Rose McGowan hit out at Meryl Streep on Friday, after the Academy Award-winning actress characterized the Harvey Weinstein accusations as simply ‘disrespectful’.
Weinsten, a longtime collaborator of Streep’s, was fired from his own company in October when dozens of women came forward with frightening stories of being sexually harassed or assaulted by the menacing producer.
Streep spoke about Weinstein, and the other sexual harassment scandals gripping Hollywood, at the Massachusetts Conference for Women on Thursday.
Rose McGowan criticized Meryl Streep on Friday for only calling the accusations against Harvey Weinstein ‘disrespectful’
‘No, Meryl, IT’S A F****** CRIME,’ McGowan tweeted on Friday, a day after Streep made her comments at the Massachusetts Conference for Women
She called the allegations against Weinstein ‘the most gargantuan example of disrespect’ permeating every industry.
McGowan appeared to take issue with Streep’s language, saying in a tweet on Friday that it should have been stronger.
‘No Meryl, IT’S A F****** CRIME. You are such a lie # ROSEARMY,’ McGowan said.
This isn’t the first time that McGowan has criticized actresses for their response to the Weinstein scandal.
Weinstien was brought down on October 5, when the New York Times published a piece about how he had paid to keep sexual harassment allegations quiet for years.
He was fired from The Weinstein Co. three days later.
In the aftermath of the first Times article, many actresses started speaking out about the allegations against Weinstein, standing by the victims like McGowan who were brave enough to come forward and tell their stories.
When the allegations against Weinstein first came to light on October 5, Streep did not immediately issue a statement. But she did comment a day after he was fired from his company a few days later
A day after the first exposé on Weinstein was published, McGowan called out actresses that were staying quiet
A day after the Times story was published, McGowan tweeted that she was disappointed in the silence from actresses who had worked with Weinstein.
‘Ladies of Hollywood, your silence is deafening,’ McGowan wrote.
Streep, who has worked with Weinstein on several films, was among the actresses who stayed silent right after the first Times story was published.
But she did finally issue a statement a day after Weinstein was fired, saying she had no idea about his years of sexual misconduct.
‘The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported. The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes,’ she told the Huffington Post in a statement.
‘One thing can be clarified. Not everybody knew. Harvey supported the work fiercely, was exasperating but respectful with me in our working relationship, and with many others with whom he worked professionally. I didn’t know about these other offenses: I did not know about his financial settlements with actresses and colleagues; I did not know about his having meetings in his hotel room, his bathroom, or other inappropriate, coercive acts,’ she added.
But it isn’t just McGowan calling out Hollywood for its enabling of predators like Weinstein.
DailyMail.com Editor-at-Large Piers Morgan pointed out in October that while Streep had spoken out against Weinstien in the aftermath of his firing, she hadn’t had the same reaction in the past to other abusers.
When convicted child rapist Roman Polanski won the Academy Award for best director in 2003, Streep was one of the first to rise to her feet and give him a round of applause.
After Streep’s latest comments on Thursday, Morgan criticized her again.
He tweeted out a USA Today story that included a quote from Streep’s talk. Streep said of the ‘Me too’ movement: ‘I can’t help thinking it’s just a door that’s opening to a better world.’
Morgan responded: ‘One in which you continue to give Roman Polanski standing ovations?
DailyMail.com Editor-at-Large Piers Morgan thought Streep’s recent statements were hypocritical, given that she supported Roman Polanski, a convicted rapist, by standing up and applauding when he won the Oscar for best director in 2003