Rose McGowan Defends Her 1998 MTV VMA Appearance

by Jeremy Spirogis
Rose McGowan

In 2020, Rose McGowan’s main work has been her advocacy towards sexual assault, ramped up for the reason that 2017 Harvey Weinstein case and the rise of the #MeToo motion. McGowan additionally makes headlines when she argues with former Charmed costar Alyssa Milano on Twitter. Back in 1998, McGowan used the MTV Video Music Awards to make an announcement, and likewise made her personal headlines with the MTV VMAs.

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Rose McGowan | Jane Barlow/PA Images through Getty Images

The MTV VMAs might be totally different in 2020, due to coronavirus (COVID-19) security protocols. McGowan gave Yahoo! an interview throughout which she mirrored on her 1998 look with fashionable eyes. 

Rose McGowan by no means preferred pink carpets

Red Carpets have been a obligatory evil of McGowan’s job. As the star of movies like Scream and Grindhouse, McGowan must stroll the pink carpet, pose for footage and provides interviews, however she hated it. Likewise at awards exhibits just like the MTV VMAs.

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Rose McGowan | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Variety Magazine

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“You have these big men, a hundred of them yelling at the top of their voice trying to get you to look at them,” McGowan instructed Yahoo!. “Your body doesn’t understand why it’s being screamed at and aggressed on. I’m like, ‘I feel like I’m being shot with guns right now.’”

Rose McGowan attended the VMAs with Marilyn Manson in 1998

In 1998, McGowan was courting singer Marilyn Manson. While attending the MTV VMAs as a pair, she wore a see by means of costume to make an announcement. In 1998, she had not spoken out about precisely what occurred with Weinstein.

“It was my first big public appearance after being sexually assaulted,” McGowan mentioned. “I simply felt like, ‘Oh Hollywood, would you want a body just that you can use and throw away? Then I’ve obtained one for you!’ It was like on the finish of Gladiator when he comes out and he’s like, ‘Are you not entertained?’”

McGowan didn’t intend to titillate along with her revealing costume, nevertheless.

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Marilyn Manson and Rose McGowan | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

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Did folks get the message?

McGowan mentioned she incurred lots of unfavorable response for her look on the VMAs. It was overwhelming on the time.

“It was kind of hard,” McGowan mentioned. “I hadn’t really ever dealt with global media shaming. But it prepared me for later on it happening to me a whole bunch. It was also like, ‘Sorry you’re square and I’m not bummer.”

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With 2020 eyes, McGowan has discovered different methods to make her statements. Would she rethink her 1998 VMA costume?

“I’m like, ‘Why did I do that?’” McGowan mentioned. “I’ve had to look at that. When you do stuff sometimes on instinct and in a mood, like when a mood overtakes you on, you analyze what it was that brought you to that mood or that choice. So, I’ve certainly had a lot of time to analyze and I’m looking at the timeline. But I completely understand why I did what I did.”

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