Rose McGowan Calls Out Adam Sandler And Hollywood For Sexist Casting Call
Rose McGowan called out Hollywood after receiving what the actress deemed an insulting casting call for an Adam Sandler film.
Rose McGowan Blasts Sexist Hollywood Casting Note
On Wednesday, June 17, McGowan took to Twitter to shed some light on the sexist side of Hollywood, sharing a casting note that she received with a script to audition for a film staring an actor who “rhymes with Madam Panhandler.”
“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,” the note read.
casting note that came w/script I got today. For real. name of male star rhymes with Madam Panhandler hahahaha I die pic.twitter.com/lCWGTV537t
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) June 18, 2015
McGowan, 41, has never held back her feelings on how misogynistic Hollywood can be. The actress has recently transitioned from being in front of the camera, making her directorial debut with her short film, Dawn, and has frequently noted the shocking disparity between the number of male and female directors.
“Let’s give the six percent [percentage of female directors] a shot. Cause that represents 50 percent of the audience, of which I am a member. I am not being served and I am not being heard. I ask you to take up the hand of the female director until we no longer say ‘female director.’ It is a unisex term,” McGowan said at an event in January.
Given her penchant for calling out Hollywood’s sexism, many assumed her offense at the casting note came from the strict instructions on women’s wardrobe – requiring actresses to “[show] off cleavage” – specifically as it relates to the larger image of women on film. (Sandler’s reputation for making offensive films didn’t hurt either.) However, after the tweet went viral, McGowan explained that she was more offended at being asked to read the script! “I was insulted by the instructions to ‘read the script for context.’ Hahaha,” she wrote on Twitter.
I was insulted by the instructions to ‘read the script for context.’ Hahaha
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) June 23, 2015