Following Meryl Streep’s recent comments on Harvey Weinstein, posters featuring her face emblazoned with the words “She Knew” have popped up all over Los Angeles. It’s still unclear who is responsible for the posters, but many are slamming the project for being off the mark and pitting women against women.
In her statement — which was, for some, hard to swallow — Streep said that Weinstein “needed me much more than I needed him and he made sure I didn’t know.” The statement was made in response to accusations of complicity leveled by Rose McGowan, the actress who is a major part of Weinstein’s takedown. Since the public exchange, posters have been seen plastered near the SAG-AFTRA building right by Streep’s home in Pasadena, all across the 20th Century Fox studio lot, and next to the Hollywood and Highland complex, according to social media posts.
It’s interesting to note that the poster shows a picture of Streep and Weinstein smiling together, as if Streep is on par with Weinstein’s indiscretions. The Oscar-winning actress has vehemently defended her experience in all of this, which is that she did not know that Weinstein was buying women’s silence, let alone assaulting those women. Streep being put through the ringer for a man’s wrongdoing seems like the most outrageous step backward.
This infighting is embarrassingly what men in power usually expect when women fight for what they believe: women will tear themselves down from the inside. It seems like putting the most powerful woman in Hollywood next to the now-disgraced most powerful man in Hollywood is a way of calling them equals. We’d like that to be true on a representational level, but it’s a stretch on this circumstantial level. Meryl Streep did not bribe women into silence, and she did not sexually harass and assault people. Let’s not get the enemy of #MeToo mixed up here.