The #SheKnew posters are by a mysterious alt-right street artist
Posters of Meryl Streep have been appearing all over Los Angeles since Tuesday. They feature a photo of Streep standing next to Weinstein with the phrase “She Knew” written across her face, alluding to her apparent awareness of Harvey Weinstein’s numerous crimes. Their appearance follows a Twitter spat between Streep and Rose McGowan, in which McGowan accused Streep of “silence” and referenced her work with Weinstein.
It was initially unclear where the posters had come from, but it seems like they could be the petty handiwork of the alt-right (like, obviously). It's now come to light that they were in fact designed and placed by Unsavory Agents, an alt-right website run by “Sabo”, a mysterious conservative street artist. Sabo, 49, told The Guardian that he and his collaborators conceived the campaign as retaliation for Streep bashing Trump. In the past, Streep has been targeted by both alt-right groups and Donald Trump himself. Streep is also an unfair target – when there are a) men perpetrating abuse and b) men like Matt Damon making dumb, dangerous comments about it, Meryl Streep should be the last person on your list for a street art smear campaign.
It’s especially unusual considering Streep has denied that she was aware of Weinstein’s alleged abuses at all. In a statement in October, she said: “the disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported. The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes. One thing can be clarified. Not everybody knew. Harvey supported the work fiercely, was exasperating but respectful with me in our working relationship, and with many others with whom he worked professionally.”
She continued, “I didn’t know about these other offences: I did not know about his financial settlements with actresses and colleagues; I did not know about his having meetings in his hotel room, his bathroom, or other inappropriate, coercive acts. And If everybody knew, I don’t believe that all the investigative reporters in the entertainment and the hard news media would have neglected for decades to write about it.”
The posters were put up among other places near Streep’s home, outside the SAG-AFTRA building, and across from the 20th Century Fox studio lot.
"SHE KNEW" by UNSAVORYAGENTS— unsavoryagents (@unsavoryagents) December 20, 2017
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