In the wake of Rose McGowan’s 12-hour Twitter suspension, a boycott of the social media platform has been organized for Oct. 13, and a number of celebrities are participating in “#WomenBoycottTwitter.”
That hashtag is currently trending as users show their support for the cause before signing off for the day. Thousands of ordinary people are taking part in the boycott, as are celebrities, not all of whom are women.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 13, 2017
Ladies. Let's do this. #WomenBoycottTwitter. Not because of hate but because I love this platform and know it can be better.
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 13, 2017
Starts now. pic.twitter.com/wlCu3ro32C
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) October 13, 2017
Let's go. Join us https://t.co/pW7WGr4MRr
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) October 13, 2017
I stand with the women. No more tweets for me too.#WomenBoycottTwitter
— terry crews (@terrycrews) October 13, 2017
Taking a mental health break from Twitter. #WomenBoycottTwitter
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) October 13, 2017
Racism, misogyny, war on poor, war on press, possibly actual war, some good puns.
Now u don't NEED Friday twitter.#WomenBoycottTwitter
— Joss Whedon (@joss) October 13, 2017
Tomorrow I follow the Women. #WomenBoycottTwitter
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 13, 2017
Proudly joining #WomenBoycottTwitter for the next 24 hours even though Instagram doesn't properly capture my tone.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 13, 2017
And for now, I’m off Twitter. I’ll be back with more to say soon. And there is so very much to say. #WomenBoycottTwitter
— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) October 13, 2017
— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) October 13, 2017
— Nick Offerman (@Nick_Offerman) October 13, 2017
#WomenBoycottTwitter because we deserve it and so does Twitter. Shame on you
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) October 13, 2017
— Anna Paquin (@AnnaPaquin) October 13, 2017
I'm with her and her and her and her and her and her and her…#WomenBoycottTwitter
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) October 13, 2017
— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) October 13, 2017
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) October 13, 2017
— Jane Lynch (@janemarielynch) October 13, 2017
In in :) https://t.co/ylX1BQBwDs
— John Cusack (@johncusack) October 13, 2017
— Sarah Paulson (@MsSarahPaulson) October 13, 2017
— Debra Messing✍? (@DebraMessing) October 13, 2017
This all started after Twitter suspended the account of actress Rose McGowan, who says that she was raped by Harvey Weinstein and over the past week has been fighting against Weinstein and sexual abuse in Hollywood in general. As McGowan was calling out celebrities like Ben Affleck and amplifying stories of Weinstein’s alleged victims, she was suddenly suspended, which led to widespread outrage.
For hours, Twitter would not comment on why exactly McGowan was banned, as they have a policy not to comment on the suspension or non-suspension of individual accounts.
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) October 12, 2017
But there was so much pressure placed on them in this case that they finally did comment, saying that McGowan was suspended because she tweeted a private phone number. Still, Twitter was criticized for its selective enforcement of its rules, suspending a woman speaking out against rape for violating its policies but not suspending white supremacist accounts that routinely harass users.
Rose McGowan has since returned to Twitter after her 12-hour suspension, wasting no time and immediately calling out Amazon Studios for doing business with Harvey Weinstein after she told them that he had allegedly raped her. McGowan, of course, is also participating in the Twitter boycott today.
While McGowan’s suspension is what prompted this boycott, that of course did not come in a vacuum, and the boycott is not exclusively about McGowan. Instead, participants see it as a way to protest Twitter for a variety of reasons, namely what critics identify as an unwillingness to take issues of harassment and abuse seriously.
“I’m boycotting for many reasons,” model Chrissy Teigen explained. “To stand with the victims of sexual assault, online threats and abuse. And to boycott the fact our demented, p*ssy grabbing president can tweet nuclear threats of war I can’t even see.”
Other women expressed their support for the cause but decided not to boycott Twitter, feeling that they are already silenced enough and that taking their voices out of the equation entirely is not the right move.