Two unlikely celebrities are in news headlines today after a publicly leaked interview quote caused a riot online. This battle between Simpson and Portman led to a clap back, a make up, and public debate about the topic.
In an interview, Portman, 37, told USA Today, “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.”
And that’s when all hell broke loose on social media, causing a debate over sexualizing bikinis or the representation of virgins (generally speaking). It also caused a discussion where fans questioned Natalie Portman’s beliefs of empowering women while tearing them down for theirs.
Jessica Simpson, 38, finally responded a few hours later. And let me tell you, she made her stance clearly known. She may even officially become the clap back queen with this.
Simpson, who has always remained proud and confident in her ability to remain a virgin until marriage (when she married Nick Lachey in October, 2002). She has frequently discussed the difficulty of maintaining beliefs and avoiding temptation. Simpson has also spent time sharing why she ultimately chose to stay pure despite all the opportunities that presented themselves. So it’s not surprising she chose to defend herself and her decision.
Luckily for the singer/actress, the internet had her back!
Jessica Simpson dragging a Harvard Grad is the real glow up https://t.co/n5FfPe1JLk
— Tinsel Mortimer (@benarmishaw) December 5, 2018
Portman has a Doctorate,is tremendously bright,and was correct. You cannot project an image of cheap sexual exhibitionism,in everything from exposed skin,cleavage and tightly wrapped breasts,and simultaneously extol virginity, without confusing people ⚡️ https://t.co/S4m8AooEUL
— Lee G. Kushner (@lee_kushner) December 6, 2018
Since Jessica posted her thoughts and feelings on social media to clear the air of her opinion on Portman’s comments, Portman has apologized.
“I would never intend to shame anybody and that was absolutely not my intention,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “I was really talking about mixed media messages out there for young women and completely apologize for any hurt it may have caused because that was definitely not my intention.”
She added, “What I said was I was confused by mixed messages when I was a young girl growing up, and there are a lot of messages for how women should be, and women should be allowed to do whatever they want.”
Portman also acknowledged she could have made her point without mentioning Simpson by name.
But the words are still creating this discussion of sexuality among the public. At first, I also believed Portman’s words were a little strange, especially considering her typical stance on confident women. However, these tweets made the world realize that her intentions may not have been as nasty as we all thought.
I do believe that she was trying to bring up the conflict and double standard in Hollywood, because there noticeably is one.
Furthermore, I believe that wearing bikinis and flaunting your body is not synonymous with having sex. I believe that someone’s way of showing or embracing their sexuality doesn’t entirely match someone else’s. I also strongly believe words were twisted in hopes of generating a juicy headline.
Yes, I remember the over sexualization of Simpson’s virginity, but different standards of The Jonas Brothers. I wouldn’t say it confused me, though. Because in my opinion, the way you present yourself does not always reflect your beliefs. Sometimes professional protocols force your decisions; other times, you simply cannot make certain personal choices.
Public persona is totally a representation you inflict upon yourself and has nothing to do with your beliefs. And, that’s what I think people are forgetting in this discussion.
Are you going to wear a shirt that purposely shows your nipple piercings and a lace bodysuit to a job in an office environment? No. Instead, you’d stay true to your sexually liberated self privately by sending nudes from the office bathroom, or keeping your lipstick shaped vibrator in your purse, or something like that.
Regardless, I’m proud of Jessica and Natalie for both standing up for their beliefs and taking ownership of the issue at hand, and I’m really glad to see that these strong women are choosing to use appropriate vocabulary to create powerful images and impact conversations.