‘I never said #MeToo is a lie’

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Nearly a year after she helped to kick off the MeToo movement, actress and activist Rose McGowan received the Inspiration Award at the GQ Men of the Year ceremony in London. (Sept. 6)
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Rose McGowan, one of the most vocal advocates of the #MeToo movement, is clarifying what appeared to be distressing comments about the revolutionary reckoning that swept through Hollywood the past year.

McGowan, 45, helped spark the movement last fall by going on the record with sexual assault allegations against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The actress said Weinstein raped her in a hotel room in 1997 and blacklisted her, damaging her career.

Days after the #MeToo movement’s first anniversary, an interview with the “Scream” actress published in London’s Sunday Times, declared that McGowan had deemed the #MeToo movement “bull-(expletive)” and that Hollywood’s battle against sexual assault in the entertainment industry is only skin-deep.  

McGowan refuted the story on Twitter Sunday afternoon. “I never said #MeToo is a lie. Ever,” she clarified. “I was talking about Hollywood and Time’s Up, not #MeToo.”

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Expressing her frustration, she added: “Ugh. I’m so tired of erroneous (expletive). #MeToo is about survivors and their experiences, that cannot be taken away.”

Early Monday morning, she posted two videos on Twitter of herself to further convey her thoughts.

“#MeToo is important, it’s honest and it’s our experience. It is not a lie,” she said. “For some reason, there are people in the media that will try to bring it down, but I say stand strong. Again, it’s simply our shared experience. That is what #MeToo is. And it’s beautiful. As are we.”  

The Times story had quoted McGowan as saying, “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.”

According to the newspaper, McGowan also claimed she was shunned by the #MeToo community, frequently left out of the survivors’ brunches and campaign lunches, despite being one of the most outspoken members. 

“I just think they’re douchebags. They’re not champions. I just think they’re losers. I don’t like them,” the story read. “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?”

Related: Asia Argento to Rose McGowan: Time’s up! I’m gonna sue you for libel

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The “Charmed” alum vowed to never work in Hollywood again, the paper reported, adding that although she doesn’t agree with President Donald Trump’s politics, she does share something in common with his supporters. 

“They hate Hollywood for being faux liberals – and they’re 100 percent right about that. It’s a bunch of faux liberals,” McGowan said. “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 doubled down on past criticism of Meryl Streep, calling it “literally impossible” for the Oscar-winning actress to be completely in the dark on Weinstein’s predatory behavior.  The actress has also renounced support of Hillary Clinton for the same reason. 

However, she sounded hopeful in a tweet last week acknowledging a year has passed since she publicly named Weinstein as her rapist:  “Today marks the anniversary of one of the hardest years of my life. It’s been a year of triggering for so many. I’m proud of us.”

Related: Rose McGowan takes Jimmy Bennett’s side against #MeToo pal Asia Argento

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