Meryl Streep can’t seem to catch a break ever since she claimed she didn’t know about Harvey Weinstein’s pattern of harassing and assaulting the women he worked with. First, she was called out online by Rose McGowan for her actions. Now, she’s the subject of a mysterious poster campaign in Hollywood.
Photos have been popping up on social media of the posters, which feature Weinstein and Streep at an event together. The words, “she knew,” cover Streep’s eyes.
No one has taken responsibility for the posters, but they seem to have been timed to go up shortly after Streep made her remarks about her working relationship with Weinstein, seemingly distancing herself from the notorious producer from the get-go.
“One thing can be clarified. Not everybody knew. Harvey supported the work fiercely, was exasperating but respectful with me in our working relationship, and with many others with whom he worked professionally,” she said. “I didn’t know about these other offenses: I did not know about his financial settlements with actresses and colleagues; I did not know about his having meetings in his hotel room, his bathroom, or other inappropriate, coercive acts. And if everybody knew, I don’t believe that all the investigative reporters in the entertainment and the hard news media would have neglected for decades to write about it.”
McGowen, who alleged Weinstein raped her, tweeted a response to Streep’s words, writing, “Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @goldenglobes in a silent protest. YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy.”
McGowen has since deleted the tweet, but Streep did respond to it.
“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,” Streep said. “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.”
Streep is one of many women planning to wear black to the Golden Globes in solidarity with the women who have spoken out about rampant sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry and in silent protest against the power structures that allow it. Streep has not commented on the posters at the time of reporting, although it’s tough to say whether further curiosity about the posters, their creator and Streep’s feelings about them will subside anytime soon.