Just over a year ago, actress Rose McGowan became one of the first women to publicly accuse movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. In the 12 months since, McGowan has established a spot for herself at the forefront of Hollywood’s #MeToo movement, with her outspoken, and at times controversial, voice leading what is now a historic reckoning sweeping the industry.
But it appears McGowan, 45, has grown disenchanted with Hollywood’s war against sexual abusers. In a lengthy interview with the British Sunday Times Magazine, the actress-turned-activist eviscerated the entertainment industry and movements such as Time’s Up, calling the efforts “bullsh-t” and “a lie.”
“I just think they’re douchebags,” McGowan said, referring to other celebrity #MeToo supporters in an interview published Sunday. “They’re not champions. I just think they’re losers. I don’t like them. How do I explain the fact that I got a GQ Man of the Year award and no women’s magazines and no women’s organizations have supported me?”
McGowan added she has also been left out of what the Times described as “#MeToo campaign lunches or survivors’ brunches.”
“And I don’t want to go, because it’s all bullsh-t,” she said. “It’s a lie. It’s a Band-Aid lie to make them feel better. I know these people, I know they’re lily-livered, and as long as it looks good on the surface, to them, that’s enough.”
“I was talking about Hollywood and Time’s up, not #MeToo,” she wrote. “#MeToo is about survivors and their experiences, that cannot be taken away.”
Known for her roles in the 1996 slasher film “Scream,” produced by Weinstein, and WB’s TV series “Charmed,” McGowan was launched into the national spotlight after she publicly accused the producer of raping her in a hotel room in 1997, the New York Times reported. McGowan was named one of TIME’s Silence Breakers, people who spoke out against sexual assault and harassment. The Silence Breakers were recognized as the magazine’s 2017 Person of the Year.
McGowan is among a group of more than 85 women who have come forward alleging Weinstein displayed a wide-range of sexually inappropriate behavior toward them. In May, Weinstein was arrested and charged with rape, criminal sex act, sexual abuse and sexual misconduct in New York Criminal Court. In July, Weinstein was charged with additional counts of sexual assault that could mean a life sentence if he is convicted.
During a February appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” which was described as “jaw-droppingly weird” and “incredibly uncomfortable,” McGowan called herself “the architect” behind Weinstein’s swift descent from grace.
But despite her integral role in sparking a wave of change in Hollywood that has led to the downfall of a number of high-profile actors and entertainment executives, McGowan’s ties to the celebrity #MeToo community appear to have soured.
Last year, McGowan called out Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep on Twitter, writing, “You are such a lie,” in response to Streep saying she did not know about Weinstein’s behavior. In January, McGowan also criticized Alyssa Milano, her “Charmed” co-star and #MeToo activist, in an interview with ABC News’ “Nightline.”
“I don’t like her,” McGowan said. “‘Cause I think she’s a lie.”
In August, McGowan became embroiled in a public feud with her ally and fellow Weinstein accuser Asia Argento. According to a New York Times report, Argento was accused of sexually assaulting actor Jimmy Bennett when he was a teenager — an allegation Argento denies. Following the news, McGowan issued a lengthy public letter claiming Bennett’s account was true, which Argento demanded be retracted given the “horrendous lies” it contained, CNN reported. McGowan, facing a lawsuit from Argento, apologized on Twitter last month, writing that she had “misunderstood.”
In the Sunday Times Magazine, McGowan continued to express her distaste for Hollywood, vowing she would never act again. While McGowan made it clear that she does not support President Trump, she said she does have one thing in common with his supporters.
“They hate Hollywood for being faux liberals. They’re 100 percent right about that,” she said. “It’s a bunch of faux liberals. It’s crap, and they know it is deep down, but they’re living an empty life, and to me that’s their punishment. They get to live the lives they live.”
McGowan went on to reiterate her criticisms of Streep, saying it is “literally impossible” that the actress did not know what Weinstein was doing. Streep has expressed support for Time’s Up, wearing the movement’s pin in her hair at the 2018 Oscars, HuffPost reported.
She then lambasted Vogue for publishing an interview with Georgina Chapman, Weinstein’s wife, in which Chapman insisted she wasn’t aware of her husband’s actions. McGowan called the magazine “disgusting,” and added, “They should be embarrassed and they should be ashamed.”
Hillary Clinton is another person McGowan no longer supports. McGowan said it was “not possible in my opinion” for Clinton, who had ties to Weinstein, to have not known the truth, adding, “I would take my years of support back.”
When asked by Times reporter Decca Aitkenhead if the “visceral fury of her rage” could be the reason she’s been isolated from the movement and its supporters, McGowan rebuked the notion.
“I think I’ve been fairly effective,” she said. “Who has been more effective? Tell me, who’s been more effective at getting us to this point? So playing nice for women hasn’t got us very far.”
In a video clip included in the interview, she added, “If I am perceived as angry, that’s quite incorrect. It’s just passion and I think passion is something vital and that we all should have.”
More from Morning Mix: