Actress Rose McGowan, who was among the first to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, has said the #MeToo movement "is about survivors and their experiences, that cannot be taken away," (Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images)
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Actress Rose McGowan said President Donald Trump's supporters are wrong about everything except the people in Hollywood, according to an interview published in The Sunday Times.
“They hate Hollywood for being faux liberals — and they’re 100 percent right about that. It’s a bunch of faux liberals. 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 told the magazine.
The former "Charmed" actress, who said she has no plans to ever act again, described the film industry as a "disgusting world." She went on to slam Hollywood stars such as Meryl Streep for claiming they were clueless to the allegations of sexual misconduct by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
What's the story?
A year ago, McGowan helped spark the #MeToo movement when she came forward with allegations that Weinstein had raped her in his hotel room at the 1997 Sundance film festival. She later received a settlement from Weinstein who denied the accusations.
Her story triggered the fall of Weinstein and many others in Hollywood who've since been accused of sexual misconduct. Earlier this year, Weinstein was charged with multiple counts of sexual assault.
But in the interview published Sunday, McGowan said she hasn't received support from other survivors in the entertainment industry.
“I just think they’re douchebags. They’re not champions. I just think they’re losers. I don’t like them," McGowan told the Times. "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?”
The Times noted that McGowan doesn't get invited to all the #MeToo campaign lunches, according to a portion of the transcript that McGowan posted on Twitter.
“And I don’t want to go, because it’s all bulls**t," McGowan responded. "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.”
What did she say on Twitter?
After the interview was published, McGowan faced blowback from critics who believed she was calling the #MeToo movement "bulls**t" and "a lie."
"I never said #MeToo is a lie. Ever. I was talking about Hollywood and Time’s Up, not #MeToo. Ugh. I’m so tired of erroneous s**tstorms. #MeToo is about survivors and their experiences, that cannot be taken away," McGowan tweeted in response.
In another tweet, she shared a portion of the transcript from her interview with The Times.
McGowan also posted two videos in response to The Times interview.
"Hi, Everybody. I'm just here to say that MeToo is important, it's honest, it's our experience, it is not a lie," she said in a video posted on Twitter.
“For some reason, there are people in the media that will try to bring it down. But I say stand strong. It’s simply our shared experiences. That’s is what MeToo is and it’s beautiful, as are we,” she said in another video on Twitter.
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