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Actress Olivia Wilde pointed media fury at director Clint Eastwood after journalists complained about the portrayal of reporter Kathy Scruggs in the upcoming film “Richard Jewell.”

Wilde, who plays Scruggs in the film, posted a lengthy Twitter thread on Thursday night taking issue with the suggestion that Scruggs trades sex for news tips in the Eastwood-directed film.

The actress said she did not understand her portrayal of Scruggs to include such an “appalling” and “misogynistic” implication and emphasized that she did not direct the film, Eastwood did, and she has little control as an actress.

“One of the things I love about directing is the ability to control the voice and message of the film,” Wilde started the Twitter thread. “As an actor, it’s more complicated, and I want to share my perspective on my role in the film ‘Richard Jewel.’”

“I was asked to play the supporting role of Kathy Scruggs, who was, by all accounts, bold, smart, and fearlessly undeterred by the challenge of being a female reporter in the south in the 1990s,” the actress continued. “I cannot even contemplate the amount of sexism she may have faced in the way of duty.”

“As a child of journalists myself, I have deep respect for the essential work of all in their field, particularly today when the media is routinely attacked and discredited, and regional papers like the AJC are disappearing on a daily basis,” Wilde said.

“Contrary to a swath of recent headlines, I do not believe that Kathy ‘traded sex for tips’. Nothing in my research suggested she did so, and it was never my intention to suggest she had. That would be an appalling and misogynistic dismissal of the difficult work she did,” she explained. “The perspective of the fictional dramatization of the story, as I understood it, was that Kathy, and the FBI agent who leaked false information to her, were in a pre-existing romantic relationship, not a transactional exchange of sex for information.”

Wilde then emphasized: “I cannot speak for the creative decisions made by the filmmakers, as I did not have a say in how the film was ultimately crafted, but it’s important to me that I share my personal take on the matter.”

Wilde included a “sex positive” message in the thread, suggesting that it is completely ethical to have sex with sources.

“My previous comments about female sexuality were lost in translation, so let me be clear: I do not believe sex-positivity and professionalism are mutually exclusive,” she wrote. “Kathy Scruggs was a modern, independent woman whose personal life should not detract from her accomplishments.”

The actress noted that the reporter “unfortunately became a piece of the massive puzzle that was responsible for the brutal and unjust vilification of an innocent man, Richard Jewell, and that tragedy is what this film attempts to shed light on.”

“I realize my opinions about Kathy, based on my own independent research, may differ from others involved with the film, but it was important to me to my my own position clear,” Wilde ended the thread.

Soon after posting the thread, Detroit Free Press pop culture critic Julie Hinds said Wilde’s posts raise “questions that Clint Eastwood should answer.”

See Wilde’s full thread, below:

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Wilson Mowles December 15, 2019
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Soon after posting the thread, Detroit Free Press pop culture critic Julie Hinds said Wilde’s posts raise “questions that Clint Eastwood should answer.” Did she actually talk to those who were involved in the case or this just based on her own personal bias and feminist opinions?
memphismom December 14, 2019
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She was okay with the movie until her social peers critiqued her role...…………….can't tell me that she had never seen the finished product until this week and had not objected to the portrayal before now. She is not really all that great as an actress and as she ages I would think she may want to think before she speaks.
Lisa December 14, 2019
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This happened where I live , I was there, I was lucky I was not near where the bomb went off, we had to leave immediately because they didn’t know if there were anymore bombs. There were more than a hundred people hurt from nails inside the bomb the nails went everywhere sticking into people. Kathy Scruggs helped to ruin Richard Jewell’s life, the newspaper’s and TV stations lied about Richard every single day ( just like they are doing the President) he was arrested, interrogated over and over but his story never changed because he was telling the truth. Eric Rudolph was caught in Murphy N.C. after 5 years and admitted doing the bombing among other bombings. Rudolph had been living in the Nantahala National Forest which if full of wild animals. Rudolph would come out at night looking for food. The smart FBI had spent 5 years and $24 million dollars looking for Rudolph when a 21 year old rookie deputy with the Murphy Police Dept. caught Rudolph behind a Save-a-Lot in the middle of the night looking in a dumpster for food. The people of Murphy and nearby Counties laughed their butts off when the FBI said “ they always get their man “ when they had nothing to do with catching Rudolph. I’m happy this movie has been made and that Clint Eastwood talked to Richard’s Mother, other family and friends and did his research to tell the truth. Richard Jewell sued newspapers that had printed lies about him and his family and won in court. Richard Jewell never recovered from the ordeal he and his family had been put through. Richard Jewell’s death was caused from diabetes. Kathy Scruggs died of a drug overdose.
Wilson December 14, 2019
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For someone claiming to be raised by journalists she does not know shit. It is or was against the ethics code to do just what she is suggesting. For one this can lead to all kinds of black mail and bad publicity for any news paper. Could go on about this but sure you can see where this is going.
MAC December 14, 2019
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WTF is with the new fascist regimes? It’s a Phuking Movie! Buy a ticket or don’t. Nobody but China, Hollywood, LA, NYC and DC whine about movies so STFU.
Oh no December 14, 2019
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Who cares what this pimped out bitch thinks. Fuck her!
Mike December 14, 2019
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She cashed the checks she got, though. Another gutless Dumbocrat cunt.
Michael Groves December 14, 2019
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I stress people in The thousands see this film. I haven't been to a movie in a long time. Will certainly go to this one. I have learned Demicrats, The Media, and Hollywood can't stand anything that has to do with the truth. That is why they don't like this movie. All the reason for everyone to see it.
Wilson December 13, 2019
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Wilde included a “sex positive” message in the thread, suggesting that it is completely ethical to have sex with sources. Someone has a loose screw and don't mean that in a sexual way.
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