If you see everyone around you as your enemy, pretty soon, your perception will become reality.
That is what Rose McGowen is experiencing right now. As Rose lashes out at “fake” Hollywood activism, she is now taking aim at the #MeToo movement.
She’s skewering friends and allies and saying that #MeToo is just a bunch of lies.
In a no-holds-barred interview with The Sunday Times, Rose McGowan puts #MeToo on blast. And she doesn’t mince words about her “friends,” either.
“It’s all bulls–t,” Rose says dismissively.
When it comes to Hollywood’s activism against the pervasive issue of sexual assault, she says: “It’s a lie.”
“They’re not champions” of anything, Rose claims.
As Rose sees the #MeToo movement, “It’s a Band-Aid lie to make them feel better.”
“I know these people,” Rose reminds readers.
“I know they’re lily-livered,” Rose continues. “And as long as it looks good on the surface, to them, that’s enough.”
(Not to distract from this very serious topic and her criticisms, but … we haven’t heard anyone in real life unironically say lily-livered since … ever)
Rose continues to disparage the most outspoken voices of #MeToo and #TimesUp.
“I just think they’re losers,” Rose says.
Rose McGowan was one of the first to come forward, publicly, about Harvey Weinstein.
Even before that, she told the world that she had been sexually assaulted by a then-unnamed Hollywood executive.
Rose also accused others of having known, even though public figures such as Meryl Streep assured her that she didn’t know about Weinstein.
Well, Rose isn’t buying Meryl’s denial.
Rose claims that it is “literally impossible” for Meryl to have not known about Weinstein’s crimes.
That sounds a little hypocritical from the woman who’s just recently tried to distance herself from Asia Argento.
Not everyone knows what their friends are up to.
Rose even sides with Trump supporters, of all people, on one issue — Hollywood.
“They hate Hollywood for being faux liberals,” Rose says. “And they’re 100 percent right about that.”
(Just a quick point of order — we somehow doubt that Trump’s crowd has issues with Hollywood being inauthentic liberals)
“It’s a bunch of faux liberals,” Rose continues. “It’s crap, and they know it is deep down.”
“But they’re living an empty life, and to me that’s their punishment,” Rose says. “They get to live the lives they live.”
Plenty of people would happily trade authenticity for glamor and millions.
Rose also discussed Alyssa Milano in a Nightline interview.
Once upon a time, the two of them were co-stars on Charmed. And Alyssa has been an outspoken participant in #MeToo and #TimesUp.
“I don’t like her,” Rose said simply.
She explains — sort of — why she’s eager to throw her former co-star and fellow activist under the proverbial bus.
Rose explained: “Because I think she’s a lie.”
“Do you think I don’t know these people?” Rose said. “Do the math.”
She is referring to Alyssa’s husband, Hollywood agent David Bugliari.
“Who’s behind Time’s Up? CAA,” Rose said. “Where do they meet? CAA?”
“Who needs good PR? CAA,” Rose continued. “Who are part of the pimp problem? CAA.”
She seems to be portraying Alyssa’s activism — perhaps everyone’s activism — as a front to avoid truly addressing the issues.
Alyssa Milano responded to Rose’s hurtful words.
“I am and always have been completely supportive of Rose and admire her bravery and speaking out about her experiences,” Alyssa said.
“My goal throughout the past few months with both #MeToo and the TimesUp movement,” she explained. “Has been to use my platform to give others a voice.”
Alyssa concluded that she does this “so we can all work together to stamp out sexual harassment and sexual assault.”
Rose McGowan is such a complicated person. You feel sympathy for the horrors that she endured, but she sometimes seems to find unfair targets in her zeal.
We don’t mean that she falsely accuses people of sexual assault — but that some perceive her as being too quick to point the finger at alleged conspirators.
As we said about Meryl and about Rose herself where Asia Argento is concerned, not everyone knows what their friends are up to.
The #MeToo movement has made tremendous strides in changing the culture in America from one that automatically blames victims of sexual assault.
Many people — especially privileged men — have had their eyes opened by hearing about the horrors that go on that they never personally experience.
It’s Rose’s right to think that it’s not enough. But it may be unfair to question the motives of the courageous women who are leading the charge.