Following accusations by Rose McGowan that she knew about Harvey Weinstein and did nothing, Meryl Streep posters popped up around Los Angeles today. The posters show Meryl smiling next to Weinstein, with a red banner across her eyes that says “She Knew”.
The Meryl Streep posters are the latest in a rash of infighting among prominent women in the Weinstein scandal (and resulting fallout).
Rose McGowan recently lashed out at Meryl on Twitter, after support for a protest of sorts grew. Actresses are planning on wearing black to the Golden Globes to protest gender inequality. In a since-deleted tweet, Rose turned her attacks to those actresses, including Meryl Streep
“Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @GoldenGlobes in a silent protest. YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa”.
The Marchesa reference apparently stems from another presumed grievance, with actress Alyssa Milano. Alyssa is friends with Georgina Chapman, estranged wife of Weinstein and co-founder of the high-end fashion line. In an interview with Today‘s Megyn Kelly, Alyssa was asked about Georgina. She responded, “Georgina is doing very well. She’s an amazing mother. She’s an amazing woman, and I think her priority right now is focusing on how to raise those two children to the best of her capacity given the situation.”
Rose McGowan called Alyssa out for her continued support of her long-time friend on Twitter following the interview.
And now, the fighting has continued inward, with the latest attacks and accusations thrown at Meryl. Streep issued a statement following the tweets from Rose, claiming that she didn’t know about Weinstein’s crimes.
“”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.”
Meryl went on to say that she gave Rose her phone number, in the hopes that Rose would call her and she could personally speak to her about the accusations, but she never got a call. You can read her full statement here. Rose has since apologized (on Twitter), but didn’t mention Meryl specifically.
It’s incredibly disheartening to see this sort of infighting and attacks on other women. Where are the Matt Damon posters? The Ben Affleck posters? ANY POSTERS AT ALL tearing down the many, many men who knew about Weinstein and stayed silent? Rather than blame the abuser, people are shaming and blaming women. The Meryl Streep posters are just icing on the cake. Par for the course for 2017, we suppose.