A new profile of Margot Robbie in US magazine Vanity Fair has been branded ‘creepy and lecherous’ over its portrait of the Australian actress.
Writer Rich Cohen, who is also a co-creator of the now-axed Martin Scorsese HBO series 'Vinyl’, has also come under heavy criticism for referring to Australians as 'throwback people’ in the article.
Later, he somewhat demeaningly describes her as 'one of Scorsese’s women’, following her role in 'The Wolf of Wall Street’.
The piece appears in the August issue of the magazine, titled 'Welcome to the Summer of Margot Robbie’, and has been published to coincide with her new movies 'The Legend of Tarzan’ and 'Suicide Squad’, and now Twitter is ablaze with people pulling Cohen up on its tone.
“She is 26 and beautiful, not in that otherworldly, catwalk way but in a minor knock-around key, a blue mood, a slow dance.
“She is blonde but dark at the roots. She is tall but only with the help of certain shoes. She can be sexy and composed even while naked but only in character.
“She wandered through the room like a second-semester freshman, finally at ease with the system. She stopped at tables along the way to talk to friends. I don’t remember what she was wearing, but it was simple, her hair combed around those painfully blue eyes.”
Many have taken to Twitter to express their views on the article, the majority being unflinchingly scathing…
And then there’s what he says about Australia, portraying Gold Coast in Queensland as an out-there backwater, rather than a major city and tourist hotspot with a population of well over 500,000:
“In an old movie, you might have seen a crossroad sign demonstrating just how isolated it was, just how far from the known capitals,” he writes.
“Now and then, she stayed with cousins who lived in the hinterland of the hinterland, where there really were kangaroos and a dingo really will eat your baby.”
“Australia is America 50 years ago, sunny and slow, a throwback, which is why you go there for throwback people,” he added, adding that Australians 'still live and die with the plot turns of soap operas’.
He was, as you might expect, pulled up on this too…
So far, Mr Cohen appears to be keeping his head down on Twitter.
Image credits: Time/Twitter/Vanity Fair