The "Scream" actress spoke at the Women's Convention in Detroit on Friday, making her first appearance since the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal broke earlier this month. McGowan reportedly settled with the mogul for $100,000 in 1997, after an incident in a hotel room at Sundance Film Festival. She later tweeted "HW raped me."
During her speech, McGowan spoke about the #MeToo hashtag after its creator, Tarana Burke, introduced the actress.
"Thank you for all of the strong, powerful 'Me Toos' because we all because we are all 'Me Too' and thank you Tarana for giving us two words and a hashtag that freed us," McGowan said. "I have been silenced for 20 years. I have been slut shamed. I have been harassed. I have been maligned and you know what? I'm just like you. Because what happened to me behind the scenes happens to all of us in society and it cannot stand and it will not stand."
"No more will we be hurt. It's time to be whole, it's time to rise. It's time to be brave in the face of unspeakable actions," she continued. "From one monster we look away to another, the head monster of all right now. And they are the same and they must die. The paradigm must be subverted."
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Addressing the #RoseArmy hashtag, she explained that it's about so much more than herself. "It is about all of us being roses in our own life. Not me, the actual flower, because we have thorns and thorns carry justice and our thorns carry consequence," she explained.
"I came to be a voice for all of us who were told we are nothing, for all of us who have been looked down on, for all of us who have been grabbed by the motherf-cking pussy," she said. "No more. Name it. Shame it. Call it out. Join me. Join all of us as we amplify each other's voices and we do what is right for us and for our sisters and our planet, Mother Earth."
"There are so many women that inspire me on a daily basis and if I can be one ounce of that at any moment in time for any of you, I send you all the strength that I have. Hollywood may seem like its an isolated thing, but it is not," McGowan went on. "It is the mirror that you are given to look into. This is what you are as a woman, this is what you are a man, but it's all told through 96% males in the Directors Guild of America. That statistic has not changed since 1946. We are given one view and I know the men behind that that view and they should not be in your mind and they should not be in mine. It's time to clean the house."
"It is not our shame. The scarlet letter is theirs. It is not ours," she shouted. "We are pure, we are brave and we will fight. Pussies grab back. Women grab back. We speak. We yell. We march. We are here. We will not go away. My name is Rose McGowan and I am brave and I am you."