When it comes to sexism in Hollywood, Rose McGowan is not having it. The actress took to Twitter last week to show her followers just how stupid the expectations of actresses can be.
Speaking on a role for an Adam Sandler movie, she noted that her script demanded that she wear a black (or dark) form-fitting tank that shows off cleavage (push-up bras encouraged). And formfitting leggings or jeans. Nothing white.
The part that I thought was really funny was, ˜Please read the script so you’ll understand the context of the scenes’, and I’m like ˜It’s an Adam Sandler movie. What am I, like dumb? I get it, McGowan said during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live yesterday. And then it encouraged cleavage, like, with the parentheses, ˜Push-up bras encouraged.’
The actress went on Twitter earlier this week to tell her followers that she was fired by her wussy acting agent because she put the sexism she encountered on display. However, other actresses has shown their support for McGowan.
Jessica Chastain took to her Twitter to say: Her treatment confirms the misogyny underpinning the industry. She should be celebrated for speaking out.
McGowan did note that her problem was not with Sandler, who produces most of the movies he appears in.
I’m not trying to vilify Adam Sandler, she told EW. I was offended by the stupidity more than anything. I was offended by the fact that went through so many people’s hands and nobody red flagged it. This is normal to so many people. It was probably even a girl that had to type it up. It’s institutionally okay.
It’s about time people starting talking about these issues and what really goes on behind the scenes in Hollywood. While many actresses have stepped forward to talk about the prevalence of sexism in Hollywood, being able to see, first hand, what cast and wardrobe notes might look like sheds light on a much larger issue. And I, for one, am glad that McGowan is using a public forum to put some of this Hollywood stupidity on blast.