Being a celebrity and having every moment of your daily life under scrutiny is hard. Making analogies is also hard. Just yesterday we were talking about how Gwyneth Paltrow compared reading comments about herself online to living through a war, which is an un-good analogy, people seem to agree. Today fellow famous person Charlize Theron has stepped in it as well, saying the invasive behavior of the media she is forced to live with is like being raped.
Theron, in the UK to promote her new film, A Million Ways To Die In The West, from rape joke purveyor Seth MacFarlane, told Sky News that she never Googles herself. “I don’t do that, so that’s my saving grace. When you start living in that world, and doing that, you start I guess feeling raped.”
“Well, you know when it comes to your son and your private life. Maybe that’s just me. Some people might relish 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.
“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.”
I have no doubt that having people pointing cameras at you every time you walk out the door, and people reporting everything you say, has to be a giant pain in the ass. Is it the same thing as being violently sexually assaulted? Probably not!
To help Theron, Paltrow, and everyone else anywhere who wants to make an analogy, which, again, are hard to pull off, I’ve updated my explainer chart below: