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Tweetstorm: Amber Tamblyn, Rose McGowan, And How To Disagree On Social Media

By Tori Preston | Celebrity | December 18, 2017 |

By Tori Preston | Celebrity | December 18, 2017 |

It started on Saturday, with a tweet that Rose McGowan has since deleted:


Only it didn’t start there. Not really. It started with honesty, and bravery, and #MeToo-ery. It started with the silence breakers who just made it onto the cover of Time Magazine. In this new world order, we’re all agreed on what’s wrong (harassers and abusers), but it seems we’re not entirely on the same page about what’s right. How do we, as feminists, proceed? Now that we ARE speaking up and speaking out — what will we raise our voices about?

Rose McGowan has been one of the most vocal presences on social media, speaking up for accountability on behalf of her #rosearmy. But she puts her focus on the hypocrisy that has condoned the victimizers as much as the victimizers themselves, and that is where she can sometimes court controversy. Even earlier last week she came not only for Meryl, but for her Charmed co-star Alyssa Milano (another vocal #MeToo presence), who has spoken out in support of Harvey Weinstein’s estranged wife, Marchesa co-founder Georgina Chapman:

Though Rose has the support of multitudes, it seems she isn’t above criticism — even from her friends. This weekend Amber Tamblyn, another outspoken feminist, posted a Twitter thread addressing her feelings about Rose’s recent stances.

Of course, this lead to more confrontations, with others including Asia Argento and ANOTHER Charmed actor, Holly Marie Combs, responding to Amber:

The whole thread is interesting, with responders taking both sides of the issue. Where does taking a stand turn into bullying? How can we support each other while still finding healthy ways to disagree on the finer points of the issues? Amber’s message may have been what convinced Rose to remove her initial tweet, but this likely won’t be the last time we’ll see disagreements between people who ostensibly agree.

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Tori Preston is deputy editor of Pajiba. She rarely tweets here but she promises she reads all the submissions for the "Ask Pajiba (Almost) Anything" column at [email protected]. You can also listen to her weekly TV podcast, Podjiba