Rose McGowan likes to tell it like it is, whether she’s tweeting or writing open letters about what women in Hollywood endure, from ridiculous casting notes to sexism in the industry. But last week, Rose got even more serious when she joined the #WhyWomenDontReport movement on Twitter with her tweets about being raped by a top studio executive. She was shamed, while her alleged rapist was adulated — sadly, an all-too-common story.
Now, she’s taken to Twitter once again, this time with powerful open letter to Hollywood, asking her peers to “be brave” and “take a stand” against sexual predators.
Dear Hollywood, pic.twitter.com/MYFSAi8P2t
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 17, 2016
“Dear Hollywood, To the women and men in the entertainment industry who know exactly whom and what I am talking about, I say be brave. Do not work with those you know to be offenders or you are no better than they. Take a stand,” she begins.
She goes on to state the obvious: “Stop rewarding sociopaths. Every time you sanction abhorrent behavior, you are aiding and abetting a crime, that makes you no better than the criminal. How many more stories do you have to hear before you do the right thing and stop rewarding men that are predators? Why are you so cowardly that you would take the softer, easier way out?”
Her plea is, on the surface, a simple one, yet there continues–for all of us– to be a very real fear of losing a job, not wanting to offend, not wanting to be challenged, not wanting to be viewed as difficult. Is staying silent really worth it? That’s a question only an individual can answer.