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Trivializing Rape is Not OK

Women and Hollywood By Melissa Silverstein | Women and Hollywood January 12, 2012 at 9:41AM

Here we go again.  Another Hollywood star -- or in this case former star, 78-year-old Kim Novak took out a full page ad in Variety equating the use of the score for Vertigo in The Artist to rape.
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Kim Novak

Here we go again.  Another Hollywood star -- or in this case former star, 78-year-old Kim Novak took out a full page ad in Variety equating the use of the score for Vertigo in The Artist to rape.

Here's what she said- the first line is all in caps: I WANT TO REPORT A RAPE.

The second paragraph is also in caps: I FEEL AS IF MY BODY... OR, AT LEAST MY BODY OF WORK - HAS BEEN VIOLATED BY THE MOVIE THE ARTIST.

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To repeat, she equated the use of music from a decades old movie to rape.  In case you need a reminder about what rape is here is the definition (from dictionary.com): "the unlawful compelling of a person through physical force or duress to have sexual intercourse.  any act of sexual intercourse that is forced upon a person."

Her idiot manager Sue Cameron! made things worse by saying to Fox 411: “There are all kinds of rape including the rape of one’s soul. All rapes are violent acts and all victims should be supported.”

That statement is seriously one of the most stupid things I have heard in a long, long time and I write about movies and TV so I read stupid things all day long. 

Interestingly, the FBI just updated their definition of rape this week after 85 years and I just want to let both Sue Cameron and Kim Novak know that they did not include the rape of the soul in the new definition.

Stop trivializing rape.  You should know better.

Kim Novak's Rep Defends Actress' Use of Term 'Rape' in Variety Ad (Fox 411)

Hitchcock star slams French film for music 'rape' (AFP)

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