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Rose McGowan Compares Red Carpet Processions To "Visual Rape"

"I'm fairly sure my response didn't make it to air."

In an article written for The Hollywood Reporter, actress Rose McGowan detailed her extreme hatred for red carpet culture and the "media idiocy" of fashion correspondences. McGowan used some rather strong language, comparing the optics of these processions to a kind of "visual rape." This rhetoric got McGowan, an ardent an outspoken feminist, some criticism from commentors online who questioned the sensitivity of her metaphor.

"My experience on the red carpet has been a journey of defiance, then one-of-a-kind acquiescence and finally a refusal to play by invented rules passed down through an aged system," said McGowan, who encouraged actors and actresses to buck the traditions of high profile events.

But it was one comment in particular that provoked some ire:

"One of the last red carpets that I did, the Entertainment Tonight correspondent asked me if I, like Cate Blanchett, felt it was inappropriate for the camera to pan up and down my body," said Rose. "I told her that it felt like visual rape. I'm fairly sure my response didn't make it to air."

Amongst the critics of this statement was Perez Hilton:

Rose didn't take the critique lightly and fired back:

Rose also responded when other commenters chimed in:

Rose has been deeply critical of the celebrity industrial complex before and is not shy when speaking about her sometimes controversial take on feminist issues. But did her remarks go overboard this time?

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