Rose McGowan calls Oprah ‘fake as they come’ over 'being pals' with Weinstein
ROSE McGowan has hit out at Oprah Winfrey, branding her as "fake as they come" in a scathing tweet over "being pals" with Harvey Weinstein.
The actress blasted the talk show host as she shared a photo of Winfrey kissing the cheek of disgraced Hollywood producer Weinstein at the 2014 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.
McGowan – an early #MeToo activist who accused Weinstein of rape – wrote how she's happy people are "seeing the ugly truth" about the popular talk show host.
She tweeted: "I am glad more are seeing the ugly truth of @Oprah.
"I wish she were real, but she isn’t. From being pals with Weinstein to abandoning & destroying Russell Simmon’s victims, she is about supporting a sick power structure for personal gain, she is as fake as they come. #lizard".
It's not clear exactly what prompted the outspoken star to call out the beloved TV personality.
McGowan also criticised Oprah for her links to record executive/producer Russell Simmons who is fighting multiple allegations of rape and sexual misconduct.
I am glad more are seeing the ugly truth of Oprah. I wish she were real, but she isn’t
He has been accused of more than a dozen cases of sexual assault or misconduct since November 2017.
In January 2020, Oprah, 67, announced she was stepping down as executive producer of a documentary that highlighted the stories of Simmons' accusers.
She claimed she felt “there is more work to be done on the film to illuminate the full scope of what the victims endured, and it has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in that creative vision”.
She added: “I will be working with Time’s Up to support the victims and those impacted by abuse and sexual harassment.”
McGowan's allegation that "more are seeing the ugly truth" of Oprah seems to refer to a clip of a 2003 interview she conducted with Dolly Parton, which resurfaced on Twitter over the weekend.
In the clip, Oprah asked the country star how she is "defying age", to which Dolly joked: "I'm a cartoon, so I just look the same all the time."
Oprah responded that Dolly has been open about getting "some work done, some tucks and pulls and sucks", which the star confirms with a laugh — and adds that she'll get more when she feels she needs to.
Watching the clip now, some Twitter users have expressed criticism of Oprah's line of questioning, as well as her relationship with Weinstein and Simmons.
In a podcast in 2018, Oprah spoke about her past friendship with Weinstein – who is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence for two rape convictions.
She admitted she was "friendly with Harvey" but said she "didn't know" about the allegations against the producer at the time, but acknowledged she knew he was a "bully".
The Sun Online has contacted Oprah's UK representative for comment.
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