Unmasked

A Trump-supporting man is revealed as the person spreading those Meryl Streep ‘She Knew’ posters

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A right-wing artist has come forward to take responsibility for the posters featuring a photo of Meryl Streep and Harvey Weinstein and the words “She Knew” emblazoned over her eyes that had been mysteriously popping up across Los Angeles this week, The Guardian reported.

Sabo, a 49-year-old ex-Marine and guerrilla street artist, said the motive behind the posters was retribution for the Oscar-winner’s public criticism of President Trump. Streep has been on a publicity tour for her new film, The Post, and has used the film “as a platform” to be critical of Trump, the artist said. “She’s swiping at us so we’re swiping back,” he told The Guardian, adding that Streep’s Golden Globes speech in January was also a motivation behind the attack posters. Sabo said he and two unnamed collaborators had cooked up the idea and posted the images around town.

Streep in recent days had come under fire from Rose McGowan, who has accused Weinstein of rape and has been on of the disgraced movie mogul’s most vocal critics. McGowan lashed out at Streep, who has had a long working relationship with Weinstein, and others over their plan to wear all black at the upcoming Golden Globes award show as a silent protest against the culture of sexism in Hollywood. “Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @goldenglobes in a silent protest. YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy,” McGowan railed in posts that have since been deleted from Twitter.

“I wasn’t deliberately silent. I didn’t know. I don’t tacitly approve of rape. I didn’t know. I don’t like young women being assaulted. I didn’t know this was happening,” Streep responded publicly, after saying she was unable to reach McGowan through backchannels. “Rose assumed and broadcast something untrue about me, and I wanted to let her know the truth,” Streep added.

When the posters began showing up around L.A., some thought they were shocking and made too strong a statement. Many, including several Women in the World commenters, lamented that it was unfair that Streep was being blamed for Weinstein’s horrible behavior. Some even speculated that a woman might be behind the posters. Turns out that it was no woman at all, and was, rather, a man who has targeted Democrats and liberals many times before with his politically-charged street art. He even explained to The Guardian why, after the infamous Access Hollywood tape leaked, he didn’t think Trump deserved to be skewered by one of his incendiary works.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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