People have labeled actress Natalie Portman as a hypocrite after wearing a dress to the Oscars that was embroidered with the names of snubbed female directors.
The actor told The Los Angeles Times she “wanted to recognise the women who were not recognised for their incredible work this year in my subtle way.”
She’s since been labelled as ‘performative’ since she is head of a production company that has only hired one female director – the star herself.
The production company, handsomecharliefilms, has created eight films so far, and three more announced, but none of these films have featured a female director except for Portman.
This was pointed out by Twitter users online, accusing her of ‘hypocrisy’ for not following her own advice.
i wonder if this means her production company will finally produce a film with a female director https://t.co/5J9bEANXD0— KATE 🔜 #SXSW (@OhMyMithrandir) February 10, 2020
She’s a crazy rebel! On a Dior dress no less. This is the LA resistance in the Trump Era. (chanting) This is what Neoliberalism looks like!— Eddie Panta (@EDI_NYC) February 10, 2020
However others pointed out that whilst the production company belongs to Portman, it isn’t necessarily a carte blanch to create whichever films they might desire too.
A lot of actresses have launched production companies to give themselves more diverse roles. In that regard, she’s succeeded. Now that this director issue is on her radar, I suspect we’ll see more female-directed movies from her company. It takes time for people to evolve. 😉— V. G. Anderson, MFA (@vandersonauthor) February 10, 2020
huh. that’s actually really interesting.— feral psychic type (@agendertex) February 10, 2020
also, do we know how many shares she owns or if its board decisions? that would complicate things
The complete list of films and their directors follows:
“No Strings Attached” — Ivan Reitman
“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” — Burr Steers
“Jane Got a Gun” — Gavin O’Connor
“Hesher” — Spencer Susser
“Love and Other Impossible Pursuits” — Don Roos
“A Tale of Love and Darkness” — Natalie Portman
“Eating Animals” — Christopher Dillon Quinn”
Eve” — Natalie Portman
“Foxy Trotter” — Chris Prynoski
“Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry” — Announced, no director attached as of yet.
“Best Buds” — Announced, no director attached as of yet.
[Featured image credit: Sky Cinema / ABC]