Rose McGowan is not interested in your symbolic protests, Hollywood.
On Saturday, McGowan turned her attention to Meryl Streep and others who reportedly support a rising push for female actors to attend the upcoming Golden Globes awards show clad in all black. The gesture is intended as a protest of the sexual misconduct that’s run rampant through Hollywood for decades.
An incensed McGowan lashed out on Twitter at “actresses, like Meryl Streep,” for planning a silent protest.
“YOUR SILENCE is THE problem,” McGowan wrote. “You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy.”
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
She then suggested that the protesters all wear Marchesa, the fashion brand co-founded by Georgina Chapman, as an indirect jab at the protesters. Chapman is married to Harvey Weinstein, the caustic Hollywood producer who allegedly engaged in sexually predatory behavior for decades.
Chapman and Weinstein separated earlier this year, but McGowan’s reference to the fashion brand drives her message home: The act of simply attending the Golden Globes, in her mind — and, it’s worth noting, the minds of many others — makes you complicit with the bad behavior.
Her tweet is all the more striking given the “silent” aspect of this protest. No one has actually come out and explained the intent. The original report, via The Morning Breath, and subsequent confirmations from other outlets, like People, all hinge on anonymous sources.
There’s little doubt that some contingent of familiar names is working behind the scenes to make this protest happen. But the apparent unwillingness among them to publicly own this plan — as evidenced by the anonymous sourcing — gives added merit to McGowan’s take.
The response to her tweet has been decidedly mixed. Some are criticizing McGowan for attacking other women who have made the choice to protest without speaking up. Others agree, and double down by suggesting that not showing up at all would be a more appropriate act of protest.
This is a challenging situation. Who’s right and who’s wrong is largely a question of perspective. While most can probably agree that pushing back using any resources available against a culture that protects sexual misconduct and reinforces gender inequality is a good thing, a debate like this only proves that it’s never as black and white as one side vs. the other.