Earlier today, Twitter closed Rose McGowan’s (actor, director, producer) account. She’s a sane, accomplished veteran of the movie industry, why silence her?
Rose McGowan was one of the first people to make bold public statements and gestures regarding the brutal misogyny in the film industry. Her frustration, anger, and disbelief moved her to do what so many other women in entertainment have not done. McGowan spoke out. She still speaks out. She names names, identifies who did what, and publicizes the negative consequences of their actions. Rose McGowan has been holding the torch for women in Hollywood for years; sure, she’s an activist and a thorn in some people’s sides, but why go after her now?
McGowan has made lambasting Harvey Weinstein part of her career as an activist. Prior to last week, the accounts she related to media sources were reported, but with a bit of skepticism. If no one else was saying what she was, why assume she was saying the absolute truth? Maybe she just had an axe to grind?
She did and does have an axe to grind. It’s the same one she’s been honing for years. The difference between now and then is that her stories are being corroborated left and right. Her voice has helped other women who had endured sexual assault years ago to come forward, as well as women who suffered being Weinsteined more recently. Rose McGowan’s record of interviews and social media posts have created one of the Weinstein camp’s worst nightmares. She created a very, very long timeline that has to be accounted for by Harvey as well as the cascade of enablers working for or with him.
I looked at what the terms of twitter misconduct are. If you’d like to check it out, click here: https://support.twitter.com/articles/18311
McGowan hasn’t violated any of them. I’m a lawyer. I know things.
The only public figure to blatantly disregard these rules is, of course, Donald Trump.
Twitter has shown its colors. Rose McGowan got shut down; Trump got 140 more characters.
What else has to be outed before the public will acknowledge that there is big business in burying the misdeeds of male power-brokers by keeping women, the people on whom they prey, silent?
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