In one of the most powerful scenes in "Citizen Rose", actress and activist Rose McGowan is at a hotel in New York City with Ronan Farrow, the journalist who broke stories about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual harassment and assault in The New Yorker.
McGowan recalls how her manager, who went on to work for Weinstein, didn't help. Mc Gowan says the autobiography could not exist without the documentary.
"It made me laugh", she said two decades ago. And then the activism groundwork of coming out of the closet, if you will. "I looked at him and I must have had tears in my eyes", McGowan said of the experience. Something that enabled her to make a number of harsh criticisms about not just the entertainment figures who were abusing people but also how the entire system has been set up in a manner that facilitates such abuses. McGowan tells him that the most disturbing part is all the enablers, the people who let it happen and cover it up. McGowan told the audience that Weinstein is still "going after her", adding, "It feels violent; it feels degrading".
She said that she'd wanted an ensemble that would "cause a scene", but she hadn't realized the front was see-through. No one is monitoring her whereabouts.
In the unusual interview spanning the Bible, George W. Bush, and khakis, McGowan, wearing an orange hoodie, also addressed her recent arrest on drug charges, saying, "Yes, I've had handcuffs on me, but no one else in this situation. I think that's molestation'".
On Wednesday, McGowan got into an altercation with a trans woman during a reading at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square. Primarily, she laid out in a series of tweets that she has no interest in the traditional talk show interview where guests speak in pre-packaged soundbites. McGowan repeatedly tells the camera that she's doing this for all the women out there who've been hurt. In fact, McGowan also made an appearance at the "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," wherein she described herself as the catalyst of Weinstein's downfall during the extensive interview. Then her thinking evolved to: "That creep did this to a 15-year-old".
McGowan turned to address the crowd directly, leaning forward in her chair.
"No one's gonna believe you". The former producer has since been accused by over 60 women of various forms of sexual assault and misconduct. McGowan has dared to enter uncharted territory for a woman in Hollywood - to go rogue like this and find that you have actual support, however self-serving the industry backing (the E! series, the book deal) may ultimately prove to be. And anyway, to say it's unseemly for McGowan to profit off this moment seems fundamentally backward.