Push-up bras encouraged

Well at least we know that if we do see sexism anywhere we can point it out without repercussions.

Hahahahaha just kidding, no we don’t. Look what happened to Rose McGowan for instance.

Pushback against Hollywood sexism seems to have gotten Rose McGowan dropped from the talent agency Innovative Artists.

Late Wednesday, the actress and director wrote on Twitter that her agent fired her because she “spoke up” about Hollywood casting practices, adding the hashtag #BRINGIT. Last week, the actress had tweeted the casting notes from a movie whose star, she wrote, has a name that “rhymes with Madam Panhandler.”

That is, Adam Sandler. Behold those casting notes:

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Notes: Please make sure to read the attached script before coming in so you understand the context of the scenes. 

-Wardrobe note: Black (or dark) form fitting tank that shows off cleavage (push up bras encouraged). And form fitting leggings or jeans. Nothing white.

In short, we’re auditioning your tits and your bum.

A few days later, Ms. McGowan told Entertainment Weekly that while she was not trying to vilify Adam Sandler in the tweet, it was “the stupidity more than anything” that set her off. “I was offended by the fact that went through so many people’s hands and nobody red flagged it,” Ms. McGowan said. “This is normal to so many people.”

Yes, it is, and that’s why we keep trying to make it better, to shouts of “witch hunt” and “lynch mob.” (Will there be witch hunt-lynch mob shouts about reactions to Adam Sandler’s casting notes? Any bets? No, that would be a terrible bet to make. Of course there will.)

I wonder if Richard Dawkins will be rushing to protest the lynch mob at McGowan’s agency that fired her as a client. No I don’t; of course he won’t. Rose McGowan isn’t a top male scientist, so he’s not going to give a rat’s ass about her.


  1. Jennifer Chavez says

    How dare she criticize what all the people who chose to audition for that part have chosen to do with their own bodies? /sarcasm/
    Also, this is the first time I’ve noticed the irony surrounding the word “agency” in this context.

  2. moarscienceplz says

    I don’t really know how this stuff works, but ISTM that Innovative Artists made a really bad business decision by doing this. They don’t need to kiss up to the production companies, they need to keep their clients (the actors) happy. If a producer decides they need a particular actor for a role, they don’t care if that actor is repped by Satan himself as long as the contract is signed. But by firing Rose, IA has just notified all its remaining talent that they should switch agencies if they care about self-expression, and I would guess that self-expression is pretty important to most actors.

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