Caitlyn Jenner’s Woman of the Year award acceptance speech irritated Rose McGowan. It annoyed McGowan so much that the 42-year-old Charmed actress slammed Jenner publicly, even taking to Facebook to speak her mind. According to Us Magazine, Rose was particularly upset over Caitlyn’s attitude about living life as a woman. At the November 9 Glamour award ceremony, Jenner said that the “hardest part about being a woman is figuring out what to wear.”
— JustJared.com (@JustJared) November 17, 2015
The audience found Jenner’s light-hearted comment amusing, but Rose definitely did not. McGowan believed that Jenner’s words showed the reality star didn’t understand the reality of most women’s lives. She accused Jenner of speaking from a “life of male privilege.”
“Caitlyn Jenner you do not understand what being a woman is about at all. You want to be a woman and stand with us — well learn us. We are more than deciding what to wear. We are more than the stereotypes foisted upon us by people like you. You’re a woman now? Well f**king learn that we have had a VERY different experience than your life of male privilege,”
Rose thought this might be a case where a picture would be worth a thousand words, so she also posted “a slew of graphic images” to illustrate her point. Online gossip site TooFab.com reports that one photo showed a woman walking alone at night “being followed home,” while another of the images was of Nicole Brown “covered in bruises.” The photo of Nicole was intended to make the images as personal as the rant that accompanied them since Nicole Brown was a close friend of Jenner’s ex-wife Kris Jenner.
“Woman of the year? No, not until you wake up and join the fight. Being a woman comes with a lot of baggage. The weight of unequal history. You’d do well to learn it. You’d do well to wake up. Woman of the year? Not by a long f**king shot.”
Many Twitter users voiced their concerns over McGowan’s actions, calling her “blatantly transphobic” and a “tranny-hating rad-fem.”
— Mudslime Madness (@SiliconNooB) November 17, 2015
— lady jane (@MegZulch) November 17, 2015
Others had something to say about Rose’s accusation that Caitlyn has always lived a life of privilege.
@rosemcgowan I would not feel priveliged if I had been born in the wrong body.
— Katy Allen (@KatyAllen4) November 17, 2015
Other images that McGowan posted to her Facebook account included women being raped and a photo of a hospitalized woman who had just given birth.
McGowan’s post only stayed up for a short while. As gossip site Just Jared points out, the rant about the I Am Cait star “has since been deleted.” Before deleting the whole thing, McGowan supported Jenner in an added paragraph. In the amendment, Rose made sure to say that she’s “happy” about all the work that Caitlyn is doing “visibility wise” for trans people and the community. She clarified that her ire was a result of concern over the way comments made by high-profile stars can “have consequences for other women” and can lead to “more stereotyping.” McGowan made the point that understanding living as a woman requires time and effort, and that most women don’t have the resources and support that Caitlyn Jenner enjoys.
At least one fan agreed that living as a woman for less than a year doesn’t lead to truly understanding women.
— Tracy Zimmerman (@TracyZimmerma18) November 17, 2015
Jenner, 66, announced her transgender identity last February, and since then, she’s been even more in the spotlight, with her own Keeping Up with the Kardashians spinoff reality show, I Am Cait. Jenner has a lot of supportive fans, but there are also many who do not see her as a good role model or spokesperson for the LGBT community.
[Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Glamour]