Nicole Kidman Rips Hollywood: Films Add to Violence Against Women

Ms. Kidman goes to Washington

By DANIEL MACHT
|  Thursday, Oct 22, 2009  |  Updated 6:59 AM CDT
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Nicole Kidman told Congress that she is doing her part to end poor portrayals of women.

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Nicole Kidman said she avoids acting roles that portray women as “weak sex objects” but told Congress Wednesday that Hollywood “probably” has contributed to violence against women.

In testimony before the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee, the Oscar-winning actress, model and goodwill ambassador for the U.N. conceded that the film industry has played a “bad role” through its portrayal of women, The Associated Press reported.

But she said the industry was making an effort to contribute solutions for ending violence.

"I can't be responsible for all of Hollywood but I can certainly be responsible for my own career," Kidman said.

The Australian star of such films as “The Hours” and “Moulin Rouge!” was in Washington to advocate for legislation to fight violence against women overseas through grants and humanitarian relief efforts.

“We need the money,” she said.
 

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