McGowan has accused Streep and other actresses of “hypocrisy” for allegedly planning a “silent protest” at the Golden Globes.
According to People, more than 30 actresses – rumoured to include Meryl Streep, Emma Stone and Jessica Chastain – will wear black at the Golden Globes in January, in a sartorial protest against sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood. Writing on Twitter, however, McGowan attacked Streep for what she said was “hypocrisy”.
“Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @GoldenGlobes in a silent protest,” she said.
“YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly and affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa.”
McGowan later deleted the tweet, but not before it had been picked up by several news outlets.
McGowan has been a leading voice in the #MeToo movement, and often refers to Harvey Weinstein –the disgraced producer who she has accused of raping her – as the “pig monster” on social media. (He denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.) Marchesa is the label co-founded by Weinstein’s estranged wife, Georgina Chapman.
It has not been confirmed whether Streep was planning on taking part in the ‘silent protest’ at the Globes. She worked with Weinstein on several films over the years including The Iron Lady and August: Osage County, but has said that she was unaware of his alleged abusive treatment of women.
Earlier this month, Streep announced that she was working with other actresses to tackle the problem of sexual misconduct in Hollywood. Speaking at a women’s conference in the US, she said that Weinstein was “the most gargantuan example of a kind of disrespect that permeates every industry”.
However, McGowan rejected this description on Twitter, telling Streep: “No, Meryl, IT’S A F***ING CRIME. You are such a lie.”
McGowan isn’t the only person to question whether wearing black at an awards ceremony is the most effective way for actresses to protest sexual misconduct.
Many women – including Streep – regularly wear black on the red carpet, leading some to argue that the “silent protest” at the Golden Globes will not be particularly striking.
“THAT would be a statement.”
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