Rose McGowan was temporarily suspended from Twitter after speaking out against Harvey Weinstein, and this decision of the social media giant has immediately sparked widespread outrage.
The Charmed actress announced her suspension on Instagram late on Wednesday, posting a screenshot of the notice telling her her account had been disabled for 12 hours. She wrote, “THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE. #ROSEARMY.”
It was not immediately clear which tweets of McGowan’s led to the suspension, but it may have been one that showed a screenshot of a private email exchange with an agent, although the agent’s email address was not visible. Some have speculated that the offending tweet was one in which she told Ben Affleck to “f*ck off.” But Twitter requires users to delete tweets in violation of the rules before returning to Twitter, and it’s the agent email tweet that has been deleted, while the Ben Affleck tweet is still on McGowan’s account.
In the hours following this news, Rose McGowan began trending on Twitter as users expressed their outrage that someone who has been fighting against sexual abuse in Hollywood was suspended by a social media company that is notoriously slow to suspend trolls, bots, and white supremacists.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) October 12, 2017
Jawdropping they Twitter would suspend Rose McGowan’s account while allowing humans and bots to spread vile posts. https://t.co/sEXTPMXdOA
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) October 12, 2017
Twitter lets abusive racists & bigots run rampant but suspends Rose McGowan for calling out a sexual predator & his protectors. #LetHerSpeak
— Chris Staiti (@realStaiti) October 12, 2017
Rose McGowan attacks sexual harassers. Gets suspended.
Richard Spencer attacks minorities. Gets blue checkmark.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) October 12, 2017
This website is a fucking Hieronymus Bosch painting filled with Nazis, but apparently they draw a hard line for crass assault survivors https://t.co/kDtHGlIQOB
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) October 12, 2017
Cool we cannot get literal Nazis suspended but someone speaking enormous truths to power… https://t.co/ppjLFY4C0U
— Joanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) October 12, 2017
Some observed that while Twitter recently said it will not suspend President Donald Trump because his tweets are newsworthy, this rule apparently did not apply to Rose McGowan this week.
I've never been more flabbergasted at Twitter than now, at Rose McGowan's suspension coming directly after "Trump is too newsworthy to ban."
— Spookshop (@ajaromano) October 12, 2017
Twitter has said they don’t ban Trump because of “newsworthiness”…but they suspended Rose McGowan, who’s been speaking out on sexual abuse pic.twitter.com/RC17MlLWQE
— Julia Reinstein (@juliareinstein) October 12, 2017
So Rose McGowan crusading against sexual assaulters gets Twitter suspension but white supremacists and Trump threatening WW3 does not.
— Steph Bello (@steph_bello) October 12, 2017
But both sides of the political spectrum were upset that Rose McGowan was suspended, with conservatives like Ann Coulter weighing in as well.
Did NBC buy Twitter? Actress Rose McGowan's Twitter account suspended for tweets about Harvey Weinstein. https://t.co/rG8skJhAu1
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) October 12, 2017
Celebrities soon chimed in and shared their frustration, including some who have been closely following the Harvey Weinstein story and have been speaking out against sexual assault in Hollywood.
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) October 12, 2017
@rosemcgowan 's twitter account has been suspended. I expect to start seeing smear stories on her anytime now. This is the sad reality.
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 12, 2017
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) October 12, 2017
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) October 12, 2017
There was some discussion among Twitter users on Thursday of some sort of protest against the social media company, but at this time nothing has been formally organized. Twitter has not commented on what led to McGowan’s ban, as they do not comment on the specifics of account bans as a general rule. While McGowan’s account has bene re-activated, she has yet to tweet today; when she gets back on, she may be able to clarify what tweet it was that led to this ban.
Rose McGowan has suggested that she was raped by Harvey Weinstein in 1997, implying as much on Twitter but not speaking about it directly because according to The New York Times, she reached a settlement with him decades ago. Over the past week, as sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein have piled up, McGowan has dedicated her Twitter account to shedding light on these stories and on calling out celebrities who she says knew this was going on. One of those celebrities was Ben Affleck; after Affleck released a statement suggesting he had no clue about Weinstein’s alleged crimes while they were working together, McGowan wasn’t buying it, claiming that he acknowledged Weinstein’s actions in a private conversation with her.
@benaffleck “GODDAMNIT! I TOLD HIM TO STOP DOING THAT” you said that to my face. The press conf I was made to go to after assault. You lie.
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 10, 2017
She has also posted private emails suggesting that Bob Weinstein was aware of his brother’s actions, and she has called for the board of The Weinstein Company to be completely dissolved, using the hashtag “#DissolveTheBoard.”
Join me in supporting this important cause at iPetitions. DISSOLVE THE BOARD https://t.co/0u8PksrIKX
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 11, 2017