Meryl Streep’s Harvey Weinstein denial puts her brand under threat

AFP
Published Dec 23, 2017, 1:26 am IST
Updated Dec 23, 2017, 1:26 am IST
The 68-year-old is under fire over her denials that she knew about the misconduct of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Meryl Streep
 Meryl Streep

She started the year leading the chorus of opprobrium against President Donald Trump, but 12 months on Meryl Streep, has become a target herself. The 68-year-old is under fire over her denials that she knew about the misconduct of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. She has worked on many Weinstein produced films and jokingly referred to him as “God” at the 2012 Golden Globes. Rose McGowan, one of #MeToo campaign’s prominent advocates, criticised Streep over plans for actresses to wear black to Golden Globes in a silent protest against sexual assault. “YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect (sic) no real change. I despise your hypocrisy,” McGowan tweeted.

Sabo, a 49-year-old rightwing guerilla artist and former US marine claimed responsibility for the posters, which show Streep with a red stripe across her face and the text, “She knew.”He added that he had conceived the campaign as retaliation for Streep using her latest film The Post to attack Mr Trump, who is facing accusations of his own by as many as 16 women who say he sexually assaulted them. Entertainment writer Ira Madison III wrote in a commentary for that Streep’s denials rang true, arguing that the rough ride she has had over Weinstein is nothing more than a manifestation of the sexism inherent in show business. “Streep’s claims that she didn’t know are ludicrous and the kiss of death for her image in Hollywood,” the bestselling author of The Kim Kardashian Principle said. 

 

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