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Steven Spielberg's new film starring Meryl Streep
and Tom Hanks hits US theaters on December 22 2017.
  December 19th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

As a regular visitor to Simply Streep, you may know that I never post anything that is not related to Meryl Streep’s work. It’s the base on which I maintain this site, because its focus has always been the work, and since Miss Streep herself is fiercely private, I feel it is something to honor, even more today when nothing is private anymore. I have stayed away from commenting any of the Harvey Weinstein stories, the false accusations and countless vile emails and comments I receive from people who don’t bother to read beyond a headline, even after actress Rose McGowan singled out Meryl Streep in a now-deleted tweet, calling her a liar for not speaking out against Weinstein. But today, Meryl Streep did something that really surprised me, something I’d like to re-post here to put speculations to a rest. In a statement to the Huffington Post, Streep said that it hurt that McGowan believed she knew about the mogul’s alleged behavior. The full statement can be read below in its entirity:

It hurt to be attacked by Rose McGowan in banner headlines this weekend, but I want to let her know I did not know about Weinstein’s crimes, not in the 90s when he attacked her, or through subsequent decades when he proceeded to attack others.

I wasn’t deliberately silent. I didn’t know. I don’t tacitly approve of rape. I didn’t know. I don’t like young women being assaulted. I didn’t know this was happening.

“I don’t know where Harvey lives, nor has he ever been to my home.

I have never in my life been invited to his hotel room.

I have been to his office once, for a meeting with Wes Craven for “Music of the Heart” in 1998.

HW distributed movies I made with other people.

HW was not a filmmaker; he was often a producer, primarily a marketer of films made by other people- some of them great, some not great. But not every actor, actress, and director who made films that HW distributed knew he abused women, or that he raped Rose in the 90s, other women before and others after, until they told us. We did not know that women’s silence was purchased by him and his enablers.

HW needed us not to know this, because our association with him bought him credibility, an ability to lure young, aspiring women into circumstances where they would be hurt.

He needed me much more than I needed him and he made sure I didn’t know. Apparently he hired ex Mossad operators to protect this information from becoming public. Rose and the scores of other victims of these powerful, moneyed, ruthless men face an adversary for whom Winning, at any and all costs, is the only acceptable outcome. That’s why a legal defense fund for victims is currently being assembled to which hundreds of good hearted people in our business will contribute, to bring down the bastards, and help victims fight this scourge within.

Rose assumed and broadcast something untrue about me, and I wanted to let her know the truth. Through friends who know her, I got my home phone number to her the minute I read the headlines. I sat by that phone all day yesterday and this morning, hoping to express both my deep respect for her and others’ bravery in exposing the monsters among us, and my sympathy for the untold, ongoing pain she suffers. No one can bring back what entitled bosses like Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes, and HW took from the women who endured attacks on their bodies and their ability to make a living.. And I hoped that she would give me a hearing. She did not, but I hope she reads this.

I am truly sorry she sees me as an adversary, because we are both, together with all the women in our business, standing in defiance of the same implacable foe: a status quo that wants so badly to return to the bad old days, the old ways where women were used, abused and refused entry into the decision-making, top levels of the industry. That’s where the cover-ups convene. Those rooms must be disinfected, and integrated, before anything even begins to change.




  • marci6549

    They ALL have done something wrong, I don’t condone sex with minors at all, but please someone explain the difference to me that makes Bowie an infallible deity and Polanski a piece of s…
    In USA they accuse him that he fled Los Angeles for Paris in 1978 to evade sentencing. This actually isn’t true. He spent time in custody and was released. Had the radical conservative Judge not changed his mind the case would be history. And his victim forgave him long before the 2003 ceremony. The Pianist is a real masterpiece. I myself would applaud him for this just as many people all around the world. But this will always be used against Meryl because she dared to speak out against DT…and I applaud her for that!

    That leads me to the sheknew remark and that creepy ‘sheknew’ guy: I’ve read an interview with him and it was as creepy as you can imagime; he has contradicted himself in many ways, especially claiming he didn’t actually know about the meetoo movement, what a BS!

    But most of all it leads me to the person this topic is actually about: McGowan…
    The saddest part of all the mess is her revenge against Meryl! Of all the people that “knew” about this, she just decided that Meryl is the most culpable and deserving of public shaming!
    Yet she claimed: “I never accused Meryl Streep of deliberately staying silent on Harvey Weinstein.”
    Using her own words she used against Meryl: “You’re such a lie and hypocrite!

    She happily jumped on that anti-Meryl bandwagon rolling over since her Golden Globe speech with her hateful tweets (and that streetguy happily jumped on RMG bandwagon for that matter). Meryl said she didn’t know but that was not good enough for her and her accusers – they KNOW/you KNOW – ‘she knew’ and refuse to believe otherwise – and denying it makes Meryl worse than the perpetrator! She’s on her side for god’s sake! It would have been more mature if she would have said it to Meryl’s face, privately. But she needed her voice to be heard because Meryl has more to lose than her.

    Accusing Meryl and others of being HW’s complicit, I smell some hypocrisy here. What happened to RMG was not her fault. What happened after was. She took the money, kept silent, and condoned the action.

    And by the way her comment to Meryl’s defence: “The lady doth protest too much:”
    Don’t know where all this will lead to but I just hope RMG will finally focus on something more useful than stabbing a knife in any woman’s back and damaging metoo movement…

  • Maxi O

    It was recently revealed that the person behind the public “protest posters” (in which the words “She knew” cover Meryl’s eyes in a photo that was taken of her and Weinstein together) is a self-identified alt-right, Trump-supporting man. In other words, he’s a misogynist — because all of those “alt-right” losers are — and he’s only pretending to care about women who have suffered sexual abuse in order to further his selfish political agenda.

    The loser wasn’t even creative enough to come up with his own idea. The poster he made is a blatant rip-off of the work of famous artist Barbara Kruger. Crybaby misogynists who habitually go online and tell women that they’re not pretty enough, not sexy enough, not thin enough, not young enough, etc. REALLY hate it when strong, successful women disagree with them. Every time Meryl publicly speaks her mind, it eats them up inside. :D As for the women who hate Meryl because of her beautiful GG speech … well, I just don’t know what’s wrong with them. They’re hopeless.

    P.S. I’m not defending Polanski’s actions (it galls me whenever rich people break the law and are able to avoid punishment, while poor people cannot), but I think the trauma that he has experienced in his life — a pregnant wife being murdered by Manson’s cult and a mother being murdered by Nazis — has garnered him a bit of sympathy from those who are familiar with his life story. It’s not surprising to me that the actress who starred in “Sophie’s Choice” would feel compassion for someone whose mom died in Auschwitz.

  • marci6549

    The answer is easier than you’d thought: it started out right after Meryl’s famous 2017 Golden Globe acceptance speech where she criticised the then US president-elect for mocking a disabled journalist, Serge F Kovaleski, at a press conference. In his tweets he called her “over-rated actress” and “Hillary flunky”. So ever since then, it became a favorite meme for all anti-Streepers.
    To many, including me, it is an apparent demonization of Meryl and others who attended to honor an artist for his work, not to re-litigate his role in a decades-old sexual abuse scandal. No one was outraged about that much back then but now it came very handy as you can imagine. They did attack as much Meryl’s pages on FB as they could leaving toxic, nasty mean and even life threating comments.
    Meryl didn’t sign the 2009 petition but supported him saying, ‘“I’m very sorry that he’s in jail.”. And that’s it.
    And yet the same people are admiring David Bowie, The Stones, Jimmy Page – I could just go on with this list – they ALL did exactly the same as Polanski – have no problem to go on their concerts and isten to their music, and PRAISE them.
    What a double-standard. But you know, haters gonna hate.

  • Max O

    You’re right. I wish more people would factcheck the rumors they encounter instead of mindlessly repeating them, but I guess it’s silly of me to worry about Meryl being treated unfairly when there is so much political lying going on right now that’s far more dangerous and important (and yes, I realize that most of the attacks on her have been politically-motivated). Meryl’s strong and she’ll be fine.

  • shanmint

    You really have to take what you find on twitter with a huge grain of salt, seriously! There are all sorts of fake accounts and bots that infect that social platform along with Facebook. There are those who are paid to deliberately go after certain figures and people and say certain things. I would not be too focused on those on twitter or other social media.

  • Max O

    I’m so sick of idiots on Twitter endlessly going on about Meryl’s supposed support of Roman Polanski. If any of these fools had a clue, they’d know that Meryl did not sign the 2009 petition that was created to demand Polanski’s release from a Swiss jail.

    Here are some of the people who DID sign the petition, though: Tilda Swinton, Asia Argento, Martin Scorcese, David Lynch, Wes Anderson, Alexander Payne, Darren Aronofsky, Stephen Frears, Woody Allen … and dozens of others. Why is Meryl the one who constantly gets bashed (just because she apparently gave Polanski a standing ovation — a gesture that I would bet money on was a response to whatever it was that he SAID in his speech — and not, as some crazy simpletons would have everyone believe, a sign of support for the rape that he committed 40 years ago)? What about everyone else who applauded at the event? And what about all of the famous people who went so far as to sign a petition in defense of the creep? Why are they not being dragged through the mud? Ugh. The entire world is nothing but lies these days.