Cher has defended Meryl Streep after reports surfaced suggesting she “knew about” Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct.
Streep has repeatedly insisted she had no knowledge of Weinstein’s ongoing pattern of sexual harassment, but some posters that have suddenly started popping up throughout Los Angeles say otherwise.
However, Cher, who is set to star in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” alongside Streep, recalled the moment she witnessed the actress “risk her life” to save a woman who was being attacked by a man, as she jumped to her defence on Twitter.
The musician’s comments come after Streep, 68, was called out by Rose McGowan for saying she knew nothing about Weinstein’s alleged serial abuse of women, stating that she “did not know about Weinstein’s crimes, not in the ’90s when he attacked her, or through subsequent decades when he proceeded to attack others. I wasn’t deliberately silent. I didn’t know. I don’t tacitly approve of rape. I didn’t know. I don’t like young women being assaulted. I didn’t know this was happening.”
Since the quotes emerged, someone has been putting up posters throughout L.A. that disagree with Streep’s statement, with snaps of them popping up on social media on Tuesday, clearly meant as backlash for her statements.
The posters feature a photo of a smiling Streep posing with Weinstein, with the words “She knew” pasted over her eyes.
According to another Twitter user, the posters have also been spotted near the busy intersection of Hollywood and Highland, 20th Century Fox Studios, and in Pasadena, not far from Streep’s home. In addition, the hashtag #SheKnew gathered steam on social media, with some even calling for a boycott of Streep’s new film, “The Post”.
As well as Cher, a fellow Oscar winner was quick to come to Streep’s defence: Sally Field, who took to Twitter to declare that it’s wrong to blame women “for the misdeeds of these repugnant men.”
Field said in her tweet: “There were whole systems in place to keep Meryl and others from ever knowing about HW. That was his way of operating. To claim otherwise is ignorant and counter productive.”