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Meryl Streep Responds to Rose McGowan: 'It Hurt to Be Attacked By Rose'

Meryl Streep Responds to Rose McGowan: 'It Hurt to Be Attacked By Rose'

Meryl Streep is speaking out to respond to Rose McGowan, who blasted the Oscar-winning actress for “hypocrisy” amid the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

McGowan seems to believe that Meryl, and other actresses who worked with Weinstein, knew about his alleged crimes and behavior. She called them hypocrites for planning on wearing black to the upcoming Golden Globes as a sign of a silent protest.

“Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @goldenglobes in a silent protest. YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real chance. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa,” Rose wrote in a deleted tweet.

Meryl wrote a lengthy statement, which was sent to the Huffington Post.

“It hurt to be attacked by Rose McGowan in banner headlines this weekend, but I want to let her know I did not know about Weinstein‘s crimes, not in the 90s when he attacked her, or through subsequent decades when he proceeded to attack others,” Meryl said. “I wasn’t deliberately silent. I didn’t know. I don’t tacitly approve of rape. I didn’t know. I don’t like young women being assaulted. I didn’t know this was happening.”

Click inside to read more of Meryl’s statement…

Rose assumed and broadcast something untrue about me, and I wanted to let her know the truth. Through friends who know her, I got my home phone number to her the minute I read the headlines. I sat by that phone all day yesterday and this morning, hoping to express both my deep respect for her and others’ bravery in exposing the monsters among us, and my sympathy for the untold, ongoing pain she suffers. No one can bring back what entitled bosses like Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes, and HW took from the women who endured attacks on their bodies and their ability to make a living.. And I hoped that she would give me a hearing. She did not, but I hope she reads this,” she said.

“I am truly sorry she sees me as an adversary, because we are both, together with all the women in our business, standing in defiance of the same implacable foe: a status quo that wants so badly to return to the bad old days, the old ways where women were used, abused and refused entry into the decision-making, top levels of the industry. That’s where the cover-ups convene. Those rooms must be disinfected, and integrated, before anything even begins to change,” Meryl added.

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  • Ram

    I don’t doubt at all Meryl knew. She wouldn’t have ‘deigned’ to issue a statement right now if she wasn’t out promoting The Post.

  • Kelley

    meryl supported a child rapist, roman polanski she is no ally she is garbage

  • Blonbb469

    The manner in which you continue to deflect from the actual problem and place blame on people (other women) who had NOTHING to do with the crime WHATSOEVER is comparable to the actual crime of assault and abuse that was committed. Speculating and blaming AGAIN other women (who are 100% in favor of and working to eliminate the problem) only takes focus away from the criminals, virtually enabling them. These are Trumpian tactics at it’s worst, laughable and in a twisted way, self serving.

  • Feddupp

    The Golden Globes are just another silly awards show… I stopped watching a long time ago, it’s boring and they’re all a bunch of fake arse bitches, panting away, acting SO surprised they’ve won.

  • cafeast

    They get drunk easily (b/c they don’t eat anything / only drink / so they won’t snap their spanx and boy-spanx) and then slurrrrr their words and throughly embarrass themselves. Drunk ppl are embarrassing and stupid and I love it.
    The only award shows that matters.
    Can you imagine the nonsensical self-aggradizing bullshit Angelina will deliver, looking like a bag of bones, when she with great difficulty climbs up on that stage, accept the retarded award she can’t even carry b/c she is sooooo weak, thin, and fragile?
    It will be fantastic like a fucking pile of shit painted with spray gold.

  • cafeast

    Yeah you are not that good of an actress, hag. Sit your saggy ass down. We all knew you knew. He was good at buying you retards your awards so you looked the other way.

  • Trixie

    Who put Rose McGowan in charge of everyone’s response to the harassment and rape accusations? If feminism is about giving women the power to make choices, McGowan seems to be taking away women’s power to choose how they address this situation.

  • Mercyneal

    Um, Meryl led a standing ovation for Roman Polanski. She has defended him to the hilt. That’s all you need to know.

  • Mercyneal

    Nonsense. Streep led a standing ovation for Polanski. Do your homework before commenting

  • Mercyneal

    Shame on your ugly hateful comment

  • tom

    She also didn’t know Roman Polansky was a rapist

  • 777

    You wanna make a real protest? Don’t show up for these ceremonies.
    Seriously, no one cares what color they are wearing, but if every actress in Hollywood decides to not show up to any award show, NOW that is a protest that will make noise.

  • cafeast

    I feel so much shame…

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  • LittlePaperStars

    And Rose worked with a Victor Salva.

  • MyName

    No, they should be there. They’ve earned it and sitting at home does nothing but hide away. The color does matter now because the reason is known.

  • MyName

    Most of the industry sadly didn’t care about that. He’s been honored by them time and time again.

  • MyName

    People began taking notice when more and more men joined the ranks and began speaking out.

  • MyName

    Don’t bother with that troll. Too many have tried to engage the poster but he/she prefers online games. I blocked the person.

  • 777

    It’s not about deserving to be there, it’s about showing the world and their own business just how sad it looks without them and that they should start giving them the respect they deserve.
    Trust me, wearing black won’t have any effect on anything.

  • MyName

    It is about deserving to be there. They shouldn’t have to miss out on a work celebration and being honored. The others don’t care whether they’re there or not. They’re used to having things all to themselves. Wearing black may or may not make a difference but it’s doing something. The word is out and it will show how many take part.

  • 777

    It’s not about deserving to be there. The second they all decide to not go, it will make the actual ceremony irrelevant. Trust me, no one in. Hollywood cares what they’re wearing, if anything, it will show them the women won’t do a real protest. Just like how they were silent all those years.

  • MyName

    It is about deserving to be there. They are part of the industry and some will be honored at the ceremony.
    What they wear does matter. There are critics who discuss it and some people only watch to see the red carpet arrivals.
    Staying home will be a silent protest. Showing up means that they aren’t staying quiet. If you personally dislike their chosen protest then you don’t have to take part and watch. They get to choose for themselves, everyone does.

  • 777

    Lol, staying home will be a silent protest?! You couldn’t be any more wrong. Staying home is the loudest protest they could possibly make. Wearing a black dress means nothing. Boycotting the events means they won’t stand for this crap anymore. If you honestly believe that all the women of Hollywood boycotting the awards season is a silent protest, you’re beyond clueless.

    One other thing, they have been demanding for years that reporters will stop asking them about their dresses. They want to be asked the same questions as the men (rightfully so). What kind of message are you sending to the world by choosing to “protest” by wearing black? That all you are good for in these events is who you wear and how you look?

  • MyName

    Yes, staying away means one isn’t there for their voice to be heard.
    A sea of black will make a statement because the world knows why they’re wearing black. It’s similar to those colored ribbons for various causes. Each one stands for something and the public knows what it is just by seeing it. Out of sight too often means out of mind. Staying home means they would just show who was there. Not every woman or man would stay home nor should so you are the clueless one.

    There’s a difference between objectifying someone by their outfit and noticing the color of it. People wouldn’t even complain about the fashion talk if it was complimentary. The rude and crude remarks treating them like objects was what was wrong.

    It isn’t all or nothing. People dress to make themselves feel good. Being told you look nice isn’t necessarily a crime. It becomes wrong when the person is made to feel uncomfortable or creepy about it.
    Feeling pretty doesn’t mean you want to be harassed and don’t care that others have been.