Several posters that appeared in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Dec. 19, accuse Meryl Streep as a Harvey Weinstein enabler. The phrase "She Knew" plastered across the actress' image allegedly reveals that Streep knew about Weinstein's past sexual misconduct but she chose to keep quiet.
The black-and-white posters feature an image of Streep smiling next to Weinstein. A red strip with the phrase "She Knew" is taped across her eyes. About a dozen posters appeared in several locations in Los Angeles, including Streep's house in Pasadena and in Century City, across the 20th Century Fox studio lot. Coincidentally, the actress stars in the Fox film The Post with Tom Hanks, which opens in U.S. theaters on Jan. 11, 2018. The poster also appeared at Radio Artist and near the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television.
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An artist who calls himself Sabo said he made the posters as retaliation against Streep for using her film The Post to criticize U.S. President Donald Trump. The 49-year-old former U.S. marine added that he has two collaborators.
"She's swiping at us so we're swiping back," Sabo told the Guardian.
However, Sabo admitted that he is not certain if Streep is a Weinstein enabler. He believes though that anyone in the film industry knew and perhaps the actress also knew.
"Maybe she was providing Weinstein with the fresh meat," Sabo added.
The "She Knew" posters came after Streep denied any knowledge about Weinstein's alleged decades of sexual harassment and abuse. It came after she responded to actress Rose McGowan's accusations that she chose to remain silent in all those years.
McGowan criticized Streep for deliberately remaining silent. Instead of vocalizing her knowledge about Weinstein's sexual misconduct, she chose to wear black as a silent protest.
"Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @goldenglobes in a silent protest. YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You'll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real chance. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa," McGowan wrote in a now-deleted tweet.
Streep responded to McGowan and said that she did not know about Weinstein's crimes, not in the 90s when he attacked her or in the following years when he attacked others.
"I wasn't deliberately silent. I didn't know. I don't tacitly approve of rape. I didn't know. I don't like young women being assaulted. I didn't know this was happening," Streep said in a statement sent to the Huffington Post.