Rose McGowan: I Spent 20 Years 'Plotting Revenge' for Weinstein

Actress also blasts Hollywood 'losers,' denies she called #MeToo 'a lie'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2018 7:56 AM CDT
Actress Rose McGowan speaks during OZY Fest on July 21, 2018, in New York.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

(Newser) – On Wednesday, Rose McGowan commemorated the anniversary of #MeToo, "one of the hardest years of my life" and "a year of triggering for so many." As for the movement itself, an interview in the Sunday Times Magazine over the weekend painted the 45-year-old actress as coming down on it altogether as she called the people now pushing the #MeToo campaign "douchebags" and "losers." "It's all bulls---. It's a lie," she says. "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." The magazine cited her beef that she isn't asked to attend survivors' events or other campaign promotions, even though she's been one of the most outspoken people in speaking up about sexual misconduct since she revealed she was a victim of Harvey Weinstein.

Now, however, McGowan says her words were twisted, and that she wasn't trashing the #MeToo movement itself, per USA Today. "I never said #MeToo is a lie," she tweeted Sunday evening. "Ever. I was talking about Hollywood and Time's Up, not #MeToo. Ugh. I'm so tired of erroneous sh*tstorms. #MeToo is about survivors and their experiences, that cannot be taken away." In two follow-up videos Monday morning, McGowan added, "I'm just here to say that #MeToo is important, it's honest, and it's ... simply our shared experience. That is what #MeToo is. And it's beautiful." Also told with "cold, controlled fury" to the Times, McGowan reveals she spent 20 years strategically "plotting her revenge" against Weinstein—she says she only took on the role on Charmed to become more famous so that when she exposed him it would definitely make headlines. More from her scathing interview here.

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