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Natalie Portman's Reply To Rose McGowan's Criticism Of Her Oscars Cape Is All Class

“I agree with Ms. McGowan that it is inaccurate to call me ‘brave’."

The 2020 Academy Awards was quite the interesting event. We had some feel good moments, such as Bong Joon-ho sweeping up the big categories for his work on Parasite and Jerry from Cheer giving everyone some great mat talk. Unfortunately, we also had some ridiculous moments like the backlash to Natalie Portman’s Oscar cape.

Speaking of the Oscars, the GOAT team talk about why the Academy forgot Luke Perry in its In Memoriam segment on It’s Been A Big Day For… below:

For those who need a reminder, Natalie Portman took to the red carpet with a special Dior Oscars cape which had all the names of snubbed female directors embroidered on it. Her ensemble drew a lot of mixed responses as folks either praised her for drawing attention to female directors, or slammed her for virtue signalling and for talking the talk but not walking the walk.

One particularly outspoken critic of Natalie Portman’s Oscar cape was Rose McGowan, who wrote a Facebook post calling out the actress’ activism for female directors as disingenuous by pointing out how she has worked prominently with male directors over the course of her career, as well as not hiring female filmmakers despite having her own production company.

Rose certainly didn’t hold back in her criticism for Natalie Portman and her Oscar cape, yet one can’t help but feel a bit uneasy about her comments. There’s no denying that Rose deserves credit for her efforts in promoting equality for women, but tearing down another woman for having good intentions isn’t helping the cause.

At the same time though, we can’t blame Rose McGowan for responding the way she has due to all the trauma she’s endured throughout her time in Hollywood, particularly with the Harvey Weinstein saga reopening old wounds.

But rather than clapback at all the criticism, Natalie responded with a classy statement (via The Hollywood Reporter) acknowledging that she agrees with Rose on how it’s “unaccurate” to call her “brave” and that’s a term best used for all the women who testified against Harvey Weinstein.

Natalie also acknowledges how she’s worked with few female directors and filmmakers over the course of her career, saying how she’s only “made shorts, commercials, music videos and features with Marya Cohen, Mira Nair, Rebecca Zlotowski, Anna Rose Holmer, Sofia Coppola, Shirin Neshat and myself,” before discussing how she’s tried and failed to get projects involving women off the ground.

Citing studies and her own personal experience, Natalie states how films from female filmmakers “face difficulty getting into festivals, getting distribution and getting accolades because of the gatekeepers at every level,” before saying how she’s “tried” and will “keep trying” to promote women in film as she’s “hopeful that we are stepping into a new day.”

Natalie Portman is a smart woman who definitely understands how her Oscar cape isn’t going to immediately change the world. Seeing Rose McGowan undermine her efforts despite both of them fighting for the same thing is pretty disappointing as criticising another woman in Hollywood isn’t the way forward, but Natalie’s response is the epitome of class.

Change takes time and here’s hoping that all the efforts from the likes of Natalie Portman and Rose McGowan will lead to some lasting change.

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Peter Dutton Wants To Send Coronavirus Evacuees To Mining Camps

What could possibly go wrong.

With the bushfires, government scandals, whatever new hole Scott Morrison has dug for himself, and now the coronavirus dominating headlines in Australia, getting the public’s attention is particularly tough these days, especially if you’re Peter Dutton, who must’ve felt a little left out these last few months.

But alas, it seems like ol’ mate has managed to figure out a way to shoulder-barge his way back to the headlines (unfortunately) by saying something cooked about the coronavirus.

The GOAT team dissect the coronavirus outbreak in more detail on It’s Been A Big Day For… below:

Scott Morrison previously unveiled Australia’s controversial coronavirus quarantine plan for those being evacuated from Wuhan (aka ground zero for the disease outbreak), which basically consists of sending evacuees to Christmas Island and making them pay for the trip.

With 14 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Australia (so far) and hundreds of others in quarantine for 14 days to make sure they’re not infected, there are worries that Christmas Island could reach capacity.

But fear not because Peter Dutton is here with a solution: send coronavirus evacuees to mining camps if Christmas Island is filled up.

Speaking about the issue (via The Guardian), ol’ mate Dutto says that if the situation continues and the coronavirus keeps breaking out in other countries or cruise ships, there’s the option of sending infected people to mining camps and/or other isolated places in Australia.

“There are isolated mining camps or the prospect of hotels that you could take over. But I think we’ll look at all of those in order of what we think is the best response, but all of this is in the spirit of preparation.”

No one is a fan of the coronavirus situation Australia finds itself in, but the solutions so far aren’t exactly… optimal. When your options are to be sent to a filthy detention centre on Christmas Island or some mining camp in the middle of nowhere that’s definitely not built for medical care, it’s a lose-lose situation.

But if you’re Peter Dutton, everything is apparently fine and the cockroach-riddled centres on Christmas Island are perfectly okay:

“I think frankly, overwhelmingly, except for one photo of one cockroach, most people are complimentary of what has happened.”

The coronavirus outbreak is a serious issue that’s been difficult to deal with, but surely the Australian government can do a little bit better. We’re not expecting them to build an entire hospital in just 10 days, but we at least expect things to be of a higher standard than Christmas Island or Peter Dutton spruiking mining camps in the middle of nowhere as viable medical care alternatives.

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Coronavirus Catch: The Govt Will Charge Aussies To Be Evacuated From China

Getting home from the coronavirus won't come cheap.

Around 600 Aussies have been stranded in Wuhan and the surrounding Hubei province ever since the coronavirus broke out. Needless to say that those Aussies aren’t particularly keen on staying in the epicentre of this disease outbreak and Australia has put together a plan to get those 600 people back to Australia.

However, there’s a catch to this plan: the coronavirus evacuees will be sent to Christmas Island first and be asked to pay for the cost of their own evacuation.

In a press conference, Scott Morrison announced that the “isolated and vulnerable Australians” who are caught up in the coronavirus outbreak will be sent to Christmas Island, where they will be kept in quarantine for up to 14 days, which is the recognised incubation period for the disease.

Morrison made sure to stress that the plan will prioritise Aussies who were short-term visitors to the Hubei province and who don’t have family there rather than those who lived there or have been there for ages, as well as a “limited window” to get foreign nationals out.

This plan has understandably not gone down well with Christmas Island locals, who aren’t exactly keen on hundreds of people exposed to the coronavirus being suddenly left on their door step.

While it is a biosecurity risk to bring those exposed to the coronavirus back to the Australian mainland, putting people in a detention centre some 1,650km away that doesn’t have appropriate medical care isn’t exactly a great look either.

Furthermore, the Morrison government’s quarantine plan isn’t going to come cheap for the evacuees. According to a statement (via The Guardian), the coronavirus evacuees will “be required to commit to making a contribution to the cost, consistent with normal arrangements in these circumstances.”

Now I didn’t think it’s protocol to charge people for their own evacuation, nor is the coronavirus “a normal arrangement in these circumstances,” but hey, I’m not an expert on quarantine costs, the law or anything in that realm.

A quick look at the Biosecurity Act 2015 suggests that the Morrison government will look to use the “Miscellaneous fees” provisions to justify the billing of coronavirus evacuees for their Christmas Island stay but again, who knows at this point. All I know is that I’ve never heard of the government charging anyone for their own evacuation.

For what it’s worth, New Zealand are also working with Australia on evacuating their own citizens out of China (via The Guardian) but their plan doesn’t involve putting those exposed to the coronavirus in a detention centre, nor is there any mention of charging them a fee for getting them home.

With all the panic that’s going on in regards to the coronavirus, which has caused racism and fake information to spike, it seems like money still talks at the end of the day and someone has to foot the bill as evacuations aren’t cheap.

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