People target Meryl Streep over Harvey Weinstein scandal by pasting 'She Knew' posters on streets
After Rose McGowen slammed Meryl Streep for not raising her voice against the assaults, an artist has gone out putting posters which state that Meryl knew about the assaults done by Harvey Weinstein.
Hollywood witnessed the great fall when the sexual assaults done by Harvey Weinstein came to light. Along with Harvey, there were several others whose names came out and some were even accused of whitewashing the mistakes done by Harvey. In that long list, the latest addition is Meryl Streep who is being blamed for knowing about the sick deeds by the film producer.
The incident happened earlier this week when a series of posters started appearing on the streets of New York city accusing the Mama Mia actress of knowing about the Weinstein's assaults and despite that, keeping silent this whole time.
The news about the sexual assault broke when New York Times brought out a detailed report which included a series of victims stating their side of the story when they were victimised. After this, many actresses came forward and confessed that they too had been on the receiving end of the same.
The reports also suggested that Harvey had hired people to dig up personal information about his victims to use against them if they ever threatened him by speaking out to the media. A number of actresses like Angelina Jolie, Cara Delevingne, Kate Beckinsale, and others came forward with their own statements and condemned Weinstein.
During this upheaval, a number of people expected Meryl Streep to come out and speak on the same, but the actress decided to stay away from the controversy for a long time. Meryl has profited a lot in the past because of her collaborations with Harvey and people weighed this as the factor which suggested that the actress might be hiding a lot from the world.
However, Meryl did decide to comment on the entire Hollywood scenario after the accusations were brought to light by calling all the women as "heroes" for standing against injustice and raising their voice against change. But Meryl came under the scanner after she contradicted herself in the past few days.
Meryl made a statement that she would be organizing a silent protest at the upcoming Golen Globe Awards by wearing black to the event. This decision was quickly slammed by many, especially by Rose McGowen, who played one of the crucial roles in bringing down Harvey Weinstein.
Rose was quick to take it to her Twitter account to speak her mind. "Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @goldenglobes in a silent protest," McGowan tweeted. "YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You'll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa."
After seeing the tweet by Rose, Meryl came out with an apology where she admitted that she did not have full knowledge about the incident. The statement was provided to CNN by Meryl herself. "It hurt to be attacked by Rose McGowan in banner headlines this weekend, but I want to let her know I did not know about Weinstein's crimes, not in the 90s when he attacked her, or through subsequent decades when he proceeded to attack others," Meryl said.
"I wasn't deliberately silent. I didn't know. HW [Harvey Weinstein] was not a filmmaker; he was often a producer, primarily a marketer of films made by other people- some of them great, some not great. But not every actor, actress, and director who made films that HW distributed knew he abused women, or that he raped Rose in the 90s, other women before and others after, until they told us," she continued.
Meryl also added that Harvey "needed me much more than I needed him and he made sure I didn't know." She further wrote, "Rose assumed and broadcast something untrue about me, and I wanted to let her know the truth. Through friends who know her, I got my home phone number to her the minute I read the headlines."
"I sat by that phone all day yesterday and this morning, hoping to express both my deep respect for her and others' bravery in exposing the monsters among us and my sympathy for the untold, ongoing pain she suffers." Even though Meryl did not hear from Rose, she was hopeful that she would come across the statement.
The Oscar-winning actress also added that Hollywood had started a fund in order to help the victims of sexual assault after these incidents came to light. However, recently, a rightwing guerrilla artist in Los Angeles claimed responsibility for posters that depict Meryl Streep as an enabler of Harvey Weinstein, calling them revenge for the actor’s criticism of Donald Trump.
As reported by the Guardian Sabo, a former US marine, told the tabloid that they created the posters that show Meryl with a red stripe across her face and the text “She knew” with reference to the assaults. Sobo told the Guardian that he made the posters as retaliation for Meryl using her upcoming movie The Post, to bash Trump. "She’s swiping at us so we’re swiping back," he said.
If you have any views or stories that you would like to share with us, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org