Actress Rose McGowan, known for her roles in the TV series Charmed and in the Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez-directed Planet Terror, took to Twitter last week to complain about an “offensive” casting call.
The advert in question, which McGowan later confirmed was for a movie starring Hollywood actor Adam Sandler, stipulated that female applicants must wear “a form-fitting tank that shows off cleavage” and encouraged the use of a “a push-up bra”.
casting note that came w/script I got today. For real. name of male star rhymes with Madam Panhandler hahahaha I die pic.twitter.com/lCWGTV537t— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) June 18, 2015
McGowan now says that she has been "fired by her agent" because of the comments.
In a tweet, posted last night, the actress said: “I just got fired by my wussy acting agent because I spoke up about the bulls--t in Hollywood. Hahaha”.
The agents in question, who have been named online as Sheila Wenzel and Steve Muller of the Los Angeles-based talent and literacy agency Innovative Artists, are yet to comment.
Last week, McGowan told Entertainment Weekly that she felt the advert was “just so dumb”, but part of a wider trend whereby sexism in Hollywood has become so institutionalised, people no longer notice it.
“I was offended by the stupidity more than anything,” she said. “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 OK."
"The wardrobe part was dumb enough, she added. “The part that made me laugh was where it said, 'Make sure you read the script so you understand the context of the scene. That was the part that made me laugh the hardest."
The awesome thing about being an artist? You can't be fired from your own mind. #FREEDOM— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) June 25, 2015
McGowan has not heard from either Sandler or the filmmakers since making the casting call public.