The speaking out referred to another tweet, in which McGowan published a casually chauvinistic casting note on an Adam Sandler movie that called for the auditioning actress to wear “black (or dark) form fitting tank that shows off cleavage (push up bras encouraged).” She wasn’t “trying to vilify Adam Sandler,” she stated later, but simply point to the institutional sexism that pervades the industry. “I was offended by the fact [that] that went through so many people’s hands and nobody red-flagged it,” she said. “This is normal to so many people. It was probably even a girl that had to type it up. It’s institutionally OK.”
She added, “Someone did tell me that when [Sandler] did his Netflix deal, he said, ‘I signed with Netflix because it rhymes with Wet Chicks.’ I mean, what? What in the fuck is going on? No!”
It seems, however, that things are a bit murkier than McGowan first let on. Yesterday, the actress and director called her rep Sheila Wenzel “a wonderful agent that ceased working with Innovative before my firing.” The two women’s former agency, Innovative, confirmed that “Sheila Wenzel, Rose McGowan’s primary agent, parted ways with Innovative before McGowan’s tweet yesterday.” It’s unfortunate that this muddled timeline has become the focus of the story; the original narrative went viral because women’s underrepresentation on screen is currently on so many people’s minds.
Whatever permutation of ass-covering is going on, it’s clear McGowan has been bothered by Hollywood’s gender inequity for awhile. “When I did my first film, I was told by my agent that I would need to have long hair so men in this town would want to fuck me and hire me,” she recalled. “That was said to a 17-year-old.”
McGowan is currently on a press tour to publicize her directorial debut, the short “Dawn,” which you can watch below. She will begin shooting her first feature this fall.