The 19-year-old actress was one of the first stars to publicly criticize Kardashian’s NSFW pic after it was posted on March 6. “I truly hope you realize how important setting goals are for young women, teaching them we have so much more to offer than our bodies,” she tweeted at the time. Many people accused her of slut-shaming Kardashian, but Moretz later added, “There’s a huge difference in respecting the platform that you’re given as a celebrity and ‘slut shaming,’ something I never have done and would never do.”
In a new interview with Elle, Moretz defended her comments, saying she was compelled to respond to the photo because of the “bigger” issues at play.
“All I'll say is that I think a lot of things can be misconstrued in a lot of ways,” Moretz said. “And I think if people open their minds more, and they try to look deeper into something than just something that is a very big, hot, fiery button to hide behind… I think if people looked into something bigger that I was trying to speak upon, they wouldn't be so easy to fire back silly, miscellaneous things.”
In response to Moretz’s initial comments, Kardashian mocked the Neighbors 2 star, tweeting, “Let’s all welcome @ChloeGMoretz to Twitter, since no one knows who she is.” She later penned a lengthy essay on her website responding to the backlash, writing, "I am empowered by my body. I am empowered by my sexuality. I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin."
Despite the kerfuffle she caused with her comments, Moretz told Elle she’s determined to stand her ground on social media, and advised other young women to do the same.
“Depict yourself adequately as what you want to be seen as,” Moretz said about her approach to social media. “Don't front, don't put something out there that you feel isn't realistic and doesn't portray who you are. Just be yourself, be you, and don't be afraid to speak your mind.”