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  • 30 May 2014, 13:22

Theron 'Should Apologise' For Rape Comment

Charlize Theron has come under fire for comments she made comparing fame and press intrusion to being the victim of rape.

The South African-born actress was speaking to Sky News while promoting her new film A Million Ways To Die In The West.

She said that "every aspect" of her life had become "fodder" for a brand of journalism that exists "in a dark room".

She said: "I don't (Google myself) - that's my saving grace. When you start living in that world, and doing that, you start feeling raped."

The actress has been a long-time anti-rape campaigner, appearing in a number of adverts, but critics have warned she is at risk of undermining all of her hard work.

Online editor of Grazia magazine in South Africa Cheska Stark told Sky News that with sexual abuse such a huge issue in South Africa, the actress should have been more careful.

"I understand that she has been violated but to compare that violation with that of a rape victim, for me is ridiculous," she said.

Theron won an Oscar for her portrayal of rape victim and serial killer Aileen Wuornos in 2003 and her mother Gerda was also a victim of domestic abuse. She shot and killed Theron's father in self-defence in 1991.

Ms Stark said: "We do understand that she gets that it's a very big problem and she has fought for rape victims so perhaps it was a slip of words. But I do think she needs to come back and address that."

Feminist activist Kate Smurthwaite agreed that the 38-year-old did not make a "fair comparison" and should consider apologising.

"I hope she will take the opportunity to actually try and use it to raise awareness about the real issues that are out there," she told Sky News.

The star's comments have also received criticism on Twitter, with one user saying "she should try telling that to a real rape victim".

@Geoffbanksracing tweeted: "Sorry but I have little sympathy for Charlize Theron. Make millions from being famous, there's a downside."

But Danielle Weakley, editor of women's interests division at Media 24 magazine in Johannesburg, said she does have sympathy for the stress that can come of being hugely famous and constantly followed.

"It is unimaginable - the intrusion of the paparazzi and media must be enormous," she said.

Twilight star Kristen Stewart was forced to apologise when she made similar remarks in 2010 during an interview with Elle magazine.

And Gwyneth Paltrow has been slammed this week for comparing her struggle with internet trolls to being a soldier in a war.

Vietnam veteran and US Senator John McCain's wife Cindy, whose two sons are soldiers, called the actress "ignorant" and "selfish".

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