Posters bearing a photographic image of Harvey Weinstein next to Meryl Streep with a red rectangle that blackens out her eyes and bears the words “She Knew,” has popped up across Los Angeles. The street art is a form of protest against Streep and recent comments she made denying she knew of Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct, harassment, and rape against women. Streep worked with Weinstein and many have taken to social media to say her comments aren’t truthful. While some are supportive of the art, others believe that focusing attention towards Meryl Streep is not going to help the cause and is misdirected energy that could be used to solve the problem.
There has been an Internet battle playing out between Rose McGowan and Meryl Streep. McGowan, who was first to come forward and accuse Weinstein of rape, has taken issue with some of the comments made, the way various protest have been conducted, and is quick to air her grievances online.
Rose McGowan took issue with women who have been nominated for Golden Globes or other awards this year, or who will attend Hollywood award ceremonies and plan to wear all black as a sign of solidarity.
McGowan accused Streep of knowing about Weinstein’s behavior and remaining silent about it. The comments prompted Meryl Streep to respond.
"Your silence is the problem." Rose McGowan criticizes Meryl Streep and other actresses set to wear black in protest of harassment at the Golden Globes: https://t.co/yBUUkuoG7T pic.twitter.com/D7pt2GVwIs
— IndieWire (@IndieWire) December 17, 2017
It was Meryl Streep’s answer to Rose McGowan’s comments that prompted the backlash. Streep claimed she wasn’t “deliberately” silent but did not know what was going on.
Other people have come out to defend Meryl saying they believe her and that she didn’t know. Others say that everyone in Hollywood knew and Meryl is complicit.
There are even more who hold a different view, saying it doesn’t matter if Meryl Streep knew or not: blaming her or directing the focus of the #MeToo campaign against her is wrong.
— HuffPost Canada (@HuffPostCanada) December 19, 2017
You may read Meryl Streep’s comments and response to Rose McGowan’s criticism below.
— Meryl Streep Archive (@simplystreep) December 18, 2017
You may see photos of the Meryl Streep “She Knew” photography and posters as they were placed in various locations around Los Angeles.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) December 19, 2017
What do you think about the art and the conflict with Meryl Streep and Rose McGowan?