Rose McGowan on Twitter: "Ben Affleck fuck off"
The story is as follows:
Affleck said on Facebook that he was saddened to hear about Weinstein's depredations. "I am saddened and angry that a man who I worked with used his position of power to intimidate, sexually harass and manipulate many women over decades. We must support those who come forward, condemn this type of behavior when we see it and help ensure there are more women in positions of power."
McGowan pointed out that, in her opinion, Affleck was going full Captain Renault.
Just as Renault's words belied the fact that he was actually fully aware of the gambling at Rick's, Batman's sanctimonious comments belied the fact that (according to Rose) he knew what was going on with Weinstein, and had known for years. Her proof: when she told Affleck, immediately after the incident, what Weinstein did to her, Affleck allegedly responded, "Goddammit. I told him to stop doing that."
I don't always find Rose McGowan to be lucid, but she seems to make a compelling case here.
In Affleck's defense, he did not actually lie, even if we assume the truth of McGowan's accusations. He never said that he was surprised by the Weinstein offenses, but issued a carefully crafted statement saying he was "saddened and angry." I guess if he is backed against a wall, he can claim that he has always been "saddened and angry" by the man's behavior, but that would just raise the question of, "Why didn't you use that sadness and anger to speak out?" Of course, we know why all the people in Hollywood kept silent, including the women who were victimized. Weinstein was a powerful mogul who could make or break their careers, and he was willing to pay for their silence in various ways.
As always, the social mediaverse is filled with holier-than-thou comments and Monday morning quarterbacks eager to condemn those victims and enablers who remained silent. Personally, I don't feel like one who can cast the first stone. If I imagine myself in their places, I can't say with certainty that I would not have done the same.