Jessica Simpson is not happy with something Natalie Portman said about her

Why does it feel like this beef should be playing out in the parking lot of Whole Foods?Jessica Simps...

Posted: Dec 6, 2018 5:07 AM
Updated: Dec 6, 2018 5:07 AM

Why does it feel like this beef should be playing out in the parking lot of Whole Foods?

Jessica Simpson has taken exception to something Natalie Portman has said about her.

Celebrities

Jessica Simpson

Natalie Portman

Arts and entertainment

Music

Music and dance

Musical styles

Pop music

Here's how it all went down:

Portman's been making the rounds promoting her new film, "Vox Lux," about a teen who becomes a pop star after a song she writes honoring a tragedy goes viral.

The 37-year-old actress plays the adult version of the character, who ages through the course of the film.

Portman mentioned Simpson in an interview with 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," Portman said. "Like, I don't know what this is trying to tell me as a woman, as a girl."

Simpson, who was a teen-pop sensation in the late '90s and early 2000s, was not thrilled by the shoutout and posted a statement to Portman on social media Wednesday.

"@Natalieportman I was disappointed this morning when I read that I 'confused' you by wearing a bikini in a published photo taken of me when I was still a virgin in 1999," the statement began. "As public figures, we both know our image is not totally in our control at all times, and that the industry we work in often often tries to define us and box us in."

Simpson went on to say, "However, I was taught to be myself and honor the different ways all women express themselves, which is why i believed then -- and I believe now -- that being sexy in a bikini and being proud of my body are not synonymous with having sex."

"I have always embraced being a role model to all women to let them know that they can look however they want, wear whatever they want and have sex or not have sex with whomever they want," Simpson went on to say in her statement. "The power lies within us as individuals."

She ended her note with what could be viewed as a dig at Portman's high-profile association with the #TimesUp movement.

"I have made it my practice to not shame other women for their choices," Simpson posted. "In this era of Times Up and the great work you have done for women, I encourage you to do the same."

In case you were wondering, Twitter is here for every bit of this "feud."

Some believe that Simpson made the issue about her while Portman seemed to be making a statement about the music industry as a whole.

"If you ACTUALLY READ the Natalie Portman quote, she's clearly not criticizing Jessica Simpson for wearing a bikini so much as pointing out the confusing double standards of early 2000s pop stars, who were expected to present as both virginal and hypersexual," tweeted BuzzFeed editor Louis Peitzman.

Portman responded to Simpson on her Instagram post and started by thanking her for her 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," Portman wrote in the comments. "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," Portman added. "I have nothing but respect for your talent and your voice that you use to encourage and empower women all over the globe."

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 42281

Reported Deaths: 1540
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hennepin13568791
Ramsey5256233
Dakota271396
Stearns252319
Anoka2422111
Nobles16886
Washington128341
Olmsted127620
Mower9832
Rice8848
Scott8814
Clay61338
Kandiyohi5931
Blue Earth5752
Wright5395
Carver4942
Todd4032
Sherburne3695
Lyon3442
Freeborn3130
Watonwan2710
Steele2471
Benton2393
St. Louis23516
Nicollet20612
Martin1755
Winona14415
Goodhue1428
Cottonwood1410
Le Sueur1321
Otter Tail1141
Crow Wing11312
Pine1130
Chisago1101
McLeod1030
Dodge970
Carlton940
Polk903
Unassigned8838
Isanti830
Murray820
Chippewa811
Waseca780
Pipestone744
Douglas730
Itasca7112
Becker660
Morrison661
Meeker641
Faribault620
Sibley582
Jackson570
Pennington540
Beltrami530
Brown462
Mille Lacs402
Wabasha390
Renville372
Fillmore360
Rock340
Swift331
Grant320
Houston320
Yellow Medicine310
Roseau280
Redwood250
Wilkin223
Koochiching211
Norman210
Cass192
Lincoln190
Big Stone170
Kanabec171
Wadena170
Aitkin160
Marshall160
Clearwater130
Mahnomen131
Pope130
Stevens110
Hubbard100
Lake90
Traverse60
Lac qui Parle50
Red Lake40
Kittson20
Cook10
Lake of the Woods00

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 35313

Reported Deaths: 751
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk7538185
Woodbury334644
Black Hawk251959
Buena Vista173811
Johnson14798
Dallas140931
Linn139983
Marshall110019
Scott108410
Dubuque97823
Story8726
Pottawattamie83513
Wapello71531
Muscatine69345
Crawford6813
Sioux5050
Tama48729
Webster4285
Wright3991
Louisa36713
Jasper35417
Plymouth3525
Warren3331
Cerro Gordo3171
Dickinson3063
Washington2569
Hamilton2021
Boone1721
Clay1501
Clarke1443
Allamakee1384
Clinton1381
Mahaska11917
Shelby1190
Carroll1171
Bremer1167
Poweshiek1138
Franklin1120
Pocahontas1091
Des Moines1022
Emmet970
Cedar961
Henry933
Hardin920
Cherokee851
Marion850
Floyd822
Taylor810
Guthrie784
Monona780
Benton751
Jones721
Butler702
Osceola690
Sac680
Buchanan651
Calhoun652
Iowa631
Jefferson630
Harrison620
Hancock611
Jackson610
Humboldt601
Lyon600
Fayette590
Delaware561
Madison552
Lee542
Mills530
Palo Alto530
Monroe527
Clayton503
Winneshiek500
Grundy470
Mitchell460
Winnebago440
Davis431
Union430
Kossuth420
Howard370
Lucas354
Unassigned350
Chickasaw310
Greene310
Cass300
Worth250
Ida230
Keokuk231
Appanoose223
Page220
Van Buren210
Audubon181
Adair170
Ringgold161
Montgomery152
Decatur130
Fremont110
Wayne110
Adams80
Rochester
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 81°
Mason City
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 84°
Albert Lea
Scattered Clouds
81° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 83°
Austin
Clear
81° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 83°
Charles City
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 84°
Beautiful day today, storm chances return Tuesday
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Dave Noon Wx 7-13

Image

Mental health resources

Image

Dave Main Wx 6:30a 7/13

Image

Extended tax deadline is just two days away

Image

Zollman Zoo adapting to social distancing guidelines

Image

25th Anniversary Jodi

Image

New MC Test Site

Image

Operation Dry Water

Image

CL Splash Pad Opening

Image

MC Fireworks Ordinance Change

Community Events