The Harvey Weinstein scandal continues to rock Hollywood, and now different stars are getting caught up within the controversy. Actress Rose McGowan, who settled a sexual harassment swimsuit with Weinstein in 1997 for $100,000, accused Ben Affleck of mendacity this week when he claimed he had no information of Weinstein’s misdeeds.
Whereas Affleck has not responded to McGowan’s feedback, in a sadly predictable twist McGowan was punished for talking out. She introduced on Instagram final evening that she had been suspended from Twitter for 12 hours. She additionally requested her “Rose Military” to “be (her) voice” whereas she was barred from tweeting.
McGowan’s account was “unlocked” this morning—Twitter mentioned it was solely suspended within the first place as a result of certainly one of her tweets included a non-public telephone quantity.
“Twitter is proud to empower and help the voices on our platform, particularly those who communicate fact to energy,” the location mentioned in an announcement. “We stand with the courageous ladies and men who use Twitter to share their tales, and can work laborious day by day to enhance our processes to guard these voices.”
But it surely was too late—the ladies of Twitter had already sprung into motion and deliberate a protest which, although casual, may have an effect on the social community’s backside line.
Utilizing the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter, feminine Twitter customers (together with many male ones) introduced that they might keep off the platform tomorrow in solidarity with McGowan.
Many individuals utilizing the hashtag famous that President Donald Trump’s unstable Twitter feed continues to be energetic, whereas an actress who spoke up for herself acquired booted with no warning.
Others reached out to feminine Twitter customers with giant followings, together with Katy Perry, Girl Gaga, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Ellen DeGeneres, asking them to hitch the motion. None have responded but, nonetheless.
Heidi N. Moore, an editor and guide who was among the many first to undertake the boycott concept, advised the Observer that it was meant to focus on the “appalling abuse” focused at ladies on Twitter.
“So long as customers are offering the content material on social platforms, and these platforms profit by promoting that spotlight that these customers generate, then it is smart that the customers ought to get a measure of respect,” she mentioned. “Abuse in opposition to ladies is a longstanding drawback on social platforms, and it’s not being addressed. It may be and it must be.”
Certainly, Moore mentioned that radio silence on Twitter may ship a louder message than a lot of 140 character missives.
“Many ladies have realized it’s harmful or ‘unbecoming’ to talk their minds or flag abuse,” she mentioned. “If they simply keep off the platform for a day, no phrases are actually wanted.”