President* Donald Trump has tweeted insults against Democrats and Republicans, thinly veiled threats at the media, and even taunts about North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un. Many users have openly called for Twitter to suspend his account so this reckless, nuke-loving moron doesn’t tweet us into World War III. But hey, actress/advocate Rose McGowan was getting pretty uppity. So while Twitter acts helpless in the face of Trump tweets and wave upon wave of white supremacists using their website to spread misinformation, hatred and terror, Twitter suspended McGowan, probably because she cursed at Batman.
In the wake of the repulsive Harvey Weinstein revelations, McGowan has not only spoken out about her assault at the hands of the studio exec, but also become one the most vocal in her criticisms of his colleagues. She’s denounced celebrities who claim they knew nothing of Weinstein’s reputation for harassment and assault, and has repeatedly called for the firing of the entire Weinstein Company board. Apparently something in there violated Twitter’s mysterious guidelines. McGowan posted about her suspension on Instagram.
Notably, Twitter did not inform McGowan which of her tweets got her suspended. Which is suspect considering that when you report a Twitter account, users HAVE to select a tweet or several. So let’s investigate. Twitter is fine with these tweets from Trump:
And you can search just about any slur to find a bevy of tweets Twitter’s also totally cool with. Now admittedly, not every use of a slur is insulting. Context matters. Like here:
Now, McGowan might not be able to use her account, but it’s still live. So let’s look at her recent tweets, and try to determine which was a bridge too far for Twitter.
TWC You don’t get to change your company name & be done with it. Every man there has the blood of sorrow on their hands. You are dirty.— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 10, 2017
now imagine his huge size, his monster face/body closing in on you. In one second your life path is not yours. You have been stolen. https://t.co/92Gj6dZWu0— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 10, 2017
The boogie monster of our waking nightmare has been toppled with our flaming sword— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 10, 2017
Dear most of Hollywood, this is happening. You cannot sweep this under the rug. Support vocally or you will forever have an * in history. pic.twitter.com/o8dBZ59WFf— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 10, 2017
Donna Karan you are a DEPLORABLE Aiding and abetting is a moral crime. You are scum in a fancy dress pic.twitter.com/Vze7lnpdvj— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 10, 2017
Bob Weinstein is a POS. They allllll knew. pic.twitter.com/zWJZf52ywq— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 11, 2017
Ben Affleck fuck off— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 10, 2017
Ben Affleck Casey Affleck, how’s your morning boys?— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 9, 2017
Let’s do this pic.twitter.com/wm0Z8elkHE— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 9, 2017
One last note. Some have suggested that there’s a fine/dumb line on Twitter where you can say “Fuck you, Ben Affleck,” but you can’t say, “Fuck you, @BenAffleck.” If you @ someone with profanities, you get suspended. But here’s the counterpoint to that argument. The Tick’s Griffin Newman tweets this at Trump once every day.
.@realDonaldTrump Fuck you.— Griffin Halloweenman (@GriffLightning) October 11, 2017
Seriously, every day. Did he get suspended ever? Nope. He pointed out this crass double standard here:
Note, however, that it’s been 12 hours, which is to say, the suspension lapsed. It wasn’t lifted.