The Internet, for better or worse, has changed our lives. For some stars, their lives have been made worse by the constant and often intrusive interest in their personal lives.
Charlize Theron is the latest celebrity to lash out at the web.
Asked whether she ever Googled herself, the Oscar winner told Britain's Sky News: "I don't do that, so that's my saving grace. When you start living in that world, and doing that, you start, I guess, feeling raped."
Asked whether she felt that strongly about the issue, she replied, "Well, you know when it comes to your son and your private life. Maybe that's just me."
Social media quickly jumped on Theron's "rape" comparison, with some calling her remark "disgraceful" and others demanding she apologize.
A rep for the actress did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.
Theron is not the only star to take on the web:
Kristen StewartTheron wasn't the first celebrity to compare online media coverage to rape. Kristen Stewart issued a swift apology after making made similar remarks in 2010 during an interview with British Elle.
Speaking about the paparazzi photos of her that end up online and in magazines, she said, "I feel like I'm looking at someone being raped. A lot of the time I can't handle it."
The 24-year-old actress quickly came under fire from fans to rape victims' advocacy groups.
"I really made an enormous mistake – clearly and obviously," Stewart, told People days after the quote surfaced online. "And I'm really sorry about my choice of words." She noted, "'Violated' definitely would have been a better way of expressing the thought."
Gwyneth PaltrowDays before Theron's "rape" comment, Gwyneth Paltrow attacked so-called Internet trolls for posting nasty, anonymous comments online.
"You come across [online comments] about yourself and about your friends, and it's a very dehumanizing thing. It's almost like how, in war, you go through this bloody, dehumanizing thing, and then something is defined out of it," Paltrow said earlier this week at a conference hosted by Re/code that delved into internet culture. "My hope is, as we get out of it, we'll reach the next level of conscience."
Paltrow added that the internet offers amazing opportunities to "mature and learn," but also "to project outward our hatred" through anonymous comments.
The 41-year-old actress quickly came under fire for her "war" comparison. Cindy McCain, the wife of Sen. John McCain, tweeted, "Gweneth (sic) Paltrow is a joke. Her life is like taking bullets for a soldier. What a joke! My 2 sons serving in the military should talk to her." She later added, "Perhaps Gweneth (sic) Paltrow should go out on patrol with some soldiers. Kind of like a Red Carpet in her mind I guess!"
Paltrow has yet to respond.