Rose McGowan delivered a powerful message to the women that constitute Hollywood on Saturday night.
In wake of the troubling allegations that Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein made a career out of sexually harassing and assaulting women, McGowan and others are miffed that more women in the industry are not speaking up.
“Your silence is defeaning”
It would easy to dismiss McGowan as a rabble rouser, but the truth is she is stepping up to the plate when few others are.
Much like some of the characters she has played on screen, McGowan is not afraid to say whats on her mind, and in this case, it was clearly needed.
Someone influential that is not a man needed to say what’s on everyone’s mind.
The New York Times report on the circumstance was comprehensive, well sourced, and accurate according to the newspaper.
Via the NYT
“An investigation by The New York Times found previously undisclosed allegations against Mr. Weinstein stretching over nearly three decades, documented through interviews with current and former employees and film industry workers, as well as legal records, emails and internal documents from the businesses he has run, Miramax and the Weinstein Company.
During that time, after being confronted with allegations including sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact, Mr. Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with women, according to two company officials speaking on the condition of anonymity. Among the recipients, The Times found, were a young assistant in New York in 1990, an actress in 1997, an assistant in London in 1998, an Italian model in 2015 and Ms. O’Connor shortly after, according to records and those familiar with the agreements.”
Mr. Weinstein has since threatened to sue the New York Times, the newspaper meanwhile is sticking by the report.
The story depicts a very wealthy man using his power to hurt women on a consistent basis, and doing so with complete impunity, the famous names in the report are incidental, the victimsare human beings first, and Mr. Weinstein’s behavior is truly despicable if proven correct.
According to the report, Mr Weinstein is a serial sexual offender, and believes money can wash the stink off his machinations.
It appears that many people at his company were more than aware of his transgressions according to the New York Times, but have kept quiet because of a “code of silence” that Weinstein contractually implements upon his employees.
Why people would turn the cheek on sexual assault for any reason is another story unto itself.
The story is very similar to the Bill O’Reilly scandal in that hard working women were targeted by a powerful man with sway over upward mobility.
Perhaps Rose McGowan taking one for the team will encourage other powerful women in Hollywood to speak up, because this is a serious problem.
Especially if there is other Harvey Weinsteins lurking in the industry.