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Jessica Simpson Calls Out Natalie Portman

Jessica Simpson posts an Instagram firing back at Natalie Portman for her comments on a 1999 bikini photo.


Jessica Simpson called out Natalie Portman Wednesday. The singer's post was in reaction to an interview Natalie Portman did for USA Today in which she said, "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."

In response, Jessica Simpson posted on Instagram:

Shortly after, Portman responded in the comments, saying, "Thank you for your words. I completely agree with you that a woman should be allowed to dress however she likes and behave however she likes and not be judged. I only meant to say I was confused — as a girl coming of age in the public eye around the same time — by the media's mixed messages about how girls and women were supposed to behave. I didn't mean to shame you and I'm sorry for any hurt my words may have caused. I have nothing but respect for your talent and your voice that you use to encourage and empower women all over the globe."

Many fans think Simpson missed the point of Portman's statement, claiming all she intended to do was point out the double standards that often inhibit women's expressions of sexuality. Others feel that Simpson was right in passively calling out Portman's statement, saying that women should strive to protect each other from the very scrutiny Portman was condemning. Regardless, it remains to be seen whether any tension persists between the two celebrities.

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