Rose McGowan has long been a crusader for women, especially woman in the spotlight. Back in 2015, after calling out sexist industry standards in a series of tweets, McGowan was largely blacklisted from Tinsel Town. But did that stop her from speaking out? Not one bit. McGowan bravely revealed in 2016 that she had been raped by a Hollywood executive, which gave some much needed attention once again to the way Hollywood treats women. When the news broke about Harvey Weinstein, McGowan was listed as one of the victims of his nearly three decade long history of sexually assaulting women.
Needless to say, since the news broke, McGowan has been active on Twitter, thanking her supporters, dismissing Lindsay Lohan for defending Weinstein, and calling out men in Hollywood for their similar behavior. Specifically, McGowan called out Ben Affleck; first because he wrote a lengthy statement condemning Weinstein but never did the same for his brother, Casey Affleck, who was also accused of sexual assault.
Ben Affleck fuck off
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 10, 2017
Then, she went after Ben for his own behavior, which he apologized for in a one sentence long tweet that was…well, it was lackluster.
I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) October 11, 2017
And with all of the sh-tty people on Twitter, you’d never expect for this to happen as a result of Rose’s decision to speak out:
McGowan posted this photo to her Instagram with the caption: “TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME. THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE. #ROSEARMY #whywomendontreport”
It looks like McGowan was suspended from using Twitter for 12 hours, but even though this is not a permanent situation, it speaks volumes. Many users, including a few celebs, were appalled with Twitter’s decision:
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) October 12, 2017
Twitter! Unblock @rosemcgowan !
— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) October 12, 2017
And now THIS? You allow Twitter freedom to our president but you silence a woman speaking out about sexual harassment? @rosemcgowan
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) October 12, 2017
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) October 12, 2017
Men on Twitter: Cunt! Slut! I'll rape you! Die!
Twitter: "There's nothing we can do"
Rose McGowan: Men are trash
Twitter: "SHUT IT DOWN"
— Danielle Campoamor (@DCampoamor) October 12, 2017
— (((Jeff Tiedrich))) (@jefftiedrich) October 12, 2017
Honestly, there’s not much more to say here without getting me started on a rant worthy of its own zip code. I will say this: It is disheartening that a woman can find her voice to speak out, only to have it cut off by a platform that gives her space to do so. We’re with you, Rose, and can’t wait for you to get back to sharing your voice.
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