Never let it be said of Rose McGowan that she is one to pull punches. In the actor's first public appearance since accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexually assaulting her, McGowan gave an empowering, goose bump-inducing speech at the Women's Convention in Detroit. The actress framed her speech by correctly depicting Hollywood as the source of all of our self-images, good or bad.
"Hollywood may seem like it's an isolated thing but it is not. It is the messaging system for your mind. It is the mirror that you are given to look into: This is what you are as a woman. This is what you are as man. This is what you are as a boy, girl, gay, straight, transgender - but it's all told through 96% males in the Director's Guild of America.
That statistic has not changed since 1946, so we are given one view. And I know the men behind that view. And they should not be in your mind, and they should not be in mine. It's time to clean house."
Continuing on, she said: "For all of us who have been looked down on. For all of us who have been grabbed by the motherfucking pussy, no more. Name it, shame it, and call it out. Join me." Today also marks the launch of RoseArmy.com, a site created to help victims of sexual assault and harassment to share their experiences and come forward. Watch the moving speech, below.
\u201c"Hollywood may seem like it's an isolated thing. But it is not," McGowan says. "It's time to clean house." https://t.co/jKjQayxIBQ\u201d