Actress-turned-activist says she was talking "about Hollywood and Time’s Up" when she said, "It's all bullshit. It's a lie."
The former actress, who has been one of the most outspoken women in the movement after coming forward with a rape allegation against Harvey Weinstein, released two videos Monday morning to offer "clarification" on the U.K.'s Sunday Times Magazine profile titled, "Rose McGowan, the actress who exposed Harvey Weinstein, on why #MeToo is a lie."
"Hi everybody. I’m just here to say that #MeToo is important. It’s honest, and it’s our experience. It is not a lie," she said. "For some reason there are people in the media that will try to bring it down, but I say stand strong. Again, it’s simply our shared experience. That is what #MeToo is and it’s beautiful, as are we."
Before that, she sent out a tweet denying the quote.
I never said #MeToo is a lie. Ever. I was talking about Hollywood and Time’s Up, not #MeToo. Ugh. I’m so tired of erroneous sh*tstorms. #MeToo is about survivors and their experiences, that cannot be taken away.— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 7, 2018
The portion of the article in question:
She swears she will never act again, either, and the kamikaze freedom this affords her to speak her mind is one denied other women in the industry. That would be the sympathetic explanation for the conspicuous absence of solidarity they’ve displayed towards McGowan — despite purporting to champion #MeToo— but it is not hers.
“I just think they’re douchebags. They’re not champions. I just think they’re losers. I don’t like them. How do I explain the fact that I got a GQ Man of the Year award and no women’s magazines and no women’s organisations have supported me?” She has been invited to none of the #MeToo campaign lunches or survivors’ brunches: “And I don’t want to go, because it’s all bullshit. It’s a lie. It’s a Band-Aid lie to make them feel better. I know these people, I know they’re lily-livered, and as long as it looks good on the surface, to them, that’s enough.”
Elsewhere in the latest profile of the "Brave" author, she took another shot at Meryl Streep, saying it was "literally impossible" the screen icon did not know about Weinstein's bad behavior, which the disgraced producer has steadily denied.
"Oh yeah, I'm meant to say 'In my opinion' first," McGowan clarified. "I also think, in my opinion, that his victims are probably in the thousands. Someone with his appetite, I would predict hundreds wouldn’t cover it. He had places set up everywhere he did business."
She also took issue with Vogue printing Weinstein's estranged wife, Georgina Chapman, denying that she knew anything about his pattern of sexual assault, misconduct and harassment. "I think American Vogue is disgusting. They should be embarrassed and they should be ashamed."
A few other gems:
Would she run for public office?
"Yes. And I would run as a Republican. Just to f--k it up. Just to blow people’s minds."
Would she forgive men accused or guilty of sexual misconduct?
"F--k it. F--k your forgiveness. No moving on, not if they’re still doing it. What are you moving on from? That’s part of the older generation doing that same bullshit. You know what? Don’t put your timeline on me. Don’t put your timeline on other victims. It’s a way of shutting people up. It’s expected of us to be feminine and gracious, but they haven’t been gracious with us. Forgiveness? Maybe when I’m 80. If I feel like it."
What kind of justice does she want for Weinstein's alleged crimes?
"Life. Life in prison for all the lives he stole. And maybe then I’ll have forgiveness, but not until then."
What does she think of celebrity life coach Tony Robbins telling a live audience that "anger is not empowerment"?
"Well, Tony, why don’t you bend over and take it up the ass, and then you can tell me about your victimhood, okay? When someone does that without asking. Why don’t you tell me about victimhood, because you are a very rich white male, and I suspect you have never had victimhood, not in that way."