When the #MeToo movement kicked off in 2017 after numerous sexual assault allegations were made against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, actress Rose McGowan was one of the first in Hollywood to speak out. Today she’s seen as one of the leading actresses in the movement. But it looks like McGowan doesn’t love the direction that the movement is heading towards. In an interview with the British Sunday Times, she opens up about her feelings towards #MeToo and even calls its efforts “bullsh-t” and “a lie.”
“I just think they’re douchebags, “ McGowan said in the interview referring to other #MeToo supporters. “They’re not champions. I just think they’re losers. I don’t like them. How do I explain the fact that I got a GQ Man of the year Award and no women’s magazines and no women’s organizations have supported me?”
But her trashing of the #MeToo movement didn’t end there. McGowan went on to tell the Times how she hasn’t been invited to “MeToo campaign lunches or survivors’ brunches.”
“And I don’t want to go, because it’s all bullsh—t,” she said. “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 as long as it looks good on the surface, to them, that’s enough.”
This of course, lead to a shit ton of backlash on Twitter that’s forced McGowan to clarify her comments. She has claimed that the Sunday Times magazine actually completely misrepresented what she was trying to say.
“I never said #MeToo is a lie. EVER,” she tweeted. “I was talking about Hollywood and Times’Up, not #MeToo. She then added: “Ugh, I’m so tired of erroneous (expletive). #MeToo is about survivors and their experiences, that cannot be taken away.”
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 8, 2018
While McGowan tries to make up her mind about how she really feels about the #MeToo movement, here’s the bigger issue here. An interview like this from someone who has been basically working at the forefront of the #MeToo movement, takes away from the bigger picture. It discredits a movement that is so crucial for women right now. While one could argue that McGowan apologized and claims she wasn’t actually talking about the movement itself but Hollywood’s treatment of it, she has discredited others involved in the movement such as Alyssa Milano, Meryl Streep and even Asia Argento, who was recently accused of sexually assaulting actor Jimmy Bennet when he was a teenager. She has referred to them all as “lies” and while people are consuming this information it takes away from the work people like Dr. Christine Blasey Ford have done.
Let’s not for a second forget Dr. Ford’s testimony now that Brett Kavanaugh has officially been confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice. This is not a time to be giving up on the movement or trying to discredit women who are part of it and it’s definitely not a time to not be believing women—survivors especially.
While I’m sure there are flaws in the movement as there is with practically every movement, discrediting it so publicly only does what white Republican men like Trump and Kavanaugh want—for women to stop participating and believing in the movement all together. What Dr. Ford did was not in vain and it honestly wasn’t even just for herself. It was representing and speaking on behalf of all women who have been victims of sexual assault and have felt like they didn’t have a voice or a platform to speak on. It was what she refers to as her “civic duty” to let the country—the world—know about this man who will now have power over laws passed regarding women’s rights.
In times like these, women need one another’s support. This is not a time to be picking holes at the movement and tearing it apart. This is not a time to be caught up in our egos—yes, McGowan I’m talking about you. Kavanaugh is now a supreme justice and we are living in hard and desperate times right now. We can’t afford to lose our faith in this movement, our unity as women and our focus in dismantling the patriarch that has always been so very dedicated to setting us back.