A group of actresses announced that they would wear black to this year’s Golden Globes. The move is an attempt to protest inequality in Hollywood. However, Rose McGowan is having none of it.
McGowan has been at the forefront of the Weinstein allegations. She is calling out actresses such as Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, and Jessica Chastain for this protest. She says they’re hypocrites. The black is meant to symbolize mourning in solidarity for victims of Weinstein, Spacey, and others.
In a tweet that has since been deleted, McGowan said:
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 and affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa…
The Marchesa reference alludes to the design house of Weinstein’s now-estranged wife Georgina Chapman. Although the tweet was deleted, it’s raw. And it’s certainly true.
For years, Weinstein’s reputation has been known in Hollywood circles. Why is it that these actresses are only coming out now? The cynic in me views this as nothing more than a PR move a la Kathy Griffin. It’s a way to salvage their reputations after remaining complicit for so many years.
Streep is by far the worst culprit. Not only was she close to Weinstein, she has also openly supported Roman Polanski’s return to the United States. The “Rosemary’s Baby” is currently in exile for raping a 13-year-old girl.
After years and year of remaining complicit, apparently, the best Hollywood actresses can do is wear black. And we all know that only the finest designers will be used. So, what is the real sacrifice here?
When it comes to helping out their fellow actresses, who have been preyed upon for years, this is the literal least anyone could do.
Just a few hours ago, Meryl Streep responded in a statement. Here it is in full.
It hurt to be attacked by Rose McGowan in banner headlines this weekend, but I want to let her know I did not know about Weinstein’s crimes, not in the 90s when he attacked her, or through subsequent decades when he proceeded to attack others.
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.
I don’t know where Harvey lives, nor has he ever been to my home.
I have never in my life been invited to his hotel room.
I have been to his office once, for a meeting with Wes Craven for “Music of the Heart” in 1998.
HW distributed movies I made with other people.
HW was not a filmmaker; he was often a producer, primarily a marketer of films made by other people- some of them great, some not great. But not every actor, actress, and director who made films that HW distributed knew he abused women, or that he raped Rose in the 90s, other women before and others after, until they told us. We did not know that womens’ silence was purchased by him and his enablers.
HW needed us not to know this, because our association with him bought him credibility, an ability to lure young, aspiring women into circumstances where they would be hurt.
He needed me much more than I needed him and he made sure I didn’t know. Apparently he hired ex Mossad operators to protect this information from becoming public. Rose and the scores of other victims of these powerful, moneyed, ruthless men face an adversary for whom Winning, at any and all costs, is the only acceptable outcome. That’s why a legal defense fund for victims is currently being assembled to which hundreds of good hearted people in our business will contribute, to bring down the bastards, and help victims fight this scourge within.
Rose assumed and broadcast something untrue about me, and I wanted to let her know the truth. Through friends who know her, I got my home phone number to her the minute I read the headlines. I sat by that phone all day yesterday and this morning, hoping to express both my deep respect for her and others’ bravery in exposing the monsters among us, and my sympathy for the untold, ongoing pain she suffers. No one can bring back what entitled bosses like Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes, and HW took from the women who endured attacks on their bodies and their ability to make a living.. And I hoped that she would give me a hearing. She did not, but I hope she reads this.
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. That’s where the cover-ups convene. Those rooms must be disinfected, and integrated, before anything even begins to change.