One of Hollywood’s most outspoken voices against sexual abuse is skeptical that the system can be changed from within.
As far as Rose McGowan is concerned, her continued existence is nothing short of miraculous.
“Do you understand what I’ve been through for 20 years?” McGowan said, steel-jawed, at a Television Critics Association press appearance for her upcoming E! docuseries, Citizen Rose. “Do you understand that my sitting here is a miracle? I have fought. I have clawed. I have scraped. And I have done it strategically, so I could arrive at this moment.”
After years of tumultuous treatment by the entertainment industry, McGowan was one of the first public names to come forward against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein when the allegations became public last October. (Though she initially thought she had signed a nondisclosure agreement barring her from speaking out in specifics, McGowan told the TCA press that she was, much to her own frustration and shock, misinformed.) Though McGowan had already become one of the more unfiltered voices in Hollywood by that time, the bombshell report lent her an elevated platform, which she is now using in order to produce Citizen Rose “on a global scale.”
But McGowan’s place in the burgeoning movement to expel sexual harassers and abusers from their respective industries has not been without complications. Before the Golden Globes, McGowan railed hard against Meryl Streep and the widespread planned action of wearing black in protest, insisting in a since-deleted tweet that “YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change.” (Streep has denied any knowledge of Weinstein’s alleged crimes.)