A clash between Hollywood actresses began to brew over the weekend after Rose McGowan criticized celebrities planning to wear black to the Golden Globes in protest of sexual assault.
McGowan tweeted her thoughts on the silent demonstration, asserting that some of the actors who have vowed to participate — such as Meryl Streep — are being hypocritical because they worked with the “pig monster” Harvey Weinstein whose sexual misconduct allegations became the catalyst to many other Hollywood men being exposed as predators.
“Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @GoldenGlobes in a silent protest,” McGowan said in the since-deleted tweet, referring to Weinstein.
“YOUR SILENCE is THE problem,” she continued. “You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy.”
She took her jabs even further by suggesting, “Maybe you should all wear Marchesa,” which refers to the fashion line of Weinstein’s estranged wife, Georgina Chapman.
Fellow actress Amber Tamblyn hit back at McGowan, who she said she considers a friend, to condemn her for “shaming” and “taunting” women who are trying to incite change.
THREAD: Rose McGowan is a friend and while I support her kind of movement, I do not support any woman (or man) shaming or taunting the movements of other women who are trying to create change. Telling us to all wear Marchesa? This is beneath you, Rose.— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) December 17, 2017
“Rose McGowan is a friend and while I support her kind of movement, I do not support any woman (or man) shaming or taunting the movements of other women who are trying to create change,” Tamblyn tweeted. “Telling us to all wear Marchesa? This is beneath you, Rose.”
She added: “You don’t have to support and stand with us, but we stand and support you. You may take below the belt shots at us but we will not take them at you in return.”
Tamblyn went on to explain the objective behind the demonstration, noting that the black is intended to represent the darkness that sexual assault victims feel.
“We stand together in this fight, shoulder to shoulder, weapon to weapon, woman to woman (and man), body to burned body. And our arms are open. And our hearts two fold. And our fire will be a universal scorch,” Tamblyn wrote.
The debacle didn’t end there, however. Tamblyn’s tweet prompted McGowan’s former costar, Holly Marie Combs, to jump into the fray and defend her by calling Tamblyn out for publicly shaming McGowan rather than addressing it with her directly.
“You just did to @rosemcgowan what you claim you don’t support her doing to others. Every activist for every cause the world over has different methods but share a common and more important message that should remain the same,” Combs reportedly tweeted. “And undiluted above all else.”
Tamblyn fired back, yet again, clarifying that she had spoken to McGowan privately but also shared her perspective publicly to counter the tweets McGowan had posted.
“Her statement was public and hurtful to some women so a public response was earned,” Tamblyn said. “I spoke to her at length today, she knows how I feel. I love Rose fiercely, that will never change. To be critical of an action is not to condemn the person behind it. There’s your common message.”
The sexual harassment problem in Hollywood very clearly runs deep and is a sensitive subject to many. However, as emotions run high, it's important for those working toward the same causes to present a united front against the predators. Otherwise, the movement unravels, and once again, the power is back in the hands of the attackers.
Not everyone has to agree on how to best navigate through these difficult spaces, but igniting feuds among one another will only hinder the change we are all striving for.
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