Rose McGowan, the actress who came forward before most to accuse film producer Harvey Weinstein of raping her has branded the #MeToo movement as “bullshit” — a remark that would later prompt clarification.
In an interview with Sunday Times Magazine, McGowan said the sexual predator’s victims may very well number “in the thousands,” and called out Hollywood for its hypocrisy.
“I just think they’re douchebags. They’re not champions,” McGowan said. “I just think they’re losers. I don’t like them.”
“How do I explain the fact that I got a GQ Man of the Year award and no women’s magazines and no women’s organizations have supported me?” she added.
McGowan told The Times she’s not supported by women in the industry who back the #MeToo movement, saying that she was not invited to related functions.
“It’s all bullshit. It’s a lie,” McGowan said. “It’s a Band-Aid lie to make them feel better. I know these people, I know they’re lily-livered. As long as it looks good on the surface, to them, that’s enough.’
McGowan would later clarify her remarks in a tweet, saying she was not calling the #MeToo movement a “lie,” but Hollywood and its “Time’s Up” campaign.
“#MeToo is about survivors and their experiences, that cannot be taken away,” noted the actress/activist.
I never said #MeToo is a lie. Ever. I was talking about Hollywood and Time’s Up, not #MeToo. Ugh. I’m so tired of erroneous sh*tstorms. #MeToo is about survivors and their experiences, that cannot be taken away.
— Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) October 7, 2018
She offered additional clarification in a second tweet, saying the writer didn’t actually say #MeToo:
Here is the Sunday Times transcript. The words in parentheses are the writer’s notes and weren’t spoken. The question was, “and you don’t get invited to all the lunches?” See my answer below. Understand how these things get slanted, in other words #FakeNews pic.twitter.com/XRC2QDJE1x
— Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) October 8, 2018
The walk back appears to be sincere, an effort to reclaim the #MeToo movement on behalf of real victims from those on the left who have weaponized it for political gain.
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 8, 2018
No hypocrite when it comes to the issue, McGowan was critical of Hollywood during the Golden Globe Awards, where some stars wore black to
And not one of those fancy people wearing black to honor our rapes would have lifted a finger had it not been so. I have no time for Hollywood fakery, but you I love, .@AsiaArgento #RoseArmy https://t.co/9e0938y5sI
— Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) January 8, 2018
McGowan was upset that none of the women who came forward early on to complain about Weinstein were invited to attend the Golden Globes ceremony.
She was also critical of Hillary Clinton and A-list actress Meryl Streep in The Times interview, saying that it’s “literally impossible” they didn’t know about Weinstein’s sexually abusive behavior.
Activists from the #MeToo movement have “sold themselves a fiction” instead of facing up to the true nature of Hollywood, McGowan said.
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