Here’s Why Rose McGowan Is Calling Out Meryl Streep
In the past few months, Rose McGowan, AKA one of TIME magazine’s own “silence breakers,” has been one of the loudest voices behind the #MeToo movement, calling out everyone from her accused rapist, Harvey Weinstein, to TMZ’s Harvey Levin, who she recently accused of harassing her by “hanging something over her head.” Now, she’s taken aim at a new target, calling out actress Meryl Streep for reportedly participating in a protest that’s rumored to be taking place at the Golden Globes come January 7.
After news broke that many of the show’s attendees would likely be hitting the red carpet clad in black as a show of solidarity against the sexual misconduct allegations that have flooded Hollywood in the past year, McGowan, 44, took to Twitter to voice her disapproval, calling out Streep, 68, in particular.
Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @GoldenGlobes in a silent protest. YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa.
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) December 16, 2017
“Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for [Weinstein], are wearing black @GoldenGlobes in silent protest. YOUR SILENCE is THE problem,” she wrote. “You’ll accept a fake award and breathlessly [and] affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy.”
She also took a dig at the couture brand co-founded by Weinstein’s estranged wife, Georgina Chapman (which is set to return to NYFW come this February), adding, “Maybe you should all wear Marchesa.”
Reactions to McGowan’s views were mixed, with some voicing their approval of her sentiments, and others pointing out that she herself had worked with director Victor Salva on 2011’s Rosewood Lane. Others still were upset that she had chosen to focus the discussion on a woman, particularly one they felt had been instrumental to standing up for the female gender.
Wow. So now #MeToo is attacking women? Seriously? Meryl Streep? Count me out.
— Jamie Kelly 🇺🇸🇵🇷 (@Barkforlove1) December 16, 2017
— If U Tolerate This Then Yo Children Will B Next 🎧 (@archct) December 16, 2017
I’m 100% behind your movement, but you really need to stop calling out Meryl Streep because she’s amazing and she doesn’t deserve your hate and it REALLY makes you seem irrational.
— 🌈 Marco Manganiello 👨❤️💋👨 (@Rise__N__Shine) December 16, 2017
Of course she has anger and hate. When a women supports, enables, and uses a predator for her own benefit is not authentic. She’s wanting Meryl to be held accountable for her actions, and authentic to them. Nothing wrong with that. Right and wrong isn’t flexible.
— noairs (@NoAiRsReAlTaLk) December 16, 2017
Meryl Streep said she didn't know about Harvey and as soon as she did she condemned his actions a few times already, she has every right to do a "silent" protest as well, because she has spoken up
— Lizbeth (@mixer_ts6) December 17, 2017
It doesn't even make sense. Women are fighting. They should wear red.
— The Dishmaster (@TheDishmaster) December 17, 2017
This tweet is a disappointment.
Why attack the women, now? Do you KNOW that they “happily” worked for someone they, at the time, knew was a predator?
And Meryl Streep is KNOWN to accept her REAL award, get on stage, and be a REAL advocate for positive change.
Redirect your anger.
— Lemmemn (@fancyfeet07) December 17, 2017
Streep, for her part, has issued no comment, though she did play coy with Extra TV when asked whether she would be participating in the protest, saying, “I don’t know. I’m not talking. You gotta tune in, don’t ya?”
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