Rose McGowan has gone on record about her public row with a trans woman on 31 January for the first time.
She claims she did ‘five very intensive days of trauma therapy’ and quit weed after the incident.
While at a Q&A in NYC, Rose was asked by trans activist Andi Dier: ‘What have you done for trans women?’ She then shouted ‘cis white feminism!’ before being ejected.
The row culminated in shouting between the pair, with Rose breaking down in tears.
The Scream actress adds in the new interview: ‘It’s not working out so well, going into the micro-detail of what we are.’
The Charmed star speaks out on Ashlee Marie Preston’s podcast SHOOK, (of which Gay Star News has obtained an exclusive excerpt). The full interview is out later today.
In the trailer the Scream star also says: ‘The people who call me TERF [trans-exclusionary radical feminist], […] hurt me so deeply.’
‘I have mad PTSD’
Ashley, herself a trans activist, references the argument in New York City. ‘What I saw on the stage, it kind of broke my heart. I saw PTSD’ she says.
To this Rose replies: ‘I have mad PTSD’.
Seemingly alluding to identity politics, Rose furthermore adds: ‘It’s not working out so well, fundamentally, as a race as a species. As us trying to survive this fucking train wreck that we’re stuck in right now. The bus is on fire. And you and I and a lot of people like us, we’re running alongside it as fast as we can yelling “Wake up, wake up, wake up.”’
Ashlee replies: ‘There’s an African proverb that says “Two men in a burning house must not stop to argue.”‘ To this, Rose bows her head and says: ‘That’s it.’
‘I was doing drag as a woman’
Furthermore discussing her experience of PTSD, Rose said: ’I’m being hit constantly and it’s triggering. You know, I – It’s really hard, Ashlee. It’s really, really hard.
‘I don’t even have a platform like you […]. I have limited words that come out. And so people can write my narrative as they have for a long, long time and it’s so far removed from who I was.’
She later continued: ’Imagine this brain stuck in that goddamn dress and high heels that I was stuck in 20 years. I was doing drag as a woman.’
Talking about self-care, Rose furthermore added: ‘I’m just starting that journey. […] After the, uh, New York situation and I went and did five very intensive days of trauma therapy.
‘And now I stopped smoking weed because my brain needed to be clear. And I was – I think it’s a magical – cannabis is magical. But I think if you abuse it and it’s a way of you like going home at night and it feels too much. But I also had no other tools. I had none.’
‘I didn’t agree to your cis fucking world’
Rose was promoting her new memoir Brave at a Barnes and Noble when she was confronted on past comments about trans women by activist Dier last month.
Dier referenced the 2017 RuPaul: What’s the Tee? podcast on which Rose caused offence, saying: ‘[Trans women] assume, because they felt like a woman on the inside, that’s not developing as a woman, that’s not growing as a woman, that’s not living in this world as a woman.’
When Dier was ejected, Rose broke down in tears, saying: ‘I didn’t agree to your cis fucking world’. Rose then canceled all US press and public appearances. That is, until the SHOOK interview.
Rose has been a leading voice in the #MeToo movement. The crusade against misogyny and sexual assault, harassment and abuse in the entertainment industry and beyond was triggered by an expose on Harvey Weinstein by the New York Times.
Afterwards, Rose accused the Hollywood heavyweight of rape, but he denied the claim.
The fallen movie icon has also been accused of inappropriate sexual behavior by at least 83 other women.