The latter was the recipient of Glamour‘s Women of the Year award, and joked in her acceptance speech at the awards ceremony on Nov. 9 that the “hardest part about being a woman is figuring out what to wear.”
Update — Nov. 18, 11:44 ET:
Mcgowan has since issued an updated statement and apology on Twitter:
Let me take this moment to point out that I am not, nor will I ever be, transphobic. The idea is laughable. Disliking something a trans person has said is no different than disliking something a man has said or that a woman has said. Being trans doesn’t make one immune from criticism.
I know that being a public figure is not easy. Being Caitlyn Jenner is most assuredly not easy, but that doesn’t absolve her of her of responsibility. Living as a woman in this backwards society is hard. We need all hands on deck. Those who have the microphone speak to many. Especially that family.
I’d be thrilled to fight alongside Caitlin Jenner. I just want her to know there is a monumental fight to be had.
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) November 17, 2015
In a now-deleted Facebook post from Monday (Nov. 16), McGowan slammed Jenner for her comment, writing in part, “Woman of the year? No, not until you wake up and join the fight. Not by a long f***ing shot.”
The Charmed actress, who is well-known to publicly voice her opinions (and disagreements) on social media, started off her open letter writing, “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.”
She added, “You’re a woman now? Well f—king learn that we have had a VERY different experience than your life of male privilege. 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.”
In addition, McGowan allegedly posted several memes featuring Jenner’s quote with images of women being sexually abused, being followed home late at night, a woman in the hospital after giving birth, and one of O.J. Simpson‘s late wife and Kris Jenner‘s best friend, Nicole Brown Simpson, covered in bruises.
The 66-year-old Olympian and I Am Cait reality TV star was honored at Glamour‘s annual event along with Reese Witherspoon, Victoria Beckham, and many more. Recognizing Jenner’s bravery and commitment to raising visibility for the trans community, McGowan later amended her open letter.
Let me amend this by saying I’m happy for what she’s doing visibility wise for the trans community, and I’m happy she’s living her truth, but comments like hers have consequences for other women. How we are perceived, what our values are, and leads to more stereotyping. If you know you are going to be speaking to media about being a woman, maybe come to understand our struggles.
Last week, McGowan took to Twitter in response to Kate Winslet‘s questionable remarks about the wage gap. Winslet had commented in an interview, “I don’t think that’s a very nice conversation to have publicly at all. I’m quite surprised by these conversations to be honest, simply because it seems quite a strange thing to be discussing out in the open like that.” Understandably confused, McGowan responded simply, “Are you kidding me?”
Are you kidding me? Kate Winslet Says Hollywood’s Pay Gap Not ‘A Very Nice Conversation’ to Have Publicly | TIME https://t.co/JhNTNeW5d4
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) November 12, 2015