"You make me want to vomit." What Rose McGowan's fury at Alyssa Milano tells us.

On Saturday, Rose McGowan’s words came through like they often do: In under 140 characters and blistering in their impatience.

“You make me want to vomit,” she wrote on Twitter. “You actually give me a body flashback. Well done, fake one.”

Her words were directed at friend (?) Alyssa Milano – her former Charmed co-star – after Milano sat on the couch of Megyn Kelly and spoke of her friend, Georgina Chapman.

Chapman, of course, is – was – the wife of former and fallen movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

“Georgina is doing very well,” Milano told Today‘s Megyn Kelly on Tuesday, after she was asked how Weinstein’s former wife was handling news of his assault and harassment allegations. “She’s an amazing mother. She’s an amazing woman, and I think her priority right now is focusing on how to raise those two children to the best of her capacity given the situation.

“She goes through very dark times. She’s very sad,” Milano added. “This is not easy for her, but I have no doubt that not only will she come out on the other side of this, but she deserves too. She’s a good woman.”

Within a week of the allegations surfacing in a particularly public manner, Chapman told People she would be leaving her husband.

“My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions. I have chosen to leave my husband. Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time,” she said at the time.

Since then, she has been quiet. Remarkably so. Her name, for the most part, has been absent from the headlines involving her former husband.

That is until now.

“Alyssa,” McGowan went on, “maybe you and Georgina can call up Camille Cosby.”

In 2015, a New York Post report claimed the wife of Bill Cosby knew her husband was a serial philanderer, but believes his scores of accusers “consented” to drugs and sex.

McGowan’s insinuation is a clear but damning one: The idea that Chapman was complicit, and in defending her friend, Milano is, too.

And herein lies the complicated politics of being loyal to friends who associate themselves with (alleged) monsters: You too are pulled into the suffocating riptide.


Milano, it should be noted, was the catalyst for the worldwide #MeToo movement, pulling the trigger on a moment and a movement that shaped 2017.

So does defending the wife of an accused rapist undo that good work?

Georgina Chapman and Alyssa Milano. Image: Getty.

That would probably depend on how much Chapman actually knew about the indiscretions of her husband, but if there's one thing we're failing to exercise in our current climate, it's the power of giving the benefit of the doubt.

For McGowan, there's something deeply personal and inherently emotional about the belief that someone else was complicit in your rape. And so, there's not a person in the world who can tell her she's not allowed to feel what she's feeling right now.

In a feud between loyalty of all kinds, it can be seen that in their own way, both Milano and McGowan are both in the right. Both are doing exactly what is expected of them.

And so, in acknowledging that, we can get back to the real the villain here.

The man that is Harvey Weinstein.