“I accidentally worked with a pedophile,” she said on The View, “and I bet you have too.”
“I will say,” she went on, “that probably everyone has accidentally worked with a pedophile, and I don’t take joy in that.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/McTelevision?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@McTelevision</a> did <a href="https://twitter.com/rosemcgowan?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@rosemcgowan</a> PR team forbid questions about Rosewood Lane, directed in 2011 by convicted child molester Victor Salva, or her despicable comments defending him? Hard to believe everyone would just miss that on her Wikipedia page… <a href="https://t.co/7CkrNAwDa9">https://t.co/7CkrNAwDa9</a></p>— An Open Secret (@AnOpenSecret) <a href="https://twitter.com/AnOpenSecret/status/958209482609385472?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 30, 2018</a></blockquote>
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This was from Rose McGowan after Justin Timberlake rebuffed her for shaming him for working with Woody Allen by bringing up her work with convicted child molestor and child pornographer Victor Salva. Victor Salva was convicted of raping a 12-year-old boy who starred in one of his first films as well as filming the abuse itself to add to his "collection."
McGowan has defended her work with Salva saying she "didn't know" about his past. That's a statement that's hard to defend however. In an interview with the LGBT magazine Advocate she mentioned feeling somewhat awkward when Salva told her he "didn't relate to women well." The journalist at the advocate expounded, “Well, Salva is registered sex offender, which might account for some awkwardness.” Rose's reply? “Yeah, I still don’t really understand the whole story or history there, and I’d rather not, because it’s not really my business. But he’s an incredibly sweet and gentle man, lovely to his crew, and a very hard worker."
That's right, the mother of the #rosearmy decided she'd rather turn her head to child abuse. Evidently sexual harassment and assault are only issues when it's millionaire adults being victimized in Rose's book. Sadly though, with all the talk of Hollywood's sexual excesses, improprieties, harassment, assaults and abuses one thing that is not mentioned often is the dark, pedophile underworld that Rose even half admits. As for how much of an "accident" it was, sounds like she intentionally turned her head as so many people do when they don't want to see something too horrible to comprehend.
This is by no means a one off, remember when Corey Feldman bravely admitted that he was "passed around" like a party favor by powerful Hollywood types? Barbara Walters literally scolded him saying he was "damaging an industry." Damaging an industry? An industry of child exploiters and abusers should be disparaged and damaged at every step.
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This is nothing new either. Shirley Temple starred in a series known as "Baby Burlesque" films when she was barely older than a toddler. A notable example from the 70's would be Todd Bridges. Todd Bridges was especially uncomfortable while filming the "very special episode" Diff'rent Strokes in which a pedophile is grooming Gary Coleman. The reason for this (apart from the laugh track going off at some disturbingly inappropriate moments) is that he went through a similar situation and, once again, it was major Hollywood players responsible for the abuse.
Molly Ringwald, came out after the #MeToo scandal broke as well: "When I was thirteen, a fifty-year-old crew member told me that he would teach me to dance, and then proceeded to push against me with an erection. At fourteen, a married film director stuck his tongue in my mouth on set. At a time when I was trying to figure out what it meant to become a sexually viable young woman, at every turn some older guy tried to help speed up the process."
A member of the Latin boy band Menudo admits that he was molested decades ago as a child multiple times and at least a couple of those times it was "friends of friends" of the execs. Corey Haim was 11 years old when an older man on set took him aside to have sex. He told the young Haim it was "what all the guys do." Corey Feldman talked to ABC News about the situation: “I can tell you the number one problem was and is and always will be paedophilia. It’s all done under the radar. It’s the big secret. I was surrounded by them when I was 14-years-old. Literally. They were everywhere, like vultures.”
Former child star James Van Der Beek of the teen soap opera Dawson's Creek talked about his experiences being assaulted by “older, powerful men” as well. Jeannette McCurdy all <i>but</i> came out about her experiences with Dan Schneider. "Look at me, look what you've done to me, I know you're watching my vine Dan Schneider."
Then there's R. Kelly who after notoriously videotaping himself urinating on a 15-year-old girl is now evidently surrounded by young girls in what has been described by some as a sort of "sex cult." This is by no means an exhaustive list and considering the fact that when someone like Kevin Spacey rapes a young boy people feel the need to stay silent for decades, it's likely nothing near a comprehensive list will ever exist, but this list is far too long as is. What's even worse is the fact that these situations are still spoke of in hushed tones. An excellent documentary does exist that broke the story about Bryan Singer and others who were involved in organized exploitation in the film industry.
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Despite the fact that it's not mentioned much it's an "open secret" within the biz. Exploitation and abuse of the young and innocent by powerful people in Hollywood isn't going to end in the era of #MeToo if we leave the children behind.