Rose McGowan calls out Oprah Winfrey: 'She is as fake as they come'

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Rose McGowan Calls Out Oprah Winfrey for Being as "Fake as They Come"

Yahoo Entertainment 31 August, 2021 - 04:51pm

On Sunday, Aug. 29, the actress spoke out about her mistrust of Oprah in a tweet, which included a photo of the TV personality kissing disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein on the cheek. The picture was taken at the 2014 Critics' Choice Movie Awards. 

Rose wrote alongside the photo, "I am glad more are seeing the ugly truth of @Oprah. I wish she were real, but she isn't. From being pals with Weinstein to abandoning & destroying Russell Simmon's [sic] victims, she is about supporting a sick power structure for personal gain, she is as fake as they come. #lizard."

E! News reached out to McGowan's and Wnfrey's respective reps for comment.

The early #MeToo activist shared her opinion after one of Oprah's past interviews with Dolly Parton went viral over the weekend. Social media users discussed Oprah's questions, including one in which she asked the country artist, "You've been open that you've had some work done, some tucks and pulls and sucks."

Dolly jovially replied, "Yes, I have and I'll have some more when I need them."

The two women also discussed Parton's experience with depression, with Oprah remarking that she heard Dolly went into a "huge depression" when she turned 40. 

"That wasn't cause I turned 40, it was cause I was fat and 40," the Steel Magnolias actress joked, before adding, "I really had a lot of problems at that time, a lot of female problems. Just hormones... But I'm okay now, it was one of the best things to ever happen to me because it made me take inventory."

A Twitter user remarked, "I feel like Oprah wanted her to be embarrassed but ms dolly said nope."

In January 2020, Oprah announced she would no longer be an executive producer on a then-untitled documentary from Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, which highlighted the stories of Simmons' accusers. She cited her opinion that "there is more work to be done on the film to illuminate the full scope of what the victims endured, and it has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in that creative vision."

"I have great respect for their mission but given the filmmakers' desire to premiere the film at the Sundance Film Festival before I believe it is complete, I feel it's best to step aside," she continued. "I will be working with Time's Up to support the victims and those impacted by abuse and sexual harassment."

From 2017 to 2019, Simmons was accused of rape and sexual misconduct by at least 15 women. 

Jennifer Jarosik accused the producer of rape in a January 2018 lawsuit but she and Simmons filed a joint stipulation of dismissal with prejudice in April. At the time of Jarosik's filing, Simmons issued a statement, saying in part, "This allegation is absolutely untrue. I look forward to having my day in court—where, unlike the court of public opinion, I will have the ability to make use of fair processes that ensure that justice will be done and that the full truth will be known."

A Jane Doe went on to accuse the producer of rape in a separate lawsuit. However, the case was dismissed by the judge because of the statute of limitations. 

In a previous statement addressing Doe's accusations, Simmons told E! News, in part, "I vehemently deny all these allegations. These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual."

Regarding Oprah's prior friendship with Weinstein, the talk-show host said she "didn't know" about his alleged behavior toward women, including McGowan, who accused the producer of rape, but acknowledged knowing about his notoriously aggressive style. "I was in Chicago, in my own little world, but what I knew about Harvey was that Harvey was a bully and that if Harvey's on the phone," she explained in 2018, "you didn't want to take the call because you're going to get bullied in some way." 

Harvey has since been found guilty of rape in the third degree and criminal sexual act in the first degree. He's currently facing additional charges in a Los Angeles court, and has pleaded not guilty.

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Rose McGowan Goes On Unprecedented Twitter Rant Against Oprah Winfrey, Calls Media Personality A 'Lizard'

Radar Online 31 August, 2021 - 03:49pm

Aug. 31 2021, Published 4:49 p.m. ET

Relentless Rose McGowan has decided to make Oprah Winfrey her next enemy.

The 47-year-old actress and sexual assault survivor took to Twitter on Sunday to trash the 67-year-old media personality, who is also a sexual assault survivor.

In the unprecedented rant, McGowan accused Winfrey of being fake, being friends with exiled movie producer Harvey Weinstein and somehow "destroying" disgraced music producer Russell Simmons' alleged victims.

The vile message was accompanied by an undated photo of a younger-looking Oprah kissing a younger-looking Harvey on the cheek at what appeared to be some sort of event or awards show.

"I am glad more are seeing the ugly truth of @Oprah," Rose posted and pinned to her page on Aug. 29, tagging the best-selling author and former talk show host. "I wish she were real, but she isn't."

"From being pals with Weinstein to abandoning & destroying Russell Simmon's [sic] victims, she is about supporting a sick power structure for personal gain," she continued. "She is as fake as they come."

McGowan went on to add, "#lizard," which – according to the internet – is "a metaphor for bad leadership and a culture of followership that doesn't feel capable of calling out."

Weinstein – whose lengthy list of alleged sexual assaults dates back to the 1970s – was the catalyst for the far-reaching #MeToo movement, which began in October of 2017 and has since helped hold abusers of power across all industries accountable for sexual harassment and misconduct.

McGowan was one of the first of dozens of alleged victims to publicly come forward with claims against Weinstein, who was found guilty of two felonies last February and will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Aside from the seemingly years-old image of Harvey and Oprah, it is unclear what kind of relationship – if any – they had or have.

Meanwhile, Simmons' reputation is almost identical to that of Weinstein; the ex-husband of Baby Phat designer Kimora Lee Simmons has been accused of rape and sexual misconduct by 20 different women.

Winfrey's ties to Simmons are a little more clear, though they still don't seem to merit the messaging put out by McGowan.

Last year, Oprah was set to executive produce a documentary about Russell's alleged sexual misconduct; however, she ended up backing out of the project because she said she and the film's directors could not agree upon how to tell the women's stories.

"I have decided that I will no longer be executive producer on the untitled Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering documentary, and it will not air on Apple TV+," Winfrey said in a statement in January 2020.

"I want it to be known that I unequivocally believe and support the women," she added at the time. "Their stories deserve to be told and heard. In my opinion, there is more work to be done on the film to illuminate the full scope of what the victims endured, and it has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in that creative vision."

Rose McGowan Torches 'As Fake As They Come' Oprah Winfrey

The MIX 31 August, 2021 - 02:18pm

Actress Rose McGowan took to Twitter this week to call out billionaire mogul Oprah Winfrey for her past friendship with disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

McGowan is one of many women who have accused Weinstein of raping her. 

I am glad more are seeing the ugly truth of Oprah,” McGowan wrote. “I wish she were real, but she isn’t. From being pals with Weinstein to abandoning & destroying Russell Simmon’s victims, she is about supporting a sick power structure for personal gain, she is as fake as they come. #lizard.”

I am glad more are seeing the ugly truth of @Oprah. I wish she were real, but she isn’t. From being pals with Weinstein to abandoning & destroying Russell Simmon’s victims, she is about supporting a sick power structure for personal gain, she is as fake as they come. #lizard pic.twitter.com/RCuXNpWCU0

— Rose 🌊McGowan (@rosemcgowan) August 29, 2021

This comes one year after Oprah stepped down as executive producer of Russell Simmons’ #MeToo documentary because she felt “there is more work to be done on the film to illuminate the full scope of what the victims endured, and it has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in that creative vision.”

“I want it to be known that I unequivocally believe and support the women. Their stories deserve to be told and heard,” she told The Hollywood Reporter at the time.

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Oprah starred in the 2013 movie The Butler, which was distributed by Weinstein’s media company.

After Weinstein was accused of sexual assault, Oprah said that she was “friendly with Harvey” but “didn’t know any of this was going on.”

She also appeared to try to shift the focus away from Weinstein. 

“Everybody has a story and so I think this is a watershed moment. If we make this just about Harvey Weinstein, then we will have lost this moment,” she said at the time. 

You can hear what Oprah has to say right here:

Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence for rape and sexual assault. He was recently extradited to Los Angeles, where he is due to face trial on even more sex crime charges.

Earlier this month, McGowan spoke out against the organization Time’s Up after it was revealed that CEO and President Tina Tchen, who has since stepped down, gave guidance to then-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in his sexual harassment scandal. 

“Remember when Hollywood actresses & paid off activists wore stupid black dresses at the Oscars? That was sponsored by Times Up who were meant to help abuse victims I told the world they are a lie 3+ years ago,” McGowan said in a statement, according to Fox News

“I was mocked & harassed by so many who want to believe the illusion,” she continued. “Wake up. Hard truths are inconvenient & uncomfortable. So what, suck it up.”

McGowan is one of the few stars that is brave enough to speak out against the liberal establishment that runs the entertainment industry. 

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Rose McGowan Torches 'As Fake As They Come' Oprah Winfrey

The Post Millennial 31 August, 2021 - 02:18pm

Actress Rose McGowan took to Twitter this week to call out billionaire mogul Oprah Winfrey for her past friendship with disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

McGowan is one of many women who have accused Weinstein of raping her. 

I am glad more are seeing the ugly truth of Oprah,” McGowan wrote. “I wish she were real, but she isn’t. From being pals with Weinstein to abandoning & destroying Russell Simmon’s victims, she is about supporting a sick power structure for personal gain, she is as fake as they come. #lizard.”

I am glad more are seeing the ugly truth of @Oprah. I wish she were real, but she isn’t. From being pals with Weinstein to abandoning & destroying Russell Simmon’s victims, she is about supporting a sick power structure for personal gain, she is as fake as they come. #lizard pic.twitter.com/RCuXNpWCU0

— Rose 🌊McGowan (@rosemcgowan) August 29, 2021

This comes one year after Oprah stepped down as executive producer of Russell Simmons’ #MeToo documentary because she felt “there is more work to be done on the film to illuminate the full scope of what the victims endured, and it has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in that creative vision.”

“I want it to be known that I unequivocally believe and support the women. Their stories deserve to be told and heard,” she told The Hollywood Reporter at the time.

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Oprah starred in the 2013 movie The Butler, which was distributed by Weinstein’s media company.

After Weinstein was accused of sexual assault, Oprah said that she was “friendly with Harvey” but “didn’t know any of this was going on.”

She also appeared to try to shift the focus away from Weinstein. 

“Everybody has a story and so I think this is a watershed moment. If we make this just about Harvey Weinstein, then we will have lost this moment,” she said at the time. 

You can hear what Oprah has to say right here:

Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence for rape and sexual assault. He was recently extradited to Los Angeles, where he is due to face trial on even more sex crime charges.

Earlier this month, McGowan spoke out against the organization Time’s Up after it was revealed that CEO and President Tina Tchen, who has since stepped down, gave guidance to then-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in his sexual harassment scandal. 

“Remember when Hollywood actresses & paid off activists wore stupid black dresses at the Oscars? That was sponsored by Times Up who were meant to help abuse victims I told the world they are a lie 3+ years ago,” McGowan said in a statement, according to Fox News

“I was mocked & harassed by so many who want to believe the illusion,” she continued. “Wake up. Hard truths are inconvenient & uncomfortable. So what, suck it up.”

McGowan is one of the few stars that is brave enough to speak out against the liberal establishment that runs the entertainment industry. 

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Star Trek: Prodigy Reveals Title Sequence With Michael Giacchino Theme, Two New Villains

Fox News 31 August, 2021 - 01:46pm

"Star Trek: Prodigy," a new animated series geared toward kids, follows six alien teenagers who steal a Starfleet vessel, the U.S.S. Protostar. The motley crew will have adventures across the galaxy, helped in part by "Star Trek: Voyager" lead Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) in hologram form. And while the teens aren't part of Starfleet, they will learn about the ideals of the Federation through their travels and travails. 

During the Paramount+ TCA presentation today, we also learned they'll be facing off against at least two alien bad guys — The Diviner (voiced by John Noble) and Drednok (voiced by Jimmi Simpson). Creators and executive producers Kevin and Dan Hageman revealed a first look at these villains and unveiled the show's main title sequence, which includes a theme from Academy Award winner Michael Giacchino, who also crafted the scores for the three most recent "Star Trek" movies. Check them out below.

We've already had a trailer and a first look image of the alien teens in "Star Trek: Prodigy," and we now also know what the main title sequence will look and sound like. The video above reveals the series' main title sequence and a score that evokes the "Star Trek" franchise while also giving a fun, youthful spin to the show. We see the U.S.S. Protostar set a course through space, flying by a giant eye, a giant robot, and an area full of purple bubbles. 

"I am excited that I had the opportunity to write the main theme for Kevin and Dan's latest project, and as always am thrilled to be a part of the 'Star Trek' family," Michael Giacchino said in a statement. "I'm especially looking forward to everyone hearing the incredible work of composer Nami Melumad, who will take the reins of scoring the episodes. Not only is she extremely talented, she is a true 'Star Trek' fan."

The show's TCA panel included voice cast members Kate Mulgrew (Hologram Janeway), Brett Gray (Dal), Ella Purnell (Gwyn), John Noble (The Diviner) and Jimmi Simpson (Drednok), as well as executive producers Kevin and Dan Hageman, Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin and director/co-executive producer Ben Hibon. President of Nickelodeon Animation Ramsey Naito was also part of the discussion.

In addition to discussing their excitement for the series, Paramount+ also shared first look images of Drednok and The Diviner, which you can check out below:

How these villains will clash with the motley crew of teenagers on the U.S.S. Protostar remains to be seen. The good news is we won't have to wait too long to find out.

"Star Trek: Prodigy" will premiere on Paramount+ sometime this fall.

Rose McGowan blasts Oprah Winfrey as 'as fake as they come'

Daily Mail 31 August, 2021 - 12:59pm

By Carly Stern For Dailymail.com

The latest celebrity to to land in Rose McGowan's crosshairs in none other than Oprah Winfrey — who the Charmed star is calling 'as fake as they come.'

On Sunday, the 47-year-old actress slammed Oprah, 67, while posting a Twitter photo of the mogul kissing the cheek of convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein.

'I am glad more are seeing the ugly truth of @Oprah. I wish she were real, but she isn’t,' she wrote. 

'From being pals with Weinstein to abandoning & destroying Russell Simmon’s [sic] victims, she is about supporting a sick power structure for personal gain, she is as fake as they come,' she said, adding the hashtag #lizard.

Feud: Rose McGowan has called Oprah Winfrey 'as fake as they come' in a Twitter attack

Enemy number one: She included this 2014 photo of Oprah with Harvey Weinstein at the 19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards

'I am glad more are seeing the ugly truth of Oprah. I wish she were real, but she isn’t,' she wrote

McGowan has pinned the tweet to her timeline, though she hasn't offered any more details or context.

Her allegation that 'more are seeing the ugly truth' of Oprah seems to be in response to a clip of a 2003 interview she conducted with Dolly Parton, which resurfaced on Twitter on August 28.

In the clip, Oprah asked the country star how she is 'defying age,' to which Dolly joked: 'I'm a cartoon, so I just look the same all the time.'

Oprah responded that Dolly has been open about getting work done, which the star confirms with a laugh — and adds that she'll get more when she feels she needs to.

Watching the clip now, some Twitter users have expressed criticism of Oprah the line of questioning.

Oprah described her relationship with Weinstein as 'friendly' but also called him a bully and insisted she had no idea about the sexual abuse

Like history: McGowan has continued to make her feelings known by liking several comments

'I feel like oprah wanted her to be embarrassed but ms dolly said “nope,”' wrote one. 

'Oprah looked so salty when she couldn’t get her to react how she wanted.. Lmaoo,' commented another.

'The sad part is as I look back on a lot of interviews by Oprah, she was asking backhanded questions with the intention of humiliating her guests,' said a third.

As for the Russell Simmons barb, McGowan appears to be referring to the 2020 documentary On the Record, which covered sexual misconduct allegations against the Def Jam Recordings and Phat Farm founder.

Oprah had stepped down as executive producer, saying there 'is more work to be done on the film to illuminate the full scope of what the victims endured, and it has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in that creative vision.'

While McGowan seems to be implying that Oprah didn't support the accusers, the talk show host had told The Hollywood Reporter at the time: 'I want it to be known that I unequivocally believe and support the women. Their stories deserve to be told and heard.' 

McGowan has accused Weinstein of assaulting her when she was 23 in 1997 (pictured in 2007)

Flashback: McGowan seems to be reacting to a resurfaced 2003 clip of Oprah interviewing Dolly Parton; Oprah is getting some flack on Twitter for her line of questioning

McGowan has continued to make her feelings known by liking several comments, including one reading: '@Oprah is a swamp creature of the highest magnitude. Barf.'  

'Love lots of people seen her for who she was,' read another comment that McGowan retweeted. 'The problem is those that saw her for who she was just happened to be poor. It wasn't until you spoke out & never backed down that it became widely known. You gapped the bridges between the poor and the elites by exposing the corrupt.' 

Another comment she liked read: 'Disgusting. All about power and money. Probably afraid to come out and lose her millions.'

McGowan has publicly criticized Oprah before.

Speaking to DailyMail.com in 2018, she revealed that she was offered the chance to have an interview with Oprah to tell her story, but was immediately cautious due to the talk show host's past friendship with Weinstein.

Oprah has said on several occasions that she had no knowledge of Weinstein's sexual abuse

The Charmed actress said: 'No way was that going to happen! No thank you.' 

Oprah has said on several occasions that she had no knowledge of Weinstein's sexual abuse.

She did call him a bully in a 2018 podcast, and described their relationship as 'friendly.'

'I was in Chicago, in my own little world, but what I knew about Harvey was that Harvey was a bully and that if Harvey’s on the phone, you didn’t want to take the call because you’re going to get bullied in some way,' she said on the Goop podcast. 

'Was I friendly with Harvey? Yes, I was friendly with Harvey. Was I in association with Harvey for the "Butler" movie? Yes, but of course I didn’t know any of this was going on,' she said.

She also called out his 'hideous behavior' in a 2017 Facebook post. 

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