Actor Rose McGowan is showing support for Britney Spears following the pop icon’s explosive conservatorship testimony. For those unfamiliar, on June 23, Spears spoke openly to a judge and lawyers about her conservatorship, which has been in place since 2008 and gives legal control over her life and finances to others, most notably her father. The Glory singer asked the court, plainly and explicitly, to end the conservatorship, saying, “It’s my wish and my dream for all of this to end without being tested.” She then outlined instances of abuse and manipulation she says she’s endured over the last decade, including not being allowed to have her IUD removed. “This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good,” she said. “I deserve to have a life.”
Now McGowan, the first woman to come forward about Harvey Weinstein’s abuse, is speaking out in support of Spears, and her comments are going viral. The actor and activist appeared on Fox News on June 23 and commended Spears for her testimony, calling it a “cultural reset.”
“[Britney’s] father put her under a conservatorship at age 25,” McGowan said. “Many in the media laughed and scorned her when she shaved her head. I lived in Hollywood during that time, and I’ve made it my life’s mission to tell all of you out there what so many of you know deep down: that fame and Hollywood and the media machine are rotten to the core. They do hurt and they do damage.”
In regards to the testimony, McGowan said, “What happened today is literally a cultural landmark moment. It is a cultural reset. [Spears] got to speak for the first time, I believe, in her life, honestly and openly. What has been done to her is horrific. I know it seems like, ‘Why should we care about a rich pop princess?’ But I think it’s deeper than that.
“I think she’s ready to blow the lid,” McGowan continued. “She said today she’s ‘so angry, it’s insane.’ I understand that kind of rage. I was the first to go on the record about Harvey Weinstein and that kind of sickness, the people that are truly putting your entertainment in your head. And while we’ve all been entertained by Britney Spears, she’s been being tortured.”
Watch Rose McGowan’s full interview, above.