Accidental Feud of Jessica Simpson and Natalie Portman Resolved
The internet is a buzzing with another celebrity feud, one you might not have expected. It’s between Natalie Portman and Jessica Simpson, and it appears that the two were victims of an unfortunate misunderstanding. Whilst promoting her new movie Vox Lux, Natalie Portman discussed the blatant sexualization of women by the pop-music industry. But by doing so, she used Jessica Simpson as an example. However, Jessica Simpson perceived it as an attack to her and decided to respond.
Did Natalie Portman Attack Jessica Simpson?
This is what Natalie Portman reportedly stated:
“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, and I was confused. Like, I don’t know what this is trying to tell me as a woman, as a girl.”
Natalie used the cover of Jessica Simpson wearing a bikini as an example of how the music industry sexualized women pop-stars. It’s alluding to the fact that female singers like Jessica Simpson were part of this show where the looks of the singers mattered more than the sound of music itself. It appeared as if Jessica Simpson didn’t do the cover by choice but rather what the music industry expected of her. The comment saying “I’m a virgin” can put little girls and teenagers in confusion because it’s not clear as to what the message is. The movie Vox Lux delves into a darker side of the pop industry for women, that’s why Natalie used this as an example.
But Jessica Simpson did not take this quote lightly. Soon, she came out with her response.
Jessica Simpson Defined herself
The American singer and actress express her disappointment over Natalie Portman’s comments.
She started off by saying that as women of the Hollywood industry, both are well aware of how the public eye endeavors to confine them. But that was not the case for Jessica Simpson. She clarified that she was not forced to do any of these shoots. The singer was just honoring herself and her body, by her own choice. “Looking Sexy” should not be associated with having sex, Jessica says.
I have always embraced being a role model to all women to let them know they can look however they want, wear whatever they want and have sex or not have sex with whomever they want. They power lies within us as individuals.
Furthermore, Jessica Simpson said that she made it her duty to never shame another woman. This goes to show that Jessica perceived the comment by Natalie as to shame her for her previous magazine covers.
Misunderstanding On Both Sides
It’s clear that Jessica Simpson misunderstood Natalie Portman’s clarification of sexualization of woman pop singers of the previous eras. Natalie is an advocate of Times Up and #MeToo and never misses an opportunity to stand up for women empowerment. So, she would never intentionally shame another woman. She was referring to how women became sole puppets of Hollywood as sex symbols.
Though, even Portman failed to see how ultimately it was Jessica’s own choice to pose in a bikini. No one forced her to either. And the singer looked at it from a positive perspective. She found it liberating to honor her body and herself in her own way.
Natalie Portman Apologizes
Shortly after Jessica Simpson’s news erupted, Natalie Portman responded in politely in a statement to PEOPLE,
“I would never want to shame anyone and I fully respect her and her choices. I was talking about the confusion I felt as a young girl seeing the messages that I felt the media was sending out to young girls about very specific ways we should be. I made a mistake to say a name. It was absolutely not directed at her. I feel bad that she was hurt.”
Portman even apologized to Jessica Simpson’s Instagram account:
“Thank you for your words. I completely agree with you that a woman should be allowed to dress however she likes and behave however she likes and not be judged. I only meant to say I was confused — as a girl coming of age in the public eye around the same time — by the media’s mixed messages about how girls and women were supposed to behave. I didn’t mean to shame you and I’m sorry for any hurt my words may have caused. I have nothing but respect for your talent and your voice that you use to encourage and empower women all over the globe.”
It’s obvious the two were entrapped in a mere misunderstanding. Hopefully, both will make up and even become friends and advocate for the cause of women empowerment.