Rose McGowan became one of the leading voices in the #MeToo movement after alleging Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her in 1997 at the Sundance Film Festival. (Weinstein has denied McGowan's claims, as well as all allegations of non-consensual sex.) On Twitter and beyond, the actor is not afraid to call people out and name names, and proving that point, McGowan called out Justin Timberlake on The View during her talk show appearance on Tuesday, Jan. 30. McGowan doesn't take issue with Timberlake in the same way she resents alleged abusers like Weinstein, but instead, she criticized the Man of the Woods singer for wearing a Time's Up pin, having just acted in Woody Allen's movie, Wonder Wheel (producer: Erika Aronson). (Bustle reached out to Timberlake's agent about McGowan's comments, but did not receive an immediate response.)
While on The View, McGowan referred to a tweet posted by Timberlake at the 2018 Golden Globes, which received immediate backlash on Twitter. "There’s Justin Timberlake hashtagging 'My wife looks hot tonight, hashtag Time’s Up hashtag, hashtag I just did a movie with Woody Allen,'" McGowan said, seemingly mocking Timberlake. It's certainly true that Timberlake posting a picture of his wife and commenting on her appearance, rather than her talents, before the awards show seems counterproductive for the Time's Up movement, which is focused on equality for women and ending harassment across all industries. McGowan continued,
"So come on, it is fake. I wish everybody were good. I’m sorry to puncture your heroes, but sometimes these heroes need to be better.”
McGowan had already publicly criticized the Time's Up movement for teaming up with CAA, one of Hollywood’s biggest talent agencies. While appearing on The View, the actor again mentioned her qualms with the movement, saying, "The intentions are good, but I know the people behind it, it's four CAA agents who needed good PR." While she claims that she fully supports the #MeToo movement, her issues with Time's Up have sparked some debate in Hollywood.
In early December when People reported that actors would wear black to the 2018 Golden Globes in solidarity with Time's Up, McGowan posted a now-deleted tweet, calling the act hypocritical. "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 chance. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa," she wrote.
In response, Meryl Streep released a statement to HuffPost, which said,
"It hurt to be attacked by Rose McGowan in banner headlines this weekend, but I want to let her know I did not know about Weinstein’s crimes, not in the '90s when he attacked her, or through subsequent decades when he proceeded to attack others."
Streep's statement continued, detailing The Post star's relationship with Weinstein and expressing her support of McGowan.
Unlike Streep, Timberlake did not respond to the backlash he received for wearing a Time's Up pin to the 2018 Golden Globes. Even before McGowan's appearance on The View, the actor/singer received plenty of backlash on Twitter after the awards show.
A couple of weeks after Timberlake's Golden Globes backlash, Dylan Farrow took to Twitter to criticize his show of hypocrisy with wearing a Time's Up pin after working with Allen. Farrow accused Allen of sexually abusing her when she was just 7 years old, which the director has repeatedly denied.
Whether or not Timberlake acknowledges the fact that his working with Allen seemingly contradicts his support of the Time's Up movement will be revealed over time. But with both McGowan and Farrow publicly criticizing the singer, who's headlining the 2018 Super Bowl halftime show, it might be time for Timberlake to acknowledge this apparent hypocrisy.
A bunch of actors have recently expressed remorse for working with Allen, despite knowing about Farrow's sexual assault allegations against the acclaimed director, which is why people are expecting Timberlake to do the same. Of course, he should only do so if he means it. Otherwise he would simply support McGowan's claims that Hollywood's support of Time's Up is founded on the need for better PR.
McGowan's naming of Timberlake on The View isn't all that surprising, as the actor-turned-feminist-leader considers it her mission to "think differently" and "do better." That, she says, is all it takes to be a part of the trademarked Rose Army.
Every time McGowan speaks about her alleged experience with sexual assault, whether in her memoir, Brave, or in interviews like her appearance on The View, you can't help but feel the pain she went through in the past, and on the other hand, understand her passion to change the industries that systematically overlook sexual harassment and assault.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit online.rainn.org.