Rose McGowan took a bold step, after 20 good years, by going public with her sexual assault tales against The Weinsteins co-founder Harvey Weinstein, and her recent speech at the inaugural Women’s Convention was a clarion call for women empowerment.
Rose, addressed an excited crowd of “Me Toos” at the event held on Friday in Detroit, where she earned an applause for helping bust Harvey by encouraging other abused women to speak up in the media.
“My name is Rose McGowan, and I am brave — and I am you,” she started in the highly emotional speech.
The activist, producer and actress, then thanked her “fabulous, strong, powerful” #RoseArmy supporters.
“I have been silenced for 20 years. I have been slut-shamed. I have been harassed,” she continued.
“I have been maligned. And you know what? I’m just like you. Because what happened to me behind the scenes happens to all of us in this society. And that cannot stand, and it will not stand.
“We are free. We are strong. We are one massive, collective voice — that is what #RoseArmy is about,” she added.
“No more will we be shunted to the side. No more will we be hurt. It’s time to be whole. It’s time to rise. It’s time to be brave.
“In the face of unspeakable actions from one monster,” she refused to mention Harvey’s name for the shiver it sends down her spine, “we look away to another — the head monster of all, right now — and they are the same. And they must die. It is time. The paradigm must be subverted.”
Rose also called on all women, within and outside the entertainment industry, to unite and forge a diverse representation behind the camera, The Los Angeles Times reported.
“Hollywood may seem like it’s an isolated thing, but it is not. It is the messaging system for your mind,” she said.
“It is the mirror that you’re given to look into. This is what you are as a woman. This is what you are as a man. This is what you are as a boy, girl, gay, straight, transgender, but it’s all told through 96% males in the Directors Guild of America.
“I know the men behind that view. They shouldn’t be in your mind and they shouldn’t be in mind. It’s time to clean house,” she said.
The popular actress has featured in several films, including “Planet Terror,” “Scream,” “Jawbreaker,” and “Charmed,” an early 2000s TV series.
The New York Times’ investigations uncovered that Mr. Harvey Weinstein paid a financial settlement of $100,000 to McGowan in 1997 over an incident in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.
Harvey, who has gone for rehab, said through his representative Sallie Hofmeister that none of his sexual relationships with the women were non-consensual sex.
Police in London, Los Angeles and New York are investigating the 65-year-old producer and co-founder of Miramax.