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Rose McGowan on Being Painted as “Crazy” by the Media


After years of being silenced and sidelined by her own industry, Rose McGowan now has a platform in her upcoming E! series Citizen Rose, which chronicles her activism against sexual harassment and assault. During an appearance at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, McGowan spoke about her experience of being painted as “crazy” by the media, for speaking out in ways which have now—in the era of #MeToo—become commonplace.

“I scare because I care,” McGowan said, acknowledging the Monsters’ Inc. reference. “I know I make people uncomfortable…I know that.” Asked about her role as a “warrior,” she noted drily: “I’m really just trying to stop international rapists and child molesters. After that, I’m golden.” Later in the panel, she noted to one reporter that “the narrative that’s been run by your peers, a lot of them, about me for twenty years, has been erroneous. It’s been a lie, and it’s been cruel. It’s very interesting now, all of a sudden, within four months, [the media are saying], ‘Oh, this person I always thought was crazy, there’s something coming out of her mouth that might make sense? Yeah. There is.”

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