Rose McGowan’s breakout role was getting crushed in a garage door in 1996 sleeper horror hit Scream and she later had a big role in TV’s Charmed. Lately though, shooting from the hip has been the stock-in-trade of this fiery Social Justice Warrior. Either by accident or design, McGowan, who grew up in a Christian cult, may now be the most entertaining one-woman headline generator in Hollywood.
McGowan’s latest incendiary remarks are aimed at Variety critic Owen Gleiberman over his article analyzing Renee Zellweger’s reported plastic surgery.
“How dare you bully a woman who has done nothing but try to entertain people like you,” McGowan, 42, fumed in a reaction piece for The Hollywood Reporter. “Her crime, according to you, is growing older in a way you don’t approve of. Who are you to approve of anything? What you are doing is vile, damaging, stupid and cruel. It also reeks of status quo white male privilege…
“You are an active endorser of what is tantamount to harassment and abuse of actresses and women. I speak as someone who was abused by Hollywood and by people like you in the media, but I’m a different breed, one they didn’t count on.”
You can say that again. Here are 25 of Rose McGowan’s most controversial pronouncements taken from interviews and her social media postings.
McGowan’s outspokenness has impacted on her career- she was fired by her agent following her leak of controversial Adam Sandler casting notes and is now trying to be a director. She has subsequently apologized for a few of the statements she has made but mostly she thrives on being tactless.
Rose McGowan on Caitlyn Jenner in response to her saying figuring out what to wear was the biggest challenge of being a woman:
“You want to be a woman and stand with us- well learn us. We are more than deciding what to wear. We are more than the stereotypes foisted upon us by people like you.
“You’re a woman now? Well f*****g learn that we have had a VERY different experience than your life of male privilege. Woman of the year? No, not until you wake up and join the fight.”
The poster for X-Men: Apocalypse that depicted Jennifer Lawrence being choked:
“There is a major problem when the men and women at 20th Century Fox think casual violence against women is the way to market a film.”
“There’s a lot of grossness in Hollywood.”
On growing up in the Children of God cult that combines free love with the second coming of Jesus:
“I remember watching how the cult’s men were with the women, and at a very early age I decided I did not want to be like those women. They were basically there to serve the men sexually. The women would go to bars as lures (to pick up recruits) – they called it flirty fishing.’
“I was not molested because my dad was strong enough to realize that this hippie love had gone south…There are people who will read this story and think I had a strange existence. I think they’ve had a strange existence.”
“There’s a lot of grossness. There’s stuff that has happened to me that would make your hair curl, that will go in my book someday….I’m interested in making the industry better so that women following in my footsteps know that they don’t have to take abuse just because she wants to be creative.”
Why She Quit Acting:
“Think of all the stories not on screen because women are blocked by the status quo. ***k the status quo. Honestly, it got so boring in front of the camera, I had to quit.”
“Where are the human stories? I don’t want green goblins and tight outfits. I want intelligence, daring work that drives society forward. I want a mirror, not every cliché regurgitated ad nauseum.”
“I imagine, had I grown up in Belfast, I would 100 per cent have been in the IRA.”
McGowan posted a Tweet quoting a casting note for an Adam Sandler film which read: “Please make sure to read the attached script before coming in so you understand the context of the scenes, Wardrobe note: Black (or dark) form-fitting tank that shows off cleavage (push-up bras encouraged). And formfitting leggings or jeans. Nothing white.”
She later said of Sandler: “I’m not trying to vilify Adam Sandler. Although someone did tell me that when he did his Netflix deal, he said, “I signed with Netflix because it rhymes with Wet Chicks.” I mean, what? What in the f*** is going on? No!”
The Appeal Of The IRA (Irish Republican Army):
“I imagine, had I grown up in Belfast, I would 100 per cent have been in the IRA. My heart just broke for the cause. Violence is not to be played out daily and provide an answer to problems, but I understand it.”
Lack of Recent Roles:
“I have a lot of business I run that aren’t in entertainment at all that keep me really busy. I basically spent the last seven years going into my version of the witness relocation program. Trying to figure out how to dismantle being famous as something I wasn’t comfortable with.”
Asked what caused the break-up between McGowan and Marilyn Manson, McGowan said: “Scarface…what was Scarface about…it’s one thing to party every now and then but when it becomes full time?” (a reference to the Al Pacino 1983 gangster film that featured plenty of cocaine usage).
“I came out of the womb waving red lipstick.”
Being A Man:
“I’ve always admitted it: I’m a man with really nice breasts. I’m so guilty of doing every single male thing. Not calling, not showing up, leaving at four in the morning.”
Her Ideal Man:
“It has been pointed out that I like people obsessed with their work – they leave me alone. If I’m looking for anything in a man, I’d say empathy, and thousands of miles between us.”
Why can’t I upset the public? They upset me.
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) May 25, 2015
“I found a lot of things about the accouterments of Hollywood silly. Especially the red carpet. My thing was, if I’m going to do a red carpet, let’s play with it. You want me to be your show pony? I’ll be your show pony. You want to play? Let’s play. You want to f**k with me? I’ll f**k with you.”
Sleepwalking As A Child:
“The weirdest spot I ever woke up was a snow bank in Montreal. Now I just speak Italian in my sleep.”
“Gay men are as misogynistic as straight men, if not more so.”
“I’ve never come across any uncircumcised men. Actually except for Manson, my boyfriends have always been Jewish.”
“I was up watching Meet Joe Black at 4 AM. I was hoping Brad Pitt would die and he was still alive at seven forty in the morning! I actually felt sorry, for once, for critics.”
“I’m a pussycat unless you do something to one of my friends. Then I’ll think of unique ways to get back at you. I’m more creative than your average bear.”
“Gay men are as misogynistic as straight men, if not more so. I have an indictment of the gay community now, I’m actually really upset with them…I see now people who have basically fought for the right to stand on top of a float wearing an orange speedo and take molly [MDMA]. It’s [Gay misogyny] a huge problem.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan the Barbarian (she appeared in the 2011 flop remake):
“Arnold is very muscular…If you go back and watch the Schwarzenegger one, he can barely pass his sword from one hand to the other, because he’s so bulky.”
“I love shooting guns. I would never shoot an animal or hunt but I probably would be a very good hit woman. It’s hand-in-glove for me.”
Attacking Ted Cruz After She Fell For A Fictional News Article Falsely Reporting That Cruz Had Defended Child Molester Josh Duggar:
“You are blight on the soul of humanity. Get off my planet. #Ted Cruz #fuckwits #rapists #criminals”
“It’s my job to spread deviance to the American youth.”
Salem Witch Trials:
“I think if I had lived back in Salem, I would have been burned at the stake.”
Ultimate Life Ambition:
“My interest is destroying the status quo. My interest as a card-carrying member of society is to STOP the brainwashing Hollywood and the media have for too long gotten away with.”
— Laura Benanti (@LauraBenanti) July 6, 2016