American actress Rose McGowan was the star of the US television series Charmed, as well as a host of indie films.
She’s sparked controversy.
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Ms McGowan has taken aim at gay men, claiming they are more misogynistic than their straight counterparts. Speaking to American Psycho author Brett Easton Ellis on his podcast, she said: “Gay men are as misogynistic as straight men, if not more so. I have an indictment of the gay community right now. I’m actually really upset with them.”
She went on: “I think it’s what happens to you as a group when you are starting to get most of what you fought for. What do you do now. What I hope they would do is extend a hand to women. Women, by-and-large, have very much helped the gay community get to where they are today. I see now people who have basically fought for the right to stand on top of a float wearing an orange speedo.”
What prompted this?
The actress, who has previously campaigned for LGBT rights, made the comments while discussing the recent boycott of the Brunei-owned Dorchester Hotel chain by celebrities opposed to the country’s homophobic laws. She described those who took part, including the writer and actor Stephen Fry, as “delusional idiots”.
Isn’t Brett gay?
Indeed he is. Earlier in the podcast Easton Ellis, who is gay but has previously criticised mainstream LGBT activist groups, described the boycott of the Dorchester Hotel chain as a “form of narcissistic, self-victimisation, gay insanity”.
And LGBT groups?
Last night, LGBT charity Stonewall said that McGowan’s comments seemed to be “based on a skewed version of reality” and “undermine the equality” that men and women – gay or straight – have fought for. Less than charmed, then.