Rose McGowan says it's time for Hollywood to 'clean house' in first speech since Harvey Weinstein rape allegations

Rose mcgowanAaron Thornton / Stringer/Getty ImagesRose McGowan at the Women’s Convention in Detroit Friday.
  • Rose McGowan called for change in a passionate speech at the Women’s Convention Friday.
  • This was McGowan’s first public appearance since she alleged that “HW” (presumably Harvey Weinstein) raped her.
  • McGowan brought attention to the fact that the Directors’ Guild of America is 96% male, and has been since 1946.

Rose McGowan delivered a passionate speech about sexual assault at the Women’s Convention Friday, in her first public appearance since the allegations against Harvey Weinstein surfaced.

McGowan opened her speech by saying that she had been “silenced for 20 years,” “slut-shamed,” “harassed,” and “maligned.”   

“I’m just like you,” the actress declared to the audience. “Because what happened to me, happens to all of us in society, and that cannot stand, and it will not stand.”

McGowan then turned her attention to the multiple sexual assault and harassment allegations in Hollywood that have been made public recently.

“Hollywood may seem like it’s an isolated thing, but it is not. It is the messaging system for your mind. It is the mirror that you’re given to look into,” McGowan said.

The actress brought attention to the fact that men have a substantial amount of control in Hollywood, and pointed out that 96% of the Directors Guild of America is male.

“That statistic has not changed since 1946, so we are given one view,” McGowan said. “And I know the men behind that view. And they should not be in your mind and they should not be in mine. It’s time to clean house.”

McGowan recently alleged that “HW” — no doubt a reference to Harvey Weinstein — raped her, and has been rallying for change since then.

It was revealed in the bombshell New York Times report, which exposed numerous sexual assault and harassment allegations against Weinstein, that McGowan had received a $US100,000 settlement from the producer in 1997 for “an episode in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival.”

“For all of us who have been grabbed by the motherf—ing p—y, no more,” McGowan said. “Name it, shame it, and call it out. Join me,” McGowan said.

You can watch McGowan’s full speech here.

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