Since news of Harvey Weinstein’s prolific sexual misconduct broke, people around the world have been forced to reflect not only on the behavior of people in the entertainment industry, but themselves. Yet despite the groundbreaking revelations, the accusations the scandal has inspired have shown no signs of letting up.
One of Weinstein’s accusers is actress Rose McGowan. Back in October, the Charmed star accused the former movie mogul of raping her in 1997. She revealed that she was told by a lawyer that she was unlikely to get Weinstein convicted for his actions because of who he was.
McGowan also claimed that she was “blacklisted” by the after reporting what had happened to her, albeit not publically. Despite being given a small settlement from Weinstein at the time, he has “unequivocally denied” all of the allegations made by 50 plus women against him.
Now, the 44-year-old is publically criticizing those in the entertainment industry who appeared to turn a blind eye to Weinstein’s misconduct, which was reportedly well-known in Hollywood. She has made a point of criticizing Meryl Streep in particular.
After discovering that a number of actresses including Streep were planning to wear black to the Golden Globes as a mark of solidarity with Weinstein’s victims, McGowan took to Twitter to condemn them for their “hypocrisy”.
“Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @GoldenGlobes in a silent protest,” McGowan wrote in a tweet which has since been deleted. “YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly and affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa.”
However, this was not the first time that McGowan had criticized Streep for her response to the Weinstein scandal. She also expressed her outrage when 68-year-old Streep described his crimes as a “gargantuan example of disrespect”.
Streep and Weinstein had worked together on a number of prominent movies including August: Osage County (2013) and The Iron Lady (2011) – the latter of which earned Streep a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of the former British prime minister Marget Thatcher.
However, not everyone in Hollywood agreed with McGowan’s decision to shame Streep in this way, including actress Amber Tamblyn.