Vastavam web: Actor-activist Rose McGowan, one of the first women to accuse Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of rape, today likened the sexual assault to a “theft” that stole her life and made her a “passenger” in her own body.McGowan, who was seen tearing up while recounting her experience, said Hollywood and Bollywood were “propaganda machines” set up by men in power.”Rape is theft. I was stolen. My life was stolen. It is a crime. For years, I became a passenger in my own body. And I am not the only one because after every #MeToo out there, there is a #IDidIt,” she said at the HT Leadership Summit here.
The 44-year-old actor, best known for her TV show “Charmed” and the film “Scream”, said, “I believe this is a huge floodgate opening that will extend to the judicial process.”I think the mindset is changing. I work in a heavily male-dominated field. It is not just the firing… When you strip them of the power, in their mind it is the worst thing.” She added that abuse is not just limited to showbiz because the film industry is a microcosm of the world.In her opening remarks at the session, preceded by business mogul Mukesh Ambani and former US president Barack Obama before that, she said the empty hall was “interesting” and spoke “volumes about how women are treated in the world and India as well”.
Asked a specific question about Weinstein, she said people in the media are equally complicit in propagating a false narrative.”It is not just a Hollywood problem, this is upper management problem at all levels. It is anybody with power and who abuses it,” she said.The actor said there was need to break the circle of “exclusionary practices” that keep women out of power.”In a house, there is a woman running a family, would it not follow that she would be effective in running a board room. It is just the exclusionary practices. You just need to look at people for their skill set.” “I would love everyone to get us being beyond male and female and get us back to humanity. The only way we can do this is to address things, have real conversations and I just wanted to have a conversation with the world so let us…. I know we can change things, I believe in us,” she said.