By Christopher Rosen
March 15, 2016 at 03:44 PM EDT
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One week after Google alerts for Kim Kardashian, Chloë Grace Moretz, Piers Morgan, and Bette Midler pinged simultaneously, one member of that disparate group has commented on the kerfuffle over Kardashian’s now-famous nude selfie.

Speaking to Elle, Moretz said she first referenced 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.”

After Kardashian posted her naked selfie, Moretz took her to task on Twitter. “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,” Moretz wrote. She 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 response, Kardashian mocked Moretz. “Let’s all welcome @ChloeGMoretz to Twitter, since no one knows who she is,” Kardashian wrote.

Asked by Elle what she would tell young fans navigating their lives through a world dominated by social media, Moretz said, “Depict yourself adequately as what you want to be seen as. 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.”

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