Charlize Theron on Life in the Spotlight: 'You Start Feeling Raped'

Actress sparks firestorm over analogy directed at photographers and gossip reporters.
2:48 | 05/31/14

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A lot of people talking this morning about Charlize Theron and the controversial comments she made about life in the spotlight. The academy award winner using a questionable analogy when discussing her celebrity. ABC's Linzie Janis is here with more on this story. A lot of people talking about this this morning. Reporter: Charlize Theron was in the U.K., promoting her movie "A million ways to die in the west," when she used a poor word. Her comments have a lot of people fired up. Charlize Theron, the statuesque beauty and oscar-winning actress is in hot water for equating paparazzi intrusions with rape. It's when you start living in that world and doing that that you start feeling raped. Reporter: The controversial comments were made this week on Britain's sky news, as she was explaining why she doesn't Google herself. Some people might relish in all of that stuff. But there are certain things in my life that I think of as very sacred. And I'm very protective over them. Reporter: But this morning, Theron's use of the word rape is igniting a backlash on social media. Intrusive press coverage is nothing like rape, Charlize Theron, not even close. #Thinkbeforeyouspeak. Have you ever been raped? How dare you use the term so loosely. There was one wrong word choice and it overshadowed the entire point she was trying to make, which she clearly feels violated by the media and the intrusions into her life. Reporter: Theron is no stranger to the issue. She would be your mother. Your sister. Your daughter. Reporter: She starred in several public service campaigns aimed at stopping rape, including one in her native South Africa. Every 26 seconds a woman is raped in South Africa. Reporter: Theron isn't the first celebrity to come under fire for using the word. In 2010, Kristen Stewart told british "Elle" magazine said looking at paparazzi photos looked like someone being raped. And in 2011, Johnny Depp said that being photographed was like being raped. Both apologized. We reached out to Theron for comment. She hasn't responded. We did get a response from the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. It said the horror of rape should never be equated to someone googling themselves. We know what she meant. But she has been an advocate against rape for some time. Clearly, she is wishing she used different language. Reporter: Unfortunate word. Thank you. Coming up on "Good morning America," what's this woman so

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