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Rose McGowan accuses Meryl Streep of “hypocrisy” for planning to wear black to Golden Globes

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McGowan has accused Streep and other actresses of “hypocrisy” for allegedly planning a “silent protest” at the Golden Globes. 

Rose McGowan has singled out Meryl Streep for criticism after it was reported that a group of actresses were planning to stage a ‘silent protest’ against sexual abuse 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.

Meryl Streep and Harvey Weinstein in 1997. The actress has said she was unaware of the producer’s alleged abusive behaviour

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.

“You know what would REALLY be a protest? Not going,” activist April Reign, who started the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite in 2015, wrote on Twitter. “No women on the red carpet as far as the eye can see.

“THAT would be a statement.”

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Moya is Women’s Editor at stylist.co.uk, where she is currently overseeing the Visible Women campaign. As well as writing about inspiring women and feminism, she also covers subjects including careers, podcasts and politics. Carrying a tiny bottle of hot sauce on her person at all times is one of the many traits she shares with both Beyoncé and Hillary Clinton.

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