Update: Rose McGowan Dropped By Agent After Criticizing Sexist Casting Call

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Update: On Wednesday, Rose McGowan confirmed to E! that she had been talking about Adam Sandler. She told E! News that she was not trying to vilify the actor / producer, specifically, but instead call attention to systemic sexism. "It's just the institutional stupidity and the institutional infantilization of actresses. Like an actress isn't going to look like her A-game. We need to remind her. My favorite part was the parenthesis: 'Push up bras encouraged.'...This is normal to so many people...It's institutionally OK." The actress also tweeted that speaking out had caused her to part ways with her agent. "I just got fired by my wussy acting agent because I spoke up about the bullshit in Hollywood. Hahaha. #douchebags #awesome #BRINGIT." McGowan seemed at peace with it. "The awesome thing about being an artist? You can't be fired from your own mind. #FREEDOM." The following post was published on June 22, 2015, at 5:30 p.m.:
Adam Sandler has made an entire career out of playing slackers in sweatpants. He's found his niche, and he's been living comfortably in it for decades. Sandler's films also tend to fall into the time-honored Hollywood trope where the lazy, can't-be-bothered dude is paired up with a supremely attractive, buxom woman. She's usually the caring type who wants to act as both wife and mother to whatever chlidlike character Sandler happens to be playing in that particular film. She finds his loose clothing and Peter Pan syndrome endearing. At this point, no one does anything to hide the formula — especially not people on the inside, writing casting notes to actresses reading for the role of Sandler's love interests. Well, some people are finally getting fed up with the double standard that allows a male actor to dress in his XXL sweatpants, while his female costar parades around in next to nothing. Actress Rose McGowan recently decided to put a "male star [whose name] rhymes with Madam Panhandler" on blast on Twitter along with a particularly one-note clothing suggestion for an audition.
McGowan's tweet echoes the scores of casting notes that are detailed on Tumblrs like Casting Call Woe. There, you'll find real gems from casting websites like "Breasts: You gotta have something that bounces when you run," and "She wears a lab coat on top of sexy lingerie." Again, those are actual character breakdowns for roles which most likely don't come with names or lines. Even though she tried to take a stand about sexism in movies, McGowan's point was still lost on many people. "[D]idn't you get naked on camera just last year? Is the fact that you have to wear clothes for a role that's putting you off?" @BooLemont replied to her tweet. We've reached out to Rose McGowan and Adam Sandler's reps for further comment.

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