Short Take: The Scent of a Rose

The woman who revealed Harvey Weinstein’s debauchery and abuse of power as star-maker saw an extraordinary fall from grace after being confronted by a transgender woman at a Barnes & Noble talk.

Sides aligned. Some call the transgender woman, Andi Dier, a heckler who attacked her. Some say she challenged McGowan, who lost it. Allegations were made that Dier was a paid provocateur, and that McGowan feared that Weinstein was trying to assassinate her.

In the course of a few minutes, McGowan became the foremost enemy of some social justice warriors. Another branch, characterized as “RadFem” or “TERF,” starting a smear campaign against the transgender person, and others delighted in the left devouring itself. Was she brave?

The moment Rose McGowan unleashed on a transgender protester in an on-stage meltdown at a book reading on Wednesday two days before she canceled all public appearances has been captured in video.

The outburst happened at Barnes & Noble in Manhattan’s Union Square on Wednesday evening as McGowan gave a reading from her new book, Brave.

Among the crowd of fans was an Andi Dier, an angry transgender woman who attacked McGowan for not campaigning for the rights of trans women.

To appreciate Dier’s complaint of McGowan, one has to recognize the argument used by women to manipulate weak and guilt-ridden men. It’s not enough, dear ally, to merely not rape. You must further dedicate yourself to the cause or you are “complicit.” And just as men are complicit for failing to adequately support women, women with vaginas are complicit for failing to support women without vaginas. And within each pairing of victims, the one more marginalized blames the one more privileged for their failure to do enough for them.

McGowan failed to meet Dier’s expectations and was castigated for her complicity. McGown, in a tirade, refused to accept the narrative, and added on more victim points of her own, which somehow failed to find their way onto her resume up to then.

The following day, the star took part in an interview with prolific reporter Ronan Farrow where she claimed for the first time that she had been raped as a 15-year-old by a well-known, Oscar winning actor as well as by Harvey Weinstein, as she has been alleging for years.

After that appearance, McGowan, who is the star of a new documentary about her advocacy work and how she has been part of the Me Too movement, canceled all public appearances.

This untoward display is not so much a condemnation of goals, that women shouldn’t be raped or that transgender people should be treated fairly and respectfully, but that seemingly intelligent and woke folks refuse to see the impossibility of their social justice ideology: It’s just not possible for everybody to the be the most special victim ever. It’s not possible for every person to dedicate themselves to the service of other victims while extolling their own victimhoom above others.

Wrap up the goals in whatever rosy rhetoric captures your fancy, but they’re just words. At some point, the words play out in real life, and this was such a point. The ideology cannot work. The practice is atrocious. Does Rose McGowan get to scream insults at a transgender person? What happened to all that love and tolerance stuff?

Of course, the squabbling within the victimhood tribe, much as it appeared at the Chicago Dyke March, remains distant from the movement to distinguish all males as being toxic. At least the one thing they can all agree upon is that men are disposable, evil and unworthy of support from any quarter of social justice.

And there really isn’t anything to talk about since Rose McGowan is Brave. She says so, and so she can’t be touched. But neither can Dier, except by hateful RadFems. You and I have nothing to say in this discussion, even though they keep telling us that it’s all about having a discussion.

But if we did, it would be nothing more than Rose McGowan screaming inane insults at us. And if we were the good males women want us to be, we would sit there silently and like it. No, love it, and applaud it, unless #WeToo want to be complicit.

6 thoughts on “Short Take: The Scent of a Rose

  1. Sgt. Schultz

    Which is the harder thing to accept, that McGowan forgot all about being raped at 15 or that there is still a brick and mortar Barnes & Noble?

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