Rose McGowan took to the stage Friday in Detroit at the Women’s Convention in her first public appearance since accusing disgraced TWC mogul Harvey Weinstein of raping her. “We are all Me Toos. I have been silenced for 20 years. I have been slut shamed. I’ve been harassed. I’ve been maligned … We are one massive collective voice, that is what #RoseArmy is all about … no more will we be shunted to the side. No more will we be hurt. It’s time to rise. It’s time to be brave.”
Read her full speech, in which she never names her “monster,” below.
“No more,” she said to cheers. “Name it. Shame it. Call it out … It’s time to clean house!”
Here is her full speech:
Allies. Good Morning. Thank you Tarana Burke. Thank you to all of you fabulous, strong, powerful Me Too’s. Because we are all Me Too’s. Thank you to Tarana for giving us two words and a hashtag to help free us.
I have been silenced for 20 years. I have been slut-shamed. I have been harassed. I’ve been maligned. And you know what? I’m just like you. Because what happened to me behind the scenes, happens to all of us in this society. And that cannot stand, and it will not stand. We are free. We are strong. We are one massive collective voice. That is what RoseArmy is about. It’s about all of being roses in our own life. Not me, but the actual flower because we have thorns, and our thorns carry justice. And our thorns carry consequence.
No more will we be shunted to the side. No more will we be hurt. It’s time to be whole. It’s time to rise. It’s time to be brave. In the face of unspeakable actions, from one monster we look away to another. The head monster of all right now. And they are the same. And they must die. It is time. The paradigm must be subverted. It is time. We’ve been waiting a very long time for this to happen, but we don’t need to wait anymore because we’ve got this. We’ve got this. I know it!
My sisters, our allies, our brothers. We are no nation. We are no country. We belong to no flag. We are a planet of women, and you will hear us roar.
I came to be a voice for all of us who have been told that we are nothing. For all us who have been looked down on. For all of us who have been grabbed by the motherf*cking pussy.
No more. Name it. Shame it. Call it out. Join Me. Join all of us as we amplify each other’s voices and do what is right for us, and for our sisters, and for this planet, Mother Earth.
There are so many women that inspire me on a daily basis. And if I can be one ounce of that at any moment in time for any of you, I send all of the strength that I have.
Hollywood may seem like it’s an isolated thing, but it is not. It is the messaging system for your mind. It is the mirror that you’re given to look in to: This is what you are as a woman. This is what you are as a man. This is what you are as a boy, girl, gay, straight, transgender but it’s all told through 96% males in the Directors Guild of America.** That statistic has not changed since 1946. So we are given one view, and I know the men behind behind that view — and they should not be in your mind and they should not be in mine.
It’s time to clean house.
I want to thank you for being here for giving me wings during this very difficult time. The triggering has been insane, the monster’s face everywhere. My nightmare. But, I know I’m not alone because I’m just the same as the girl in the tiny town who was raped by the football squad, and they had full dominance and control over their little town newspaper. There really is no actual difference. It’s the same situation and that situation must end because it is not our shame. The Scarlett Letter is theirs. It is not ours. We are pure. We are strong. We are brave, and we will fight.
Pussies grab back! Women grab back! We speak! We yell! We march! We are here! We will not go away!
My name is Rose McGowan and I am brave, and I am you.
** DGA current data shows that women actually make up 23.4% of all DGA members and 15.1% of all Director members. In 1946, there was only one female member of the Directors Guild – Dorothy Arzner, who joined in 1938. The guild added its second female member, Ida Lupino, in 1950. Today, there are over 17,000 members of the DGA , about 4,000 of whom are women.
The convention opened with a video and a series of quotes from people including civil rights activist Audre Lorde, who said “Revolution is not a one-time event,” and the late, great actor Paul Robeson, who said, “Artists are the gatekeepers of truth. We are civilization’s radical voice.” And from activist/feminist Grace Lee Boggs: “We are the leaders we’ve been waiting for.”
A tribe of indigenous First Nation women from such Native American tribes as the Lakota and Navajo opened the convention and sang for their sisters who are missing or murdered. McGowan followed them about 20 minutes later in a gathering pegged as the first major national women’s convention in 40 years.
“Detroit doesn’t keep quiet. Doesn’t accept defeat. Doesn’t concede a fight for justice no matter how long it takes,” said one of the organizers to cheers.
McGowan is now the founder of the new #RoseArmy (an army of truth). She is among a number of speakers today that includes actresses Piper Perabo and Amber Tamblyn along with politicians and activists.
McGowan will also be part of today’s “Fighting for Survivors of Sexual Assault in the Age of Betsy Devos” panel at 2:15 PM, speaking with survivors of sexual assault.
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