Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Rose McGowan on Twitter: "Ben Affleck fuck off"

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.

9 comments:

  1. A wise assessment there, Scoop. Too many times in this society of ours, people vilify and condemn others for their actions without trying to 'walk a mile in their shoes'.

    I am not condoning what Weinstein did or might have done because I am not in a position to judge him, but given the mores of the time in which he supposedly did these things, the Casting Couch was real and accepted.

    Now today, people try to judge what happened THEN by the mores of TODAY and that just ain't right or fair.

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  2. I haven't followed this story too closely, and I don't have a dog in the fight, but I can't help but think Rose McGowan is a hypocrite. She took $100K to keep quiet (for 20 years), how many other young women were harassed in those 20 years? As far as I'm concerned, Rose is as guilty as any other man or woman who knew what Weinstein was doing. Seems like she should get off her high horse and realize she is no better than Afflek in this case. If any women were harrased since 1997 by that creep, then McGowan bears some of that responsibility, correct?

    A recent tweet from McGowan, where she refuses to use Weinstein's name: “Anyone who does business with __ is complicit. And deep down you know you are even dirtier. Cleanse yourselves.”

    Does she remember Grindhouse from 2007? Distributed by Dimension Films, which is owned by the Weinstein Company!! Wouldn't this make her complicit, by her definition?

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  3. I love all the scared little Trump dick suckers who come here to jerk off to celebs they can only dream of fucking and occasionally leave racist, sexist, homophobic comments about “SJWs” and anything else that scares them because they’re too stupid, sad and pathetic to have a real life. The internet life. Victim blaming! Reverse racism! Down with feminism! Hahahahaha! Losers

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  4. When you can't make a point, just throw insults. That one about dick sucking was a real zinger!

    Your "victim" received $100K and kept quiet for 20 years. More often than not, these social justice warriors are nothing more than attention seeking hypocrites.

    Also I'm sure you're only here for the articles?

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  5. It was take the money or be destroyed. He had the power to do that, and had done it to others. You clearly don't understand the dynamics of rape. She felt like it was her fault.

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    1. Maybe I misunderstood, I didn't hear about McGowan being raped by him. Coming on to a woman aggressively can be inappropriate, but it is different than rape in my book.

      Bottom line, her career is more important than the safety of other women. Gotcha

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  6. In Robert's Rules of Order, a motion to adjourn is always in order.

    In real life, it is always appropriate to tell Ben Affleck to fuck off.

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    1. And yet Twitter proved not to be part of real life, as they suspended Rose McGowan's account.

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  7. If fucking Terry Crews says he was afraid to speak out, then I can only imagine what it must be like for a woman:

    https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/oct/11/actor-terry-crews-sexually-assaulted-by-hollywood-executive

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