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Everyone needs to watch Natalie Portman’s explicit Time’s Up music video

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Natalie Portman has made her much-anticipated rap comeback with the incredibly explicit “Natalie’s Second Rap” on Saturday Night Live.

Natalie Portman first hosted SNL around 12 years ago – and, in doing so, brought us one of the US comedy show’s most popular sketches of all time.

We’re talking, of course, about her “out of control” rap video.

In the original 2006 sketch, Portman played an enraged and vulgar version of herself, rapping about “smoking weed” at Harvard and her love for “drink, fight and f*** all night”.

This time around, though, she starred in a new version of “Natalie Raps,” which is genuinely even more explicit than the first.

The music video included a birthing sequence, plenty of references to hallucinogenic drugs and Portman in her Queen Amidala costume from the Star Wars prequels, threatening someone with a gun.

“Say something about the motherf****** prequels, b****!” she snapped.

“Say something f****** nice about Jar Jar Binks!”

Finally, the rap ended with a shout out to Time’s Up, the anti-sexual harassment movement for which Portman has been one of the main supporters.

“Do you think those Time’s Up pins have had the impact you were hoping for?” asked interviewer Beck Bennett.

Cue Portman standing up and ramming one of the pins into Bennett’s forehead.

“How’s that for impact?” she asked him. “No more questions!”

Portman has been an incredibly vocal supporter of the Time’s Up initiative for some time.

Earlier this year, the Jackie actress said “it’s been very impressive how much this kind of shared space has been desired by so many of us and really speaks to the solidarity and the energy everyone is feeling around these issues.”

She added to Vulture: “I think everyone was activated so much by the courageous women who came forward with their stories and felt very much that they needed to do something that pertained to this systemic power imbalance that we feel is at the root of the harassment and the abuse.”

And, of course, Portman did not stop there.

Whilst presenting at this year’s Golden Globes, the Oscar winner famously went off script and called out the fact that all of the nominees in the Best Director category were men.

The category – which this year included Ridley Scott and Steven Spielberg – has only ever been won by one woman, Barbra Streisand, and has not had a female nominee since Ava DuVernay’s nomination for Selma in 2014. Since 2000, only three women have been nominated – DuVernay, Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation in 2003 and Kathryn Bigelow, once in 2009 for The Hurt Locker and again in 2012 for Zero Dark Thirty.

This year’s nominees were Ridley Scott for All The Money In The World, Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk, Steven Spielberg for The Post, Martin McDonagh for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and eventual winner Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water

Portman, rolling her eyes at the list as she stepped up to present the award, took aim at this blatant display of Hollywood sexism by announcing “the all-male nominees” – much to the seemingly horrified surprise of her co-presenter, Ron Howard.

At least she didn’t stick a pin in him, eh?

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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