certain that press intrusion is not at all like rape, Charlize Theron. What a stupid statement to make.
— rehpotsirhC regniarG (@Auriga__) May 30, 2014
Although Charlize Theron’s comparison between intrusion of privacy and rape is a severe exaggeration, it does bring up an interesting point.
— KSA Support (@JamesLewis96) May 30, 2014
I wonder what rape victims think of Charlize Theron’s insulting statement this morning?! #shocking
— Sarah J. Symonds (@SarahJSymonds) May 30, 2014
— orlando100388 (@orlando100388) May 30, 2014
Wait! Did Charlize Theron really say that press intrusion is comparable to rape? What an idiotic thing to say #CharlizeTheron
— Chris Beale (@bealec1988) May 30, 2014
Charlize Theron you stupid woman. How dare she compare the press intrusion to rape. 2 complete opposites.
— Dean Murphy (@DeanMurphyyy) May 30, 2014
Omg did Charlize Theron just compare being “hounded” by paparazzi to rape?!……ok she’s disowned now
— mahlatse mogashoa (@hlatseFierce) May 30, 2014
listened to Charlize Theron, her intonation, as she spoke the word rape, indicated that she wasn’t sure that rape is the right word…
— The Morningstar (@The_Morningstar) May 30, 2014
In the interview with Sky News, Theron acknowledged she is grateful for her career. “But it does not mean that every aspect of my life all of a sudden becomes fodder for an article.”
In 2010, actress Kristen Stewart apologized after comparing seeing photos of herself to “looking at someone being raped.”
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