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Kate Winslet Responds to Fat-Shaming Comments About Why Jack Couldn’t Get on the Door in ‘Titanic’

One of the classic scenes from the 1997 James Cameron blockbuster. Titanic has given rise to decades of debate.

Ahead of the film’s 25th anniversary, Kate Winslet recently reflected on the moment her character Rose DeWitt Bukater floats over a door while Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Jack Dawson sinks to his death, also addressing the response he received from viewers regarding the memorable scene.

In Friday’s episode of Happy, Sad, Confused podcast, the Avatar: The Path of Water The actress told Josh Horowitz that she was “apparently too fat,” in reference to people who commented at the time that her character’s weight was the reason DiCaprio couldn’t knock on the door.

“They were so bad. She wasn’t even fucking fat,” she said. “If she could turn back the clock, she would have used my voice in a completely different way. … I would have told the journalists, I would have responded, I would have told them: ‘Don’t you dare treat me like that. I’m a young woman, my body is changing, I’m figuring it out, I’m deeply insecure, I’m terrified, don’t make this more difficult than it already is.’ That’s bullying, you know, and actually borderline abusive, I’d say.”

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Winslet has publicly said that she was shamed and bullied as a child. In 2017, during a motivational speech for children in London, she said: “They called me Blubber.” She added that the scrutiny continued when she decided to pursue acting and was told by casting agents that she wasn’t what they were looking for: “They even told me that I might get lucky in my acting if I was happy to settle for the fat girl parts.

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The actress, winner of an Oscar for The readerHe told Josh Horowitz that he thinks comments about women’s bodies and looks are “getting better” but “we still have a ways to go.”

“It’s such an irresponsible thing to do and it directly feeds young women who aspire to ideas of perfection that don’t exist,” Winslet continued. “I just wish there weren’t so many comments about the fitness of the actresses. … You know, bodies are bodies. Everyone is beautiful whoever they are and whatever they come with, you know. It still drives me a little crazy. I definitely think we can do better with those things.”

And in response to the frequently asked question about whether Jack could have gotten in the door at TitanicThe actress assured that “at once it could have fit in that door but it would not have stayed afloat”, and that it was not a “sustainable idea”.

The film, which won 11 Oscars and became the highest-grossing film of all time up to that point, hit theaters on December 19, 1997.

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