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If you missed the back story, a silent protest of gender inequality in Hollywood was planned at the Golden Globes awards ceremony and actress Rose McGowan said the women involved were hypocrites, naming Meryl Streep in particular. Rolling Stone:

According to the Hollywood Reporter, McGowan responded to the protest in a since-deleted tweet, “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 Pig Monster” refers to Weinstein, while Marchesa is a fashion label co-founded by Weinstein’s wife Georgina Chapman.)

Streep was dismayed and arranged for her personal phone number to be given to McGowan. McGowan did not call her and so Streep issued a statement Monday (full statement at the Rolling Stone link.)

“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,” Streep wrote. “I wasn’t deliberately silent. I didn’t know. I don’t tacitly approve of rape. I didn’t know. I don’t like young women being assaulted. I didn’t know this was happening.”

“HW distributed movies I made with other people,” Streep admitted. “HW was not a filmmaker; he was often a producer, primarily a marketer of films made by other people- some of them great, some not great. But not every actor, actress, and director who made films that HW distributed knew he abused women, or that he raped Rose in the 90s, other women before and others after, until they told us. We did not know that women’s silence was purchased by him and his enablers.”

Streep added, “I am truly sorry she sees me as an adversary, because we are both, together with all the women in our business, standing in defiance of the same implacable foe: a status quo that wants so badly to return to the bad old days, the old ways where women were used, abused and refused entry into the decision-making, top levels of the industry. That’s where the cover-ups convene. Those rooms must be disinfected, and integrated, before anything even begins to change.”

The Golden Globes awards are set for January 7. No word at this time as to whether the silent protest of wearing black is still going forward or not.

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