Last week, there was an uproar after Keira Knightley dared to criticize Kate Middleton in an essay.
Keira, however, is speaking up and explaining that she did nothing of the sort.
She wrote the essay, but says that her words were misconstrued in an attack. She makes her real meaning clear.
On Thursday, at the premiere of her new film Collette at the 2018 BFI London Film Festival, Keira Knightley spoke out.
“I think it’s very interesting that certain parts of the media have, I don’t want to say purposefully,” Keira begins.
She continues: “but let’s just say misrepresented my meaning and exactly what I said.”
Some mistakenly interpreted her words as a criticism of Kate Middleton for looking too perfect, especially after having gone through the ordeal of childbirth.
People who read her words and took that from them … absolutely missed the point.
“So,” Keira says. “I would suggest to those people in the media that they re-read the entirety of the essay.”
“And,” Keira says, she suggests that they “not just take one bit out of it.”
Some people, it seems, need to work on their reading comprehension skills.
“Because the comments that I made,” Keira clarifies. “Are completely about our culture that silences women’s truths and forces us all to hide.”
“And,” Keira adds. “I absolutely did not shame anybody in any way, in fact quite the opposite.”
“So,” Keira says. “I would say to everybody, there is a wonderful book out at the moment, it’s called Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies).“
“And I suggest if you want to know about this,” Keira announces. “Then you should actually read the essay and all the others in the book”
Keira says that it’s a good book, adding: “and the wonderful thing is that all the proceeds go to Girl Up.”
“Which is a phenomenal UN foundation,” she explains. “Which gives money to organizations that are supporting girls’ education, girls’ safety and girls’ leadership in developing countries.”
That’s true — Girl Up has been around for a while and they do some great work.
What caused some ot misinterpret Keira’s essay was that she cited Kate Middleton as an example of women being asked to mask their discomfort.
“She was out of hospital seven hours later with her face made up and high heels on,” Keira wrote.
“The face the world wants to see,” Keira noted. “Hide. Hide our pain, our bodies splitting, our breasts leaking, our hormones raging.”
Keira observed that the expectations were to: “Look beautiful, look stylish, don’t show your battleground, Kate.”
“Seven hours after your fight with life and death, seven hours after your body breaks open, and bloody, screaming life comes out, “Keira wrote. “Don’t show. Don’t tell.”
Keira, clearly sympathizing with Kate for the demands that her status and society place upon her, continues.
“Stand there with your girl,” Keira wrote. “And be shot by a pack of male photographers.”
She discusses the cultural perception that pregnancy and childbirth are much simpler than the reality.
“This stuff is easy,” Keira mocked. “It happens every day. What’s the big deal?”
Keira then lost her cool: “So does death, you s–t-heads, but you don’t have to pretend that’s easy.”
Keira described her own experience with childbirth.
She wrote of being visited by loved ones while she “wore a hospital gown with paper pants on” because she was still bleeding.
“My breast is out in front of them all,” Keira narrated. “And I don’t care.”
“Your life is my life. You need me. I’m there,” Keira wrote. “F–k them all with their eyes watching, their embarrassed faces at my animalistic semi-nudity.”
She then asked: “Is this soft motherhood?”
Some may have maliciously misconstrued Keira’s words because they didn’t like what she was really saying.
There are, after all, people who demand that childbirth be treated almost reverently instead of as an agonizing, dangerous, and often disgusting process.
(Like Keira, we’re not knocking the process — just describing it honestly)
Others, however, may have simply overreacted when they saw Kate Middleton mentioned and, overwhelmed with defensive fury, missed that Keira isn’t criticizing Duchess Kate at all.
It’s called being overly zealous and it can happen to anyone.
We’re so glad that Keira helped to make things clear to those who had missed the point the first time around.