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Mark Ruffalo, Chrissy Teigen ask for #WomenBoycottTwitter after Rose McGowan’s account suspended

Rose McGowan’s suspended Twitter account led to a host of women asking for a boycott of the website, supported by Mark Ruffalo, Chrissy Teigen and more.

hollywood Updated: Oct 13, 2017 11:17 IST
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Rose McGowan’s Twitter account was suspended, temporarily muting a central figure in the allegations against Harvey Weinstein. McGowan said Thursday.
Rose McGowan’s Twitter account was suspended, temporarily muting a central figure in the allegations against Harvey Weinstein. McGowan said Thursday.(Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Celebrities like actor Mark Ruffalo and model Chrissy Teigen are joining people on Twitter in asking for a women’s boycott of the website on Friday. The move comes in response to actor Rose McGowan’s account getting suspended on Thursday.

Actors John Cusack, Anna Pacquin, director Joss Whedon and more have also shown solidarity with #WomenBoycottTwitter. “Tomorrow I follow the Women,” Ruffalo tweeted early Friday.

Teigen also posted screenshots of hateful tweets being sent out to her since announcing her support to the boycott. “It’s alright. Twitter is a better place without you easily offended feminist b*tches,” one of the tweets read.

She said she is boycotting Twitter so it can ‘be better’. “Ladies. Let’s do this. #WomenBoycottTwitter. Not because of hate but because I love this platform and know it can be better,” she tweeted. “I’m boycotting for many reasons. To stand with the victims of sexual assault, online threats and abuse. And to boycott the fact our demented, p**sy grabbing president can tweet nuclear threats of war I can’t even see,” she added.

McGowan’s account was suspended after she sent out a series of tweets on her alleged sexual harassment by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and Amazon for working with him. “@jeffbezos I am calling on you to stop funding rapists, alleged pedos and sexual harassers. I love @amazon but there is rot in Hollywood,” she tweeted, calling on the executive to “be the change you want to see in the world. Stand with truth.”

The Hollywood Reporter said she had confirmed that “HW” referred to Weinstein, who was sacked by the board of his own company this week amid numerous allegations of sexual harassment and rape going back decades.

Amazon said it was “reviewing our options for our projects we have with the Weinstein Company.”

McGowan’s account was soon reactivated. Twitter said the ban was the result of McGowan including a personal phone number in tweets in support of women alleging they had been sexually abused by Weinstein.

The suspension nevertheless prompted a flood of tweets from users, mainly women, who said they would be boycotting the platform for a day.

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First Published: Oct 13, 2017 11:16 IST

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