When Meryl Streep heard the news about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged decades of creep terror, her wacky glasses damn near dropped off her face from the shock. Meryl claimed she knew nothing about Harvey’s “reputation,” but that she was disgusted nonetheless. Later she referred to what he allegedly did as a “gargantuan example of disrespect.”
That last word – disrespect – really rubbed Rose McGowan the wrong way. Rose hissed at Meryl that it’s not disrespect, it’s a crime, and proceeded to call Meryl “a lie.” Rose came for Meryl again last weekend after it was reported that some actresses will be silently protesting Hollywood’s sexual harassment problem by wearing black to the Golden Globes. Rose accused Meryl of putting the silent in silent protest while happily collecting awards from the industry. Meryl is calling bullshit on Rose’s comments.
According to Meryl, she tried to make things right by providing Rose with her personal telephone number, but Rose hasn’t called her. And so Meryl had to release a public statement to The Huffington Post via her publicist. Meryl swears she’s telling the truth when she says she knew nothing of the bathrobe massage monster at The Weinstein Company. Here is Meryl’s statement in full:
“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.
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. I don’t know where Harvey lives, nor has he ever been to my home. I have never in my life been invited to his hotel room. I have been to his office once, for a meeting with Wes Craven for Music of the Heart in 1998.
HW distributed movies I made with other people. HW was not a filmmaker; he was often a producer, primarily a marketer of films made by other people – some of them great, some not great. But not every actor, actress, and director who made films that HW distributed knew he abused women, or that he raped Rose in the 90s, other women before and others after, until they told us. We did not know that women’s silence was purchased by him and his enablers. HW needed us not to know this, because our association with him bought him credibility, an ability to lure young, aspiring women into circumstances where they would be hurt.
He needed me much more than I needed him and he made sure I didn’t know. Apparently he hired ex Mossad operators to protect this information from becoming public. Rose and the scores of other victims of these powerful, moneyed, ruthless men face an adversary for whom winning, at any and all costs, is the only acceptable outcome. That’s why a legal defense fund for victims is currently being assembled to which hundreds of good hearted people in our business will contribute, to bring down the bastards, and help victims fight this scourge within.
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.
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 is probably about to receive a text from Dustin Hoffman, like “Hey, while your publicist still has her typewriter out, you mind asking her to write up another statement for me? I sure could use an A-list denial right about now.”
Rose has since deleted some of her more scathing tweets about Meryl. But that doesn’t mean she’s done. After Meryl’s statement was released, Rose side-eyed Meryl’s claim about reaching out to her first, and implied Meryl might be a wolf in Oscar-winning sheep’s clothing. She approved of these two tweets about the situation:
Before writing her statement, Streep said that she tried to reach McGowan through friends of the actor, giving them her home phone number so that that she could "let her know the truth."
the woman doth protest too much — lies, scrambling. #metoo.
— RAYMI THE MINX (@raymitheminx) December 19, 2017
I think it’s very, very important to remember that there are lots of ‘wolfs in sheeps clothing’ shuffling about that we think are in the good fight but are just BSing. @rosemcgowan is the only person to dare examine that. That’s fucking brave.
— April Washko ✨ (@aprilwashko) December 19, 2017
I do believe Meryl when she says she never heard anything. Meryl’s ears have spent decades being conditioned to only hearing people gush about how she’s the greatest actress in the world. I bet if she took a hearing test, the only sounds she’d be able to correctly recognize are the words “Meryl,” “magnificent performance,” and loud applause.