The star of Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo," who will be honored in April at the TCM Classic Film Festival, said during a phoner with the Associated Press that hearing Bernard Herrmann's love theme from "Vertigo" in the silent-film reminded her of the same feelings she experienced when she was raped as a child.
"It was very painful," Kim, 79, said. "When I said it was like a rape, that was how it felt to me. I had experienced in my youth being raped, and so I identified with a real act that had been done to me. I didn't use that word lightly. I had been raped as a child. It was a rape I never told about, so when I experienced this one, I felt the need to express it."
As would be expected, Kim's comments drew criticism from rape-crisis groups, who noted that plagiarism was not the same as a sexual assault.
Culture wars continue
* Kirk Cameron won't back down. But why does anyone care?
In case you've been living under a rock, the born-again former "Growing Pains" actor said on Piers Morgan's CNN show that gay marriage was "unnatural."
No shock there.
Equally nonshocking? Folks sent Kirk hate mail for his view.
Yesterday, he issued a statement to ABCNews.com in response:
"I spoke as honestly as I could, but some people believe my responses were not loving toward those in the gay community. That is not true. I can assuredly say that it's my life's mission to love all people.
"I should be able to express moral views on social issues, especially those that have been the underpinning of Western civilization for 2,000 years - without being slandered, accused of hate speech, and told from those who preach 'tolerance' that I need to either bend my beliefs to their moral standards or be silent when I'm in the public square.
"I believe we need to learn how to debate these things with greater love and respect. I've been encouraged by the support of many friends (including gay friends, incidentally)."
We know CNN's ratings pale next to Fox News', but being given a prime-time forum there to espouse your religious beliefs isn't exactly being forced into silence "in the public square."
* Patricia Heaton ("The Middle") temporarily deleted her Twitter account after siding with Rush Limbaugh's criticisms of Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke last week.
On Feb. 29, Patricia tweeted:
"Hey G-Town Gal: Plz let us also pay for your Starbucks, movie theater tickets and your favorite hot wings combo deal at KFC! Anything else?"
"Hey G-Town Gal: If your parents have to pay for your birth control, maybe they should get a say in who you sleep with! Instant birth control!"
"If every Tweaton sent Georgetown Gal one condom, her parents wouldn't have to cancel basic cable, & she would never reproduce - sound good?"
She apologized Saturday before making her account inaccessible.
"Mea culpa Sandra! Wasn't being respectful 2 u re my tweets as I hope people wd b w/me. Don't like you being dissed - so sorry."
Twitter: Removing your filter for the entire world to see.
- Daily News wire services
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