Posters of a smiling Meryl Streep posing with Harvey Weinstein pasted to Hollywood mailboxes.
Videos of Streep calling Weinstein “a God” in an old Golden Globes speech being pinged from phone to phone.
A hashtag, rolling off the tongue a little more easily every minute, every hour.
This is the beginning of a new #metoo related moment – #sheknew.
“Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @goldenglobes in a silent protest,” McGowan tweeted last weekend. “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.”
Listen to the Mamamia Out Loud hosts discussing celebrities commenting on #metoo:
After that, really, Streep had no choice but to react.
“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,” she said, as reported by CNN. “I wasn’t deliberately silent. I didn’t know.
“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.”
That wasn’t good enough for the Internet, especially not for those who look at Weinstein and Streep and take a particular delight in seeing “lecturing liberals” tumbling from high horses.
And so a movement began…
#SheKnew campaign is FULL STEAM AHEAD RE: Polanski & Weinsten apologist Meryl Streep.
Should have never cast stones Meryl! Hollywood even sick of you. #BoycottHollywood
You can find posters near: Hollywood Highland Center, 20th century Fox Studios, & near Meryl Streep’s HOUSE! pic.twitter.com/ILf0ggjwv1
Meryl Streep just gave her biggest performance EVER!
Oscar for being only one in Hollywood unaware of the biggest open secret in Hollywood
— M (@mm77atl) October 9, 2017
I cant wait until the next awards show when Meryl Streep takes the stage and attacks #HarveyWeinstein but that would never happen.
— John Smith (@JohnSmith_USSR) October 9, 2017
And the movement is on the move, encompassing other women, like Hilary Clinton and Jane Fonda…
— RightHandMan (@RightHandManSJ) December 20, 2017