Rose McGowan, one of the most vocal advocates of the #MeToo movement, is clarifying what appeared to be distressing comments about the revolutionary reckoning that swept through Hollywood the past year.
McGowan, 45, helped spark the movement last fall by going on the record with sexual assault allegations against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The actress said Weinstein raped her in a hotel room in 1997 and blacklisted her, damaging her career.
Days after the #MeToo movement’s first anniversary, an interview with the “Scream” actress published in London’s Sunday Times, declared that McGowan had deemed the #MeToo movement “bull-(expletive)” and that Hollywood’s battle against sexual assault in the entertainment industry is only skin-deep.
McGowan refuted the story on Twitter Sunday afternoon. “I never said #MeToo is a lie. Ever,” she clarified. “I was talking about Hollywood and Time’s Up, not #MeToo.”
Expressing her frustration, she added: “Ugh. I’m so tired of erroneous (expletive). #MeToo is about survivors and their experiences, that cannot be taken away.”
Early Monday morning, she posted two videos on Twitter of herself to further convey her thoughts.
“#MeToo is important, it’s honest and it’s our experience. It is not a lie,” she said. “For some reason, there are people in the media that will try to bring it down, but I say stand strong. Again, it’s simply our shared experience. That is what #MeToo is. And it’s beautiful. As are we.”
The Times story had quoted McGowan as saying, “It’s a lie. It’s a Band-Aid lie to make them feel better. I know these people, I know they’re lily-livered, and as long as it looks good on the surface, to them, that’s enough.”
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Source: USA Today