The Doom Generation actress was given the boot because she dared to expose Hollywood’s misogyny
In what can only be described as a vote of no confidence by her team, Rose McGowan was fired by her “wussy” acting agent for speaking out against sexism in Hollywood. When McGowan received a script for another mirthless Adam Sandler vehicle, casting notes suggested actors arrive in a “form fitting tank that shows off cleavage (push up bras encouraged).”
When she brought the issue to light, her acting agents – named by The Hollywood Reporter as Sheila Wenzel and Steve Muller at Innovative Artists – gave her the boot. “I just got fired by my wussy acting agent because I spoke up about the bullshit in Hollywood. Hahaha,” she tweeted.
This came only days after she tweeted the casting notes, exposing more evidence of an age-old problem. She later commented on the situation at Entertainment Weekly: “It was just so dumb. I was offended by the stupidity more than anything. I was offended by the fact that went through so many people’s hands and nobody red flagged it. This is normal to so many people. It was probably even a girl that had to type it up. It’s institutionally OK.”
McGowan recently made her short film Dawn publicly available on YouTube. Her directorial debut is about a teen girl who yearns to break free from her sheltered life.
Unfortunately, this kind of sexism has been a career-long battle for McGowan. “A big producer once told me that I always had to play the bad girl because I have dark hair and light skin,” McGowan told us in an interview last year. “I was like, (sarcastically) ‘Oh, that makes sense completely!’ It’s called Hollywood. If the only thing that the public or anybody has ever heard from you is what a man has written for you, you’re only seen in that slim, narrow window of what you’re allowed to be seen as. It just doesn’t suit me.”
While Adam Sandler milks his stale jokes, the real last laugh goes to the renegades helping to change the industry one brave move at a time.