- The Washington Times - Friday, June 3, 2016

Actress Rose McGowan has some choice words regarding a billboard for the new “X-Men” movie, claiming it promotes violence against women, The Guardian reported Friday.

“The promotional photo, used on some posters and billboards for the film, shows Apocalypse, the villain played by Oscar Isaac, choking Mystique, played by Jennifer Lawrence.” The accompanying caption, “Only the strong will survive,” appears over the title of the movie. The movie’s May 27 release date appears in the lower-right corner of the poster.

“F—k this s—t,” Ms. McGowan wrote in a May 26 post on Facebook.

“There is no context in the ad, just a woman getting strangled. The fact that no one flagged this is offensive and, frankly, stupid,” Ms. McGowan later told The Hollywood Reporter in a Thursday interview. “Imagine if it were a black man being strangled by a white man, or a gay male being strangled by a hetero? The outcry would be enormous. So let’s right this wrong.”

In a subsequent Facebook post Thursday evening, Ms. McGowan lashed out at unnamed critics. “My favorite thing is when someone says I’m not qualified to speak on such things. If I’m not, who is? I toiled in the bowels of Hollywood since age 15. If I’m not qualified, who is? F—k em, f—k em hard.”

Last year Ms. McGowan, perhaps best known for her role as a witch on the TV series “Charmed,” claimed to have been “fired” by her agent after she spoke out against sexism in Hollywood.

“I just got fired by my wussy acting agent because I spoke up about the bulls—t in Hollywood. Hahaha. #douchebags#awesome #BRINGIT,” Ms. McGowan said in a June 17, 2015 tweet.


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