Activist Rose McGowan branded Natalie Portman a 'fraud' for wearing a Dior cape embroidered with the names of female directors snubbed by the Oscars to Sunday's award ceremony.
McGowan tore ripped into the actress in a Facebook post on Wednesday, writing: 'I find Portman's type of activism deeply offensive to those of us who actually do the work. I'm not writing this out of bitterness, I am writing out of disgust.'
Portman received widespread praise on Sunday when she walked the red carpet wearing the black cape with the names of eight female directors including Little Women's Greta Gerwig and The Farewell's Lulu Wang.
McGowan, however, was not impressed. She called Portman's fashion statement 'the kind of protest that gets rave reviews from the mainstream media for its bravery.'
'Brave? No, not by a long shot,' McGowan vented. 'More like an actress acting the part of someone who cares. As so many of them do.'
Portman responded to McGowan's scathing statement by agreeing that she did not deserve to be called 'brave' for the small gesture.
Rose McGowan branded Natalie Portman a 'fraud' for wearing a Dior cape embroidered with the names of female directors snubbed by the Oscars to Sunday's ceremony
The actress also acknowledged her lacking record of working with female directors, which McGowan had called out.
'Natalie, you have worked with two female directors in your very long career- one of them was you,' McGowan wrote. 'You have a production company that has hired exactly one female director- you.'
She continued: 'What is it with actresses of your ilk? You 'A-listers' [puke emoji] could change the world if you'd take a stand instead of being the problem.
'Yes, you, Natalie. You are the problem. Lip service is the problem. Fake support of other women is the problem.'
Portman was quick to respond to the rant.
'I agree with Ms. McGowan that it is inaccurate to call me 'brave' for wearing a garment with women's names on it,' she said in a statement.
'Brave is a term I more strongly associate with actions like those of the women who have been testifying against Harvey Weinstein the last few weeks, under incredible pressure.'
She then said: 'It is true I've only made a few films with women. In my long career, I've only gotten the chance to work with female directors a few times …Unfortunately, the unmade films I have tried to make are a ghost history.
'I have had the experience a few times of helping get female directors hired on projects which they were then forced out of because of the conditions they faced at work.
'After they are made, female-directed films face difficulty getting into festivals, getting distribution and getting accolades because of the gatekeepers at every level.'
'I want to say, I have tried, and I will keep trying. While I have not yet been successful,