Another week, another Adam Sandler story.
Just when you thought you go for a while without having to hear about grossly offensive jokes or juvenile humor comes a story from actress Rose McGowan, who last week called out Sandler’s production company, Happy Madison for its sexist “wardrobe note” on a script call.
“Black (or dark) form fitting tank that shows off cleavage (push up bras encouraged). And form fitting leggings or jeans. Nothing white,” reads the note, which McGowan tweeted with the comment “casting note that came w/script I got today. For real. name of male star rhymes with Madam Panhandler hahahaha I die”
McGowan explained that she’s “not trying to vilify Sandler,” rather Hollywood’s culture of institutionalized sexism. “It was just so dumb. I was offended by the stupidity more than anything. I was offended by the fact that went through so many people’s hands and nobody red flagged it. This is normal to so many people. It was probably even a girl that had to type it up. It’s institutionally okay,” she tells EW.
Now McGowan is paying the price for speaking her mind. Her agent fired her.
McGowan has directed a short film, Dawn, which you can watch in full here:
McGowan advises the viewer:
Dawn is a cautionary tale. We hurt girls with casual negligence. We change the course of lives with a stereotypical view shared thoughtlessly. We shape the minds of the innocent. Let’s think different and be better. My inspirations were varied – I wanted the color palette of The Parent Trap (1961) the loneliness of an Edward Hopper painting, the driving tension of Night of the Hunter mixed with Hemingway’s unsparing style of editing. These greats are my teachers. I layered a lot into Dawn and feel it’s best watched twice. Please enjoy for free and pass it on. THOUGHT+ART = FREEDOM
You can listen to an extract from the EW interview with McGowan here: