For many, the ribbon of black frocks moving through the Golden Globe Awards last night was exhilarating. The ‘time is up’ speeches from actresses such as Nicole Kidman, Elizabeth Moss, Reese Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey were met with appreciation and a feeling in your stomach that something’s changing.
For others, the night was shrouded with hypocrisy. And, the fact the majority of guests were dressed in black to protest the endless allegations of sexual assault and coverups being levelled at Hollywood heavyweights, it seemed to embody that old adage: Too little, too late.
One of these people is 44-year-old actress Rose McGowan, who’s been a vocal leader of the #MeToo movement and was one of the first actresses, alongside Ashley Judd, to publicly accuse now-disgraced film director Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault in October last year.
She has also controversially accused veteran actress Meryl Streep, who has worked closely with Weinstein, of staying silent through the decades of his sexual misconduct. And, when the ‘Wear it Black’ protest was first suggested in early December, McGowan was quick to voice her dissent: the symbolism will change nothing, she suggested, and will provide a convenient excuse to continue changing nothing.
Now, with the 2018 Golden Globes out of the way, McGowan has again voiced her disgust.
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, 2018Advertisement
“And not one of those fancy people wearing black to honor our rapes would have lifted a finger had it not been so,” she posted to Twitter yesterday evening. “I have no time for Hollywood fakery.”
This came in response to a tweet from activist Asia Argento, which read: “No one should forget that you were the first one who broke the silence. Anyone who tries to diminish your work is a troll and an enemy of the movement. You gave me the courage to speak out. I am on your side until I die.”
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McGowan wasn’t done and ended the night with a simple: “Alright, Oprah.”
Actress Amber Tamblyn responded to McGowan, tweeting that “while she supports the movement”, she “does not support any woman (or man) shaming or taunting the movements of other women who are trying to create change.”
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