Sally Field has blasted a street artist for creating controversial posters suggesting Meryl Streep knew about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior.
Earlier this week (begs18Dec17), conservative guerrilla artist Sabo put up posters in the Los Angeles area of a smiling Meryl posing for a picture besides Weinstein, covering her eyes with a red bar and the words “She knew”, suggesting that she was aware of the sexual harassment, assault or rape allegations made against the disgraced producer but chose to keep quiet.
Forrest Gump actress Sally took to Twitter to share a news report about the posters and blasted a woman being blamed for the actions of men.
“We as women CANNOT allow women to take the blame for the misdeeds of these repugnant men,” she tweeted. “There were whole systems in place to keep Meryl and others from ever knowing about HW. That was his way of operating. To claim otherwise is ignorant and counter productive… This is a system, I might add, that has been in place for generations. Lets stand up for each other. Not turn on each other.”
Multiple Oscar winner Meryl came under fire from Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan earlier this week for saying she was going to wear black to the Golden Globes to acknowledge the harassment scandal sweeping Hollywood. Rose lashed out on Twitter, calling Meryl a hypocrite and saying her “silence is the problem”.
The Post star responded with a statement saying she was hurt by Rose’s tweet and insisted she was not “deliberately silent”, adding, “Not every actor, actress, and director who made films that HW distributed knew he abused women, or that he raped Rose in the 90s, other women before and others after, until they told us”.
Music icon Cher also weighed into the controversy, asking why Meryl is coming under fire, not the men who have been accused of harassment or have made poor comments about the scandal.
“For real w/defaming Meryl Streep over Harvey Weinstein? Not Harvey, not Matt Damon or Ben Affleck or Harvey’s brother, business partners, enablers, OR ANY MAN that’s worked w/ him & admitted hearing ‘rumors’. MERYL STREEP. Cuz (sic) it’s always a woman’s fault, right?” she wrote.