Actress Rose McGowan fired by agent after speaking out about sexism

June 25, 2015, 4:10 PM UTC
Actress McGowan poses at the 10th Annual GLSEN Respect Awards in Beverly Hills
Actress Rose McGowan poses at the 10th Annual GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) Respect Awards in Beverly Hills, California October 17, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) - RTR4AMVR
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By Andrea Towers, Entertainment Weekly

Rose McGowan didn’t appreciate a recent audition request asking that she wear a revealing outfit—“form fitting tank that shows off cleavage (push-up bras encouraged).” She took her disgust public, tweeted the news, revealed that the audition was for an Adam Sandler movie, and reiterated and clarified her complaint to EW.

Last night, McGowan tweeted that she had been fired by her “wussy acting agent” due to her comments.

“I’m not trying to vilify Adam Sander,” the actress told EW in her recent interview. “I was offended by the stupidity more than anything. I was offended by the fact that went through so many people’s hands and nobody red flagged it. This is normal to so many people. It was probably even a girl that had to type it up. It’s institutionally okay.”

In that same interview to promote her directorial debut Dawn, which premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, McGowan spoke openly about her experience as a woman in the industry. She revealed that “when I did my first film, I was told by my agent that I would need to have long hair so men in this town would want to f— me and hire me. That was said to a 17 year old.”

McGowan’s reps did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.