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Rose McGowan gave Hollywood the middle finger in a powerful letter to Shannen Doherty

Christina Marfice

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Christina is a reporter based in Boise, Idaho. She's a veteran vegetarian, a political junkie and a huge grammar snob. On the weekends, she can usually be found binging on Netflix, playing the piano or petting her cats, Daisy and Dandelion.

Shannen Doherty & Rose McGowan are the epitome of #GirlPower after their beautiful Twitter exchange today

Rose McGowan and Shannen Doherty have ended their decades-long feud.

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Doherty was a star on Charmed for its first three seasons until she left amid rumors of a bitter feud with her co-star Alyssa Milano. McGowan was her replacement on the show, sparking more rumors that there was bad blood between them after the switch.

Now, as Doherty battles breast cancer, McGowan is mending fences.

She shared a powerful open letter on her Instagram, blaming Hollywood for the longstanding feud between herself and Doherty.

"As young women we were pitted against each other for society's pleasure," McGowan wrote. "The rules of Hollywood engagement brainwashed into us were truly vile. We were cast in this weird fake reality show where we were supposed to be enemies. You and I were pitted against each other, I resented it greatly."

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She continued, "I regret not being awake enough to articulate this to you at the time. Fear was drilled into me from day one in this town & you were the barometer by which my behavior was judged."

Dear @theshando Someone made this of us & I wanted to share it with you as it made me reflect. We have a funny history. As young women we were pitted against each other for society's pleasure. The rules of Hollywood engagement brainwashed into us were truly vile. The men & brainwashed women in our business made it so we couldn't be friends, I regret that. We were cast in this weird fake reality show where we were supposed to be enemies. I resented it greatly. I regret not being awake enough to articulate this to you at the time. Fear was drilled into me from day one in this town & you were the barometer by which my behavior was judged. I was under a microscope, one false move and I'd be branded 'difficult' just like you. I think we all know what happens when girls here get out of line. I willfully remained enigmatic & unengaged. The Bad Girl Shaming you received at the hands of the media was merciless. Global media shaming is real AF, as you know. Fuck them all & their machine, too. You cast a long shadow over my life. We were both cast in a fake real life role, that of the Bad Girl. I had to prove I wasn't as bad as you or I'd get the axe, too. But we were never the bad ones, it was them., the Beige Brained White Dudes in Charge. Well fuck them. Damn them for fucking with our minds & careers just because their misogynistic belief systems couldn't sanction two strong females in a traditionally subservient role- actress. I refused to give them the cat fight they so wanted. Shannen, we didn't know it yet, but we were the good ones. Two boss young women that scared the 'faux-liberals in provincial Hollywood, for that sin we got burned at the media stake, egged on by Hollywood who believe the press they start. There was a strongly inferred threat of me being blacklisted in tv as I'd been in film. Instead of understanding that we were a different breed, they tried to crush us, but they couldn't. I send you strength. #rosearmy #BRAVE #shannendoherty #typos4life

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McGowan also spoke about how Doherty's controversial departure from Charmed affected her as she took over the role.

"I was under a microscope, one false move and I'd be branded 'difficult' just like you," she wrote. "The Bad Girl Shaming you received at the hands of the media was merciless....... You cast a long shadow over my life. We were both cast in a fake real life role, that of the Bad Girl. I had to prove I wasn't as bad as you or I'd get the axe, too. But we were never the bad ones, it was them."

McGowan ended her letter, "Instead of understanding that we were a different breed, they tried to crush us, but they couldn't. I send you strength."

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Doherty is nearing the end of her chemotherapy and radiation after being diagnosed with breast cancer more than a year ago. In May, she had a single mastectomy. She responded perfectly to McGowan's letter, tweeting simply, "@rosemcgowan I'm proud of us now. #girlpower."

What do you think of Rose McGowan's powerful letter?

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Shannen Doherty & Rose McGowan are the epitome of #GirlPower after their beautiful Twitter exchange today
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