Amid a social media storm of women sharing their stories of sexual assault, actress Rose McGowan publicly criticized celebrities on Twitter this month about their inauthentic responses to the situation.
“Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @GoldenGlobes in a silent protest,” Rose McGowan said in a tweet, which is now deleted. “OUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly and affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa.”
“You make me want to vomit. You actually gave me a body flashback. Well done, fake one – People,” McGowan tweeted.
In a statement sent to the Huffington Post by Streep’s publicist Leslee Dart, Streep responded to McGowan and stated that she hadn’t known about Weinstein’s crimes. She also claimed that many other women didn’t know about them because Weinstein covered these acts up.
“I wasn’t deliberately silent. I didn’t know. I don’t tacitly approve of rape. I didn’t know. I don’t like young women being assaulted. I didn’t know this was happening,” Streep said.
Streep sent McGowan her home phone number through mutual friends and waited for a call, but McGowan did not reach out. Streep says she hopes McGowan will recognize that women can stand in solidarity and help eliminate cover-ups.
“I am truly sorry she sees me as an adversary, because we are both, together with all the women in our business, standing in defiance of the same implacable foe: a status quo that wants so badly to return to the bad old days, the old ways where women were used, abused and refused entry into the decision-making, top levels of the industry,” Streep said.
However, McGowan later referenced a Vogue Australia article on Twitter and stated she didn’t accuse Streep of knowing about Weinstein’s crimes.
McGowan is known for her outspokenness on Twitter and specifically called out Ben Affleck back in October, according to Variety.
Other celebrities, including McGowan’s friend Amber Tamblyn, defended Streep.
“Rose McGowan is a friend and while I support her kind of movement, I do not support any woman (or man) shaming or taunting the movements of other women who are trying to create change. Telling us to all wear Marchesa? This is beneath you, Rose,” Tamblyn said.
As a result of McGowan’s tweet, a street artist created black-and-white posters with a picture of Streep standing next to Weinstein, Slate reports. A red rectangular block with “She Knew” covers her eyes. The posters appeared around locations relevant to Streep’s life –near her home in Pasadena, near the SAG-AFTRA building, and across from a 20th Century Fox studio.
The artist responsible for these pictures, a former US marine named Sabo, claimed he formed the campaign due to the way Streep used her recent film The Post to bash Trump, the Guardian reports. Sabo is a right wing artist who has created similar works for other famous figures, such as Hillary Clinton.
McGowan ignited a Twitter fire that has drawn more attention to the already prevalent issue of sexual assault, but the actress has also lost support in the process. Despite her comments, women like Streep still fight for justice and recognize the severity of the issue.
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