UPDATE, writethru with more detail: A protest move prompted by the temporary suspension of actress Rose McGowan’s Twitter account has quickly grown into a movement protesting women’s voices being silenced on social media.
#WomenBoycottTwitter was trending big on Thursday night and continued to balloon in the U.S., UK, Australia, Mexico and Korea, among others, into Friday European time. A slew of celebrities joined McGowan, a vocal critic of disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein and an advocate against sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood.
Using the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter, McGowan, who on Thursday said on Twitter that she had been raped by Weinstein, asked her followers to stop using the social media platform for 24 hours beginning Friday at midnight in solidarity to her cause.
Here’s a selection of tweets from folks who have joined the silent chorus:
Amber Tamblyn, after posting a statement from her friend, and frequent Harvey Weinstein collaborator Quentin Tarantino, signed off for the day:
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay noted a conflict: