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No more fear

Rose McGowan condemns Hollywood for “harassment and abuse of actresses”

By WITW Staff on July 7, 2016

Taking exception to a film critic’s assertion that Renee Zellweger’s plastic surgery makes her look like “she no longer wants to be who she is,” Rose McGowan has penned an impassioned response condemning the critic as “an active endorser” of what McGowan says is “tantamount to harassment and abuse of actresses.” The critic, Owen Gleiberman, had voiced his displeasure at Zellweger’s plastic surgery in a piece for Variety titled: “Renee Zellweger: If She No Longer Looks Like Herself Has She Become a Different Actress?”

McGowan’s blistering rebuttal began by reminding Gleiberman that Zellweger “is a human being, with feelings,” and that “her crime, according to you, is growing older in a way you don’t approve of.” Recounting her own experience as an actress, in which she say she faced similar abuse “by Hollywood and by people like you in the media,” she recalls being forced by a studio to go on Howard Stern, where she was asked “to show him her labia while my grinning male and female publicists stood to the side and did nothing to protect me.” McGowan says the abuse heaped on her as an actress confused her to the point that she “actually forgot what [she] looked like,” and that “fear was instilled in [her] by the men and women of [Hollywood], just as [she’s] sure it was instilled in Ms. Zellweger.”

Finally, in an effort to drive home the nauseating reality of what actresses deal with on a daily basis, McGowan replaced Zellweger’s name in Gleiberman’s article with the names of male actors — the result could easily be described as ridiculous, sad, or disturbing. “Guess what?” McGowan concludes. “It is time to stop f**ing with women’s minds.”

Read the full story at The Hollywood Reporter.


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