October 08, 1998 12:00 AM

Still more Oscar fall-out: best actress winner Hilary Swank has a new critic. JoAnn Brandon, the mother of the murdered 21-year-old gender-bender played by Swank in “Boys Don’t Cry,” is said to be outraged by the actress’s acceptance speech, in which she referred to the character as “Brandon Teena.” That was the masculine name used by Brandon’s daughter, who was born Teena Brandon. Swank also referred to Teena as a man. “That set me off,” JoAnn Brandon, who lives in Lincoln, Neb., told USA Today. “She should not stand up there and thank my child. I get tired of people taking credit for what they don’t know.” She is further aggravated by the fact that the film fails to reveal that when her daughter was young she was sexually molested by a man. Thereafter, said her mom, “She pretended she was a man so no other man could touch her.”

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