Actress Charlize Theron: Intrusive Press Makes You 'Start Feeling Raped'

During an interview with Sky News on Friday, actress Charlize Theron explained that "every aspect" of her life has become "fodder," and the fact that she doesn't Google herself is her "saving grace." She added, "When you start living in that world, and doing that, you start feeling raped."

The Huffington Post noted Theron is “not the first actress to compare the press intruding into her personal life to rape, and she certainly won't be the last -- but wouldn't it be nice if she were?”

And even when given the chance to backtrack on her words, when asked if she meant to express the sentiment as strongly, she replied: "Well, when it comes to your son and your private life. Maybe it's just me. Some people might relish in 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."

And as mentioned earlier, Theron is not the first to compare rape to media intrusion. In a growing list of celebrities, there's Johnny Depp who told Vanity Fair that photo shoots make him feel like he's "being raped somehow"; Kristen Stewart, who told Elle that seeing paparazzi photos of herself felt like looking at someone being raped and Khloe Kardashian, who once noted that TSA officers "basically just are raping you in public" during pat down security checks.

Theron is currently dating actor Sean Penn, and everyone knows how much he hates the entertainment press and paparazzi.

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis