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Posters Alleging Meryl Streep Knew About Weinstein Surface in LA

Here's why it's a problem.
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After news broke that Hollywood's leading actresses would wear all black to the Golden Globes as a form of protest against the injustices women are facing in the film industry — including those committed by Harvey Weinstein — Rose McGowan took to Twitter to denounce one of the supposed participants: Meryl Streep. 

“Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @goldenglobes in a silent protest,” McGowan tweeted. “YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly and effect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy.”

Streep took almost no time to respond, offering a statement to CNN: “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. I wasn't deliberately silent. I didn't know.”

Now, just days later, posters have surfaced in Los Angeles featuring Streep and Weinstein together, with the words “SHE KNEW” emboldened across Streep's face in Barbara Kruger-style type.

There's a lot to unpack here. First off, McGowan's attacks against Streep come under the unwarranted asumption that the protest at the Golden Globes was intended to be silent, when nowhere in the original reports did any sources say that it would be. Given all of this year's vocal activism — much of which was led by McGowan — why would anyone assume that Hollywood's most prominent actresses staging a protest wouldn't come with a some strong words?

Secondly, regardless of whether or not she knew about Weinstein's offenses, these attacks on Streep pivot the blame from being placed on the real perpetrators. The media loves a catfight, and suddenly the attention goes to McGowan vs. Streep instead of the men accused of committing these crimes. Thankfully, people on Twitter have responded with their own artwork featuring the faces of the men in question with the words “HE'S THE PROBLEM” plastered across them.

Here's hoping that the protest on January 7th brings a little more of what it was intended to: solidarity. 

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