Rose McGowan Citizen Rose Documentary
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Rose McGowan’s deeply personal documentary, Citizen Rose, focuses on her fight for justice 20 years after her alleged sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein. It’s premiering this week, just four months after Harvey was first accused of misconduct by an industry-altering exposé in The New York Times, and it’s a beacon of change that the world needs to see right now, before even a shred of momentum is lost.
Straight-up, Citizen Rose is brutal viewing. It’s so real and raw that you almost want to look away sometimes, to give Rose privacy as she dissects the moments in her life that have set her on this path. Beneath the vulnerability though, Rose must surely be one of the bravest women we know of. You get a sense that she’s got strength she didn’t know she possessed until it was forced on her — and now she’s unstoppable.
The #TimesUp and #MeToo movements are gathering steam every day, and Citizen Rose is essential viewing if you want to feel the full force of the change women like Rose are trying to enact.
We learned so much in just the first part of the documentary — in particular, the passages below will stay with us for the longest time.
“Being brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared. It just means you’ll do it anyway.”
“I had a 10 a.m. meeting in the restaurant. The maitre’d said, ‘Oh, he’s not ready yet, they want you to go up to his office. He’s still on a call.’ [I said] ‘OK!’ I get up there. Two male assistants come out. I’m like, ‘Good morning!’ all chipper. They wouldn’t look at my face. I was like, ‘Well they’re not very friendly.’ I go in. I had an MTV camera crew following me; it was supposed to be Rose McGowan: a Day in the Life. I turned to the cameras right as I was going in to the hotel and I said, ‘I think my life is finally getting easier.’ And that haunted me. Because I thought, ‘Goddammit, I jinxed myself. Goddammit, Rose.'”
“It’s been a really lonely road, and nobody . . . He treated me like dirt. I get to turn on the TV and see Gwyneth Paltrow giving him humanitarian awards. I open the paper, there’s his face. I go to the movies, there’s his name. This town adulates him. It’s disgusting. It has to end.”
The cult I was born into, Children of God — I’d look at the women worshipping the men and I couldn’t understand why. My life has taken me from one cult to another: Hollywood. I was young when I was discovered and all of a sudden, there was the spotlight.”
“Today felt like I’m slowly releasing masses of stress that I’ve had on me for 20 years. I had this giant thing attached to me for 20 years and it feels like, for the first time, it’s getting off of me.”
“The very sweet, very innocent person that I was did get killed [that day], yeah. But they built a motherf*cking beast and they built a problem. And I’m that problem.”
“The fact that I’m even here talking to you right now — I’d say it’s a miracle but it’s absolutely not because I did it. I have hung on, I have persevered, I’ve been playing a long range game of chess. Long range. Because if you guys have ever known anything about me, anything at all — if you’re like, ‘Huh. Who’s that, who’s that kind of weirdo?’ — do you ever wonder why you think that? Do you ever wonder who’s telling you that? Do you ever wonder who’s paying them to tell you that? It’s totally done to you through media, through propaganda and sh*t. It’s totally obvious. You’ve just never really had someone from the other side telling you the truth.”
Part one of the five-part documentary Citizen Rose is available to watch now on hayu, with the other four segments to be released over the coming months.