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Model and actress Emily Ratajkowski responds to Piers Morgan’s criticism of her provocative video

Emily Ratajkowski at The Kooples and Emily Ratajkowski LA Cocktail Event at Chateau Marmont on Monday in Los Angeles.
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Emily Ratajkowski at The Kooples and Emily Ratajkowski LA Cocktail Event at Chateau Marmont on Monday in Los Angeles.

Model and actress Emily Ratajkowski responded to criticism from Piers Morgan that came earlier this week after LOVE Magazine posted a provacative video of her.

The video, posted on Instagram, features Ratajkowski in a bra and underwear rubbing spaghetti all over her body. She told the magazine that female sexuality and sexiness can be “incredibly empowering for a woman if she feels it is empowering to her.”

But Morgan didn’t buy that Ratajkowski had created the video in the name of feminism, writing on his Twitter page that somewhere, the women’s rights activist Emmeline Pankhurst “just vomited.”

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He continued to tweet at people who had responded to him, criticizing the video.

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In a response Tuesday night, Ratajkowski said she never claimed her video was a “feminist statement.” (Fact check: she did talk about her interpretation of feminism twice to LOVE Magazine in describing the video.)

She also reposted the portion of her comment to the magazine that mentioned feminism.

“In the wake of the Harvey fallout and women coming forward with incredible amounts of sexual harassment cases, I have been so disappointed to hear women talk about ‘modesty’ and ‘our responsibility’ as if we need to, yet again, adjust to make it ‘easier’ for the rest of the world,” the statement read. “I’m tired of having to consider how I might be perceived by men if I wear the short skit or post a sexy Instagram. I want to do what I want to do. Feminism isn’t about adjusting, it’s about freedom and choice.”

She added on Twitter that though her video wasn’t intended to be a feminist statement, “now it’s worth saying that telling women what to do with their bodies & sexuality is actually just classic sexism.”

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“I can have opinions about feminism & also do sexy photo shoots k thanks,” she tweeted.

Ratajkowski, who starred in “Gone Girl,” is also in “I Feel Pretty,” a 2018 movie that was filmed in Boston this past summer.

Felicia Gans can be reached at felicia.gans@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @FeliciaGans.