The Best Celebrity Speeches from the Women's March in LA

Cheryl Sanders
January 23, 2018

Natalie Portman has opened up about her experience of "sexual terrorism" as a teen, during a passionate speech during this weekend's Women's March in Los Angeles.

"My mind baffles - how could a person publicly stand by an organisation that helps to provide support for victims of sexual assault while privately preying on people who have no power", she said.

Hollywood stars Eva Longoria and Scarlett Johansson joined Ms Portman on stage in down town Los Angeles, supporting the #MeToo movement and sharing their own personal experiences of sexual harassment with the crowd. My testimony is one of being sexually assaulted and very much seeing a childhood that was robbed from me.

The Academy Award-winning actress recalled feeling sexualized by the entertainment industry from the time her first film, "Leon: The Professional", was released when she was 13 and suggested it was time for "a revolution of desire".

Numerous women from coast to coast came forward to accuse a slew of high powered men of sexual misconduct, leading to the "Me Too" and "Times Up" movements. "I wanted to cover my body and to restrain my appearance and my work so as to send my own particular message to the world that I'm somebody deserving of security and regard".

As protesters gathered in many communities across the country - including several marches in Wisconsin - Trump tweeted that it was a "perfect day" for women to march to celebrate the "economic success and wealth creation" that's happened during his first year in office. And movie reviewers would mention her "budding breasts" in reviews. "And that men would feel entitled to discuss and objectify my body to my great discomfort".

However she added it was the only way she believed her voice could be heard, and that at 13, "the message from our culture" was clear to her.

After that, Portman started rejecting roles that included a kissing scene and started building a "reputation for basically being prudish, conservative, nerdy, serious".

The March was marked by many women wearing pink knit "pussy hats", an enduring symbol of last year's Women's March and the rebuke of Trump.

One year after the 2017 Women's March made history with millions of attendees worldwide, ladies (and gents!) in major cities across the US are at it again.

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