Rose McGowan says she regrets her post-Oscars spat with Natalie Portman

Ben Arnold
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In this Friday, January 3, 2020 photo, Rose McGowan poses for a portrait in New York. (Photo by Matt Licari/Invision/AP)
Rose McGowan (Credit: Matt Licari/Invision/AP)

Rose McGowan has said that she regrets going after Natalie Portman and her political statement at the Oscars.

The actress slated Portman, after she wore a cape embroidered with names of some of the women snubbed at this year's awards.

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McGowan spoke of her 'disgust' and said that she found the move 'deeply offensive'.

“I just want her and other actresses to walk the walk,” he said.

Natalie Portman llega a los Oscar el domingo 9 de febrero de 2020 en el Teatro Dolby, en Los Angeles. (Foto Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Natalie Portman (Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

“What is it with actresses of your ilk? You ‘A-listers’ could change the world if you’d take a stand instead of being the problem. Yes, you, Natalie. You are the problem. Lip service is the problem. Fake support of other women is the problem.”

Portman later responded to the comments, saying that she agreed with McGowan that her being called 'brave' for wearing the garment by the media was wide of the mark.

“Brave is a term I more strongly associate with actions like those of the women who have been testifying against Harvey Weinstein the last few weeks, under incredible pressure,” Portman said (McGowan is among those who have accused producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault).

NEW YORK, NY- JANUARY 6: Rose McGowan speaks at a news conference outside a Manhattan courthouse after the arrival of Harvey Weinstein at day 1 of the Harvey Weinstein criminal trial in New York City court on January 6, 2020. Credit: RW/MediaPunch /IPX
Rose McGowan speaks outside a Manhattan courthouse after the arrival of Harvey Weinstein at day one of the Harvey Weinstein criminal trial (Credit: RW/MediaPunch/IPX)

Now McGowan has tempered her remarks.

“My critique should’ve been about Hollywood’s ongoing culture of silence,” she wrote in a tweet.

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“I realize that by critiquing someone personally, I lost sight of the bigger picture. All voices, however spoken, are valid.

“Let’s all keep pushing boundaries in whatever way we can, it’s time to get loud.”

McGowan has been at the forefront of the campaigning for women's equality in Hollywood, as well as being vocal over her accusations against Weinstein.

In 2017, as the #MeToo movement began to take shape, she revealed that she'd received a $100,000 pay off from Weinstein over an incident of alleged sexual harrassment in 1997, and incident she later alleged was rape.