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Actress Rose McGowan, who was among the first to accuse disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of rape, was less than impressed when she learned a number of actresses — including Academy Award winner Meryl Streep — intended to make a stand against sexual assault by wearing black gowns at the upcoming Golden Globes on Jan. 7.
McGowan made her frustration clear in a now-deleted tweet:
Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @GoldenGlobes in a silent protest. YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa.
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) December 16, 2017
Marchesa, the line designed by Weinstein's wife, was often allegedly pushed on actresses who were working for Weinstein or appearing in films he had produced.
Streep responded, according to Deadline, saying she only meant to stand with those women who had been hurt:
“It hurt to be attacked by Rose McGowan in banner headlines this weekend, but I want to let her know I did not know about Weinstein's crimes, not in the 90s when he attacked her, or through subsequent decades when he proceeded to attack others.”
McGowan later dialed back her own response, deleting her first tweet and adding:
The Marchesa line was beneath me and I’m sorry for that. Seeing that picture of Alyssa Milano with GC has ignited something in me that I can’t quite articulate. There is no map for this road I’m on, I will fuck up. Peace be with you, go with Goddess.
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) December 18, 2017
But if McGowan hit the brakes, Bill Clinton accuser Juanita Broaddrick grabbed the wheel and punched the gas:
If this is truly how you feel about sexual predators, Meryl, do you still support your standing ovation for Roman Polanski?
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— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) December 19, 2017
Streep has no such possible out for her open support of director Roman Polanski — he has been living in exile for decades since pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse in 1977. He learned the plea was going to be thrown out, and he fled the United States.
Streep gave Polanski a standing ovation when he won Best Director for “The Pianist” in 2003:
Streep has yet to offer a response to Broaddrick.
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