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Classic Film Actress Wants You to Know that Her Inappropriate Rape Analogy Was Literal, Not Figurative

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | March 6, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | March 6, 2012 |

Many weeks ago, Kim Novak, classic film actress and star of Vertigo, took out a full-page ad in Variety to shame the makers of The Artist for borrowing the love theme from Vertigo. In the ad, she wrote:

“This film could and should have been able to stand on its own without depending upon Bernard Hermann’s score from Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo to provide it more drama … Even though they did give Bernard Herrmann a small credit at the end, I believe this kind of filmmaking trick to be cheating. Shame on them! … I want to report a rape. I feel as if my body — or, at least my body of work — has been violated by the movie, The Artist.”

At the time, Novak was roundly chastised by critics and rape crises groups for unnecessarily invoking Godwin’s Law of Rape. How do you compare credited plagiarism of a score to rape (especially, where Novak didn’t even compose the score. She merely acted in a movie in which said score was used).

Anyway, Novak doubled-down in an interview with the Associated Press this week, and she would like us to know that she did not mean rape figuratively. What she meant was that the authorized lifting actually felt like rape.

“It was very painful,” said Novak. “When I said it was like a rape, that was how it felt to me. I had experienced in my youth being raped, and so I identified with a real act that had been done to me. I didn’t use that word lightly. I had been raped as a child. It was a rape I never told about, so when I experienced this one, I felt the need to express it.”

“I never reported my real rape, so I felt the need to report this one,” said Novak, who left Hollywood in the 1970s for Big Sur, an isolated section of California coastline, before eventually relocating to Oregon. “I felt that someone needed to speak up because the music has been taken advantage of too much. I hope that in the future, maybe somehow it will do some good.”

Oh, well, in that case whatthefuckisyourproblemlady?

(HuffPo via Vulture)

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