On Sunday, Tamblyn tweeted that McGowan “is a friend and while I support her kind of movement, I do not support any woman (or man) shaming or taunting the movements of other women who are trying to create change.” She added, “Telling us to all wear Marchesa? This is beneath you, Rose.”
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants actress followed up with another tweet that read, “Our movement is big. And a black dress is just the beginning of the darkness that will be drained from every industry across the country by the time we’re done. That’s a promise.”
Tamblyn’s messages came after McGowan criticized actresses, including Meryl Streep, for their decision to wear black at Golden Globes as a form of protest.
“Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @GoldenGlobes in a silent protest. YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa,” wrote McGowan, referring to Harvey Weinstein as the “Pig Monster,” and Marchesa, the womenswear fashion label co-founded by Weinstein’s estranged wife, Georgina Chapman.
Holly Marie Combs, McGowan’s Charmed co-star, also weighed in, calling out Tamblyn for criticizing McGowan in public rather than in private. “You just did to @rosemcgowan what you claim you don’t support her doing to others,” wrote Combs. “Every activist for every cause the world over has different methods but share a common and more important message that should remain the same. And undiluted above all else.”
Tamblyn then responded to Combs, writing, “Her statement was public and hurtful to some women so a public response was earned. I spoke to her at length today, she knows how I feel. I love Rose fiercely, that will never change. To be critical of an action is not to condemn the person behind it. There’s your common message.”
On Monday, Streep issued a statement in response to McGowan’s comments.
“It hurt to be attacked by Rose McGowan in banner headlines this weekend, but I want to let her know I did not know about Weinstein’s crimes, not in the ’90s when he attacked her, or through subsequent decades when he proceeded to attack others,” reads the statement. “I wasn’t deliberately silent. I didn’t know. I don’t tacitly approve of rape. I didn’t know. I don’t like young women being assaulted. I didn’t know this was happening.” (Streep’s statement can be read in full here.)
McGowan later apologized, writing, “The Marchesa line was beneath me and I’m sorry for that. Seeing that picture of Alyssa Milano with GC [Georgina Chapman] has ignited something in me that I can’t quite articulate,” she tweeted. “There is no map for this road I’m on, I will fuck up. Peace be with you, go with Goddess.”