Actress and #MeToo activist Rose McGowan isn’t wasting a moment in calling out Kamala Harris, Joe Biden’s vice president pick, for accepting donations from serial rapist Harvey Weinstein during her time as California’s attorney general.
“Did you return the money Weinstein gave you?” McGowan said on Wednesday, tagging Harris and retweeting a section of a chart that showed three donations by Donald and Ivanka Trump toward Harris’ 2014 reelection campaign. “How many predators bankroll you?”
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) August 12, 2020
According to Breitbart, Kamala Harris accepted $2,500 Weinstein that same year. Three years later, the disgraced producer donated another $2,500 toward Harris’ U.S. Senate run.
Weinstein was one of Hollywood’s most active political donors, coralling big-ticket celebrity donations for Democratic candidates, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. The former Miramax boss is now serving a 23-year jail sentence in New York after being convicted of rape and sexual assault.
McGowan has alleged in her memoirs that Weinstein raped her at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997. She has said that Hollywood ignored her claims about Weinstein for years, allowing the producer to continue to prey on young women. Dozens have women have accused Weinstein of sexual assault and harassment.
Shortly after the Weinstein scandal broke in 2017, Harris’s spokesman said the senator planned to donate the Weinstein contributions to the California-based Equal Rights Advocates, a women’s rights group.
Rose McGowan has been among Biden’s biggest critics in Hollywood, especially after Tara Reade accused Biden of sexually assaulting her while she was a staffer of his back in the ’90s.
TARA READE IS TELLING THE TRUTH https://t.co/TEBxzLQ2dU
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) April 24, 2020
Last year, Breitbart notes, Kamala Harris declared that she believes the women who have accused Joe Biden of inappropriate behavior, including unwanted touching and kissing: “I believe them, and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it.”
McGowan’s criticism of Harris and Biden stand in stark contrast to her fellow actress and #MeToo activist Alyssa Milano, who earlier this year said she plans to support Biden in spite of her obligation to “believe all women” when they accuse men of rape and assault.
“Harvey Weinstein’s decades of rape were clearly wrong,” Milano wrote in a May op-ed defending Biden. “Donald Trump’s alleged sexual assaults were clearly wrong. Brett Kavanaugh’s actions, told consistently over decades by his victim (and supported by her polygraph results), were clearly wrong. So were Matt Lauer’s, Bill Cosby’s and so many others. As we started holding politicians and business leaders and celebrities around the world accountable for their actions, it was easy to sort things into their respective buckets: this is wrong, this is right. Holding people accountable for their actions was not only right, it was just.”
As for Biden’s alleged assault of Reade, Milano says we must allow for a little “nuance.”
“Except it’s not always so easy, and living in the gray areas is something we’re trying to figure out in the world of social media. But here’s something social media doesn’t afford us–nuance.”
“The world is gray,” Milano pontificated. “And as uncomfortable as that makes people, gray is where the real change happens. Black and white is easy. Gray is the place women can come together out of the glare of the election and speak our truths, our doubts, our hopes, our convictions and test them against the light and the dark.”
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