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Fans and supporters of Rose McGowan were furious on Thursday when her Twitter account was “locked” for what the social media platform called a violation of rules. Twitter explained in a statement that McGowan posted a phone number — it is unclear who it belonged to — and so she was punished.
McGowan, who has been thrust into the middle of the Harvey Weinstein firestorm, did not buy Twitter’s explanation and shared posts from others who asserted the actress’ account was locked for speaking out against powerful male actors, such as Ben Affleck.
The boycott idea appears to have originated from software engineer Kelly Ellis, who saw it as a way to show solidarity with McGowan and other women who have been victimized.
“#WomenBoycottTwitter Friday, October 13th. In solidarity w @rosemcgowan and all the victims of hate and harassment Twitter fails to support,” Ellis tweeted around 8 a.m.
The idea quickly caught attention, including that of McGowan, and the post began to gain steam. Hollywood actresses and actors began tweeting that they would participate in the boycott.
By Thursday night, the movement was the No.1 trend on Twitter.
“#IStandWithRose .@rosemcgowan and all the other victims. #WomenBoycottTwitter tomorrow,” Anna Paquin tweeted.
“Tomorrow (Friday the 13th) will be the first day in over 10 years that I won’t tweet. Join me. #WomenBoycottTwitter,” Alyssa Milano tweeted.
“I’m with her and her and her and her and her and her and her… #WomenBoycottTwitter,” Jeffrey Wright tweeted.
McGowan, herself, later posted: “At midnight we RISE.”
At midnight we RISE https://t.co/ihKLLczUww
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 13, 2017
Actresses continued to join the call as the night went on and were joined by male stars, such as Mark Ruffalo, who pledged to join the day of silence. Director Ava DuVernay, however, called on the women joining the movement to also serve as allies for the women of color who have spoken out against accusers.
Calling white women allies to recognize conflict of #WomenBoycottTwitter for women of color who haven’t received support on similar issues.
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) October 13, 2017
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
— Anna Paquin (@AnnaPaquin) October 13, 2017
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) 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
— Gina Rodriguez (@HereIsGina) October 13, 2017
I stand with the women. No more tweets for me too.#WomenBoycottTwitter
— terrycrews (@terrycrews) 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.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 13, 2017
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) October 13, 2017
To all women:if u boycott tdy, I support u. If you don’t,I support u too. Sisterhood means everything 2 me-loveu all. #WomenBoycottTwitter
— Gretchen Carlson (@GretchenCarlson) October 13, 2017
— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) October 13, 2017
Tomorrow I follow the Women. #WomenBoycottTwitter
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 13, 2017
#WomenBoycottTwitter because we deserve it and so does Twitter. Shame on you
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) October 13, 2017
I’ve gained a sisterhood. Thank u, all the brave strong women I will look up to @RoArquette @rosemcgowan @AsiaArgento @MiraSorvino ,Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, Lucia Evans, Lauren Sivan, Lea Seydoux, Zoe Brock & 17 more & counting. #WomenBoycottTwitter
— Ellen Barkin (@EllenBarkin) October 13, 2017
Starts now. pic.twitter.com/wlCu3ro32C
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) October 13, 2017
Taking a mental health break from Twitter. #WomenBoycottTwitter
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) October 13, 2017
Let’s go. Join us https://t.co/pW7WGr4MRr
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) October 13, 2017
— Jane Lynch (@janemarielynch) October 13, 2017
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