“It was very painful. When I said it was like a rape, that was how it felt to me. I had experienced in my youth being raped, and so I identified with a real act that had been done to me. I didn’t use that word lightly. I had been raped as a child. It was a rape I never told about, so when I experienced this one, I felt the need to express it. … I never reported my real rape, so I felt the need to report this one.”
– Actress Kim Novak spurred a whole lot of eyerolling when she said that the music from her 1958 film “Vertigo,” being used in the Oscar-winning film “The Artist” was like a “rape.” Last month, Novak took out a page in the magazine Variety which read, “I want to report a rape. I feel as if my body – or, at least my body of work – has been violated by the movie, ‘The Artist.’” She was slammed by rape crisis groups who pointed out, uh, it’s not really the same thing.
I’m not sure how I feel about Novak’s latest explanation given to the AP. While it is certainly a tragedy that she was sexually assaulted as a child and did not report it, for whatever reason, that does not mean she has carte blanche to compare something that she does not like to “rape.” While I’m pleased she is strong enough to speak out now about the trauma that happened to her as a child, it doesn’t diminish the fact her “The Artist” comparison trivialized what rape actually is.
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