Rose McGowan was fired by by her agent yesterday for speaking out against sexism in Hollywood, tweeting a casting call for an Adam Sandler film that encouraged female actors to arrive in a "form fitting tank that shows off cleavage (push up bras encouraged)."
The Doom Generation actress hit headlines across the country after illuminating a problem that appears to be endemic in the acting industry; she told Entertainment Weekly as much, saying: "This is normal to so many people. It was probably even a girl that had to type it up. It's institutionally OK."
To reinforce her beliefs, she’s done a video interview with Nylon. "We used to be at the forefront of moving things, and we are not, and that’s what needs to change," she says. "Hollywood is accused all the time — the liberal media, they have an agenda — you're goddamn right I have an agenda. I have an agenda for people to be better humans. Why? Because I want more people to talk to, more people to play with, and more interesting things to watch and listen to and read. It’s not that complicated."
She also found one particular part of the casting call more offensive than the rest. McGowan told the magazine: "The part that was insulting was insulting because it said "make sure you read the text, so you understand the context of the scenes." Thank you, Mr Man, I’m not smart enough to figure that out on my own!"
Hopefully Hollywood will start to take McGowan's advice, begin to find sexism unacceptable and enforce change. McGowan’s voice is valuable in a fight to make things better. Watch the whole interview below.