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Charlize Theron has sparked angry responses after she compared the press intruding on her private life to being raped.
The South Africa-born actress said during a press conference in Britain on Friday that “every aspect” of her life has become “fodder” for a brand of journalism that exists “in a dark room,” reported Sky News in the U.K.
“I don’t [Google myself] — that’s my saving grace,” said Theron, 38. “When you start living in that world, and doing that, you start feeling raped.”
When it comes to being in the media spotlight, “Some people might relish in all that stuff but there are certain things in my life that I think of as very sacred and I am very protective over them,” the Million Ways to Die in the West star went on to reveal.
“I don’t always win that war, but as long as I don’t have to see that stuff or read that stuff or hear that stuff then I can live with my head in a clear space, which is probably a lot healthier than living in that dark room.”
Theron’s controversial comments came just two days after Gwyneth Paltrow likened dealing with Internet trolls to the “dehumanizing” experience of soldiers at war.
“Celebrities, we’ve always gotten stones thrown at us and, you know, for good reason: We’re annoying,” she went on to say at the Code Conference hosted by Re/code.
Cindy McCain was quick to respond to Paltrow’s statement. “I would encourage Gwyneth Paltrow — and I would be happy to go with her — to go sit down with some troops who have served in Afghanistan or Iraq and talk to them about what really goes on, and perhaps meet some of the young men and women who have lost limbs from this,” Sen. John McCain‘s wife told HLN Now TV. “It’s Hollywood; I don’t know what else to say.”
The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to Theron’s representative for comment.
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