Horror fans have idolized Rose McGowan for decades, and why not? She’s drop-dead gorgeous, displays serious acting chops, and even an incredible singing voice. While Scream made Neve Campbell a household name, McGowan was the X-Factor that made Wes Craven’s seminal slasher send-up a true classic. More recently, McGowan has been at the forefront of a revolt against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
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Since accusations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein have come to light, McGowan has been the worst nightmare of anyone benefiting from institutionalized misogyny. She’s shared her personal experiences with Weinstein and publicly named those she considers complicit in the Weinstein scandal. Via Twitter, she’s been making many people very uncomfortable—in the best possible way.
But even though we live in a society that allows the president of the United States to destroy careers and relationships via Twitter with impunity, the powers that be suspended McGowan’s account sighting a violation in terms of service. As someone who followed McGowan’s actions closely, I’m aghast at Twitter’s response. She did nothing to violate the all-mighty terms, and I’m not the only one who thinks so.
Jessica Dorfman Jones is a writer for The Z Review—she’s also an attorney. Her assessment: McGowan hasn’t violated any of them. I’m a lawyer. I know things. What else has to be outed before the public will acknowledge that there is big business in burying the misdeeds of male power-brokers by keeping women, the people on whom they prey, silent?”
So what gives, Twitter? Care to explain yourselves?
McGowan’s Twitter account has been back up and running since yesterday, but I still find the company’s actions deplorable. It’s hard enough for women to have their voices heard, especially when it comes to issues of sexual assault, and Twitter may as well have held hands over McGowan’s mouth. And why? To protect an exposed predator?
Rose, if you’re reading this, we’d like to offer you an open outlet to express your opinions whenever you’d like. We may not have the same social media reach, but with 650K followers on Facebook and 65K on Twitter, we can get your words out to plenty of supporters and detractors alike. Your voice deserves to be heard!