Rose McGowan Calls Out Oprah Winfrey For Supporting ‘Sick’ Power Structure For ‘Personal Gain’

Actress Rose McGowan, who accused Weinstein of raping her and then destroying her career, joins other accusers and protesters as Harvey Weinstein arrives at a Manhattan courthouse for the start of his trial on January 06, 2020, in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — American actor Rose McGowan spoke out against talk show host and TV producer Oprah Winfrey in a tweet about disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and hip-hop record producer Russell Simmons.

The 47-year-old actor recently slammed Winfrey, posting a Twitter photo of the talk show host kissing convicted rapist Weinstein on the cheek.

The picture was taken at the 2014 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.

“I am glad more are seeing the ugly truth of @Oprah. I wish she were real, but she isn’t. From being pals with Weinstein to abandoning & destroying Russell Simmon’s [sic] victims, she is about supporting a sick power structure for personal gain, she is as fake as they come. #lizard (sic),” said McGowan in the tweet.

McGowan, an early #MeToo activist, shared her opinion after one of Winfrey’s past interviews with Dolly Parton went viral over the weekend.

Social media users discussed Winfrey’s questions, including one in which she asked the country artist, “You’ve been open that you’ve had some work done, some tucks and pulls and sucks (sic).”

“Yes, I have, and I’ll have some more when I need them,” said Parton jovially.

The two women also discussed Parton’s experience with depression, with Winfrey remarking that she heard Parton went into a “huge depression” when she turned 40.

“That wasn’t ‘cause I turned 40. It was ’cause I was fat and 40,” Parton joked.

“I had a lot of problems at that time, a lot of female problems. Just hormones… But I’m okay now. It was one of the best things to ever happen to me because it made me take inventory.”

“I feel like Oprah wanted her to be embarrassed, but Ms Dolly said, ‘nope,’” remarked a Twitter user.

The clip sparked a broader discussion of Winfrey’s former ties to Weinstein and Simmons, who have both been accused of sexual misconduct.

In January 2020, Winfrey announced she would no longer be an executive producer on a then-untitled documentary from Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, highlighting Simmons’ accusers’ stories.

“There is more work to be done on the film to illuminate the full scope of what the victims endured, and it has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in that creative vision,” said Winfrey at the time while citing her views.

“I have great respect for their mission, but given the filmmakers’ desire to premiere the film at the Sundance Film Festival before I believe it is complete, I feel it’s best to step aside.”

“I will be working with Time’s Up to support the victims and those impacted by abuse and sexual harassment,” said Winfrey.

From 2017 to 2019, Simmons was accused of rape and sexual misconduct by at least 15 women.

Jennifer Jarosik accused the producer of rape in a January 2018 lawsuit, but she and Simmons filed a joint stipulation of dismissal with prejudice in April 2018.

At the time of Jarosik’s filing, Simmons issued a statement.

“This allegation is absolutely untrue. I look forward to having my day in court — where, unlike the court of public opinion, I will have the ability to make use of fair processes that ensure that justice will be done and that the full truth will be known,” said the statement.

A Jane Doe went on to accuse the producer of rape in a separate lawsuit. However, the case was dismissed by the judge because of the statute of limitations.

In a previous statement, Simmons addressed Doe’s accusations.

“I vehemently deny all these allegations. These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core, and all of my relations have been consensual,” he said.

Regarding Winfrey’s prior friendship with Weinstein, she said she “didn’t know” about his alleged behavior toward women, including McGowan, who accused the producer of rape, but acknowledged knowing about his notoriously aggressive style.

“I was in Chicago, in my little world, but what I knew about Harvey was that Harvey was a bully and that if Harvey’s on the phone, you didn’t want to take the call because you’re going to get bullied in some way,” said McGowan

Weinstein has since been found guilty of rape in the third degree and criminal sexual acts in the first degree. He’s currently facing additional charges in a Los Angeles court and has pleaded not guilty.

(With inputs from ANI)

Edited by Ojaswin Kathuria and Nikita Nikhil

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