Artist and activist Rose McGowan on Saturday tweeted criticism of Meryl Streep, indicating the actress had been willing to work with producer Harvey Weinstein for years after he had gained a reputation for being a sexual predator and saying that the plan to protest sex misconduct in Hollywood by wearing black to the Golden Globes reverberate hollow.
In the tweet, which 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 accepted a fake accolade breathlessly& affect no real chance. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa.”
In a statement sent to HuffPost by her publicist, Leslee Dart, Streep said:
“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 90 s where reference is assaulted her, or through subsequent decades when he started to be attempt others.
I wasn’t purposely 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 is also requested 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 induced with other people.
HW was not a filmmaker; he was often a producer, principally a marketer of films made by other people- some of them great, some not great. But not every performer, actress, and director who attained films that HW distributed knew he mistreated wives, or that he raped Rose in the 90 s, other women before and others after, until they told us. We did not know that women’s silence was purchased by him and his enablers.
HW necessity us not to know this, because our association with him bought him credibility, an ability to seduce young, aspiring women into circumstances where they would be hurt.
He necessity me much more than I required him and he made sure I didn’t know. Apparently he hired ex Mossad operators to protect the information collected from becoming public. Rose and the scores of other victims of these powerful, moneyed, ruthless men face an opponent for whom Winning, at any and all costs, is the only acceptable outcome. That’s why a legal defense money for victims is currently being assembled to which hundreds of good hearted people in our business will contribute, to bring down the mongrels, and help victims combat this scourge within.
Rose accepted and broadcast something untrue about me, and I wanted to let her know the truth. Through pals who know her, I got my home phone number to her the minute I read the headlines. I sat by that phone the working day yesterday and this morning, hoping to express both my deep respect for her and others’ mettle in uncovering the monsters among us, and my sympathy for the untold, ongoing ache she suffers. No one can bring back what entitled boss like Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes, and HW took from the women who suffered attacks on their bodies and their capacity 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, along with all the women in our business, standing in defiance of the same implacable adversary: a status quo that craves so badly to return to the bad old days, the age-old styles 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.”
Marchesa is the fashion line that Weinstein started with his wife, Georgina Chapman. Chapman has come under flame for what some say is complicit behavior, biding silent as dozens of the status of women have come forward to accuse Weinstein of sex misconduct, including rape.