A right-wing street “artist” who has done contract work for disgraced alt-right darling Milo Yiannopoulos has admitted to hanging posters of Meryl Streep posing with serial predator Harvey Weinstein with the words “She Knew” emblazoned on her face in retaliation for the Oscar-winner’s outspoken stance against Donald Trump, according to The Guardian.
Sabo, 49, who recently said in an interview that he “considers leftism a disorder” stole the work of legendary feminist and resistance graphic artist and photographer Barbara Kruger, most famous for her 1989 piece “Your Body Is a Battleground,” to spread his right-wing agenda and divide women.
“She’s swiping at us, so we’re swiping back,” Sabo told The Guardian about his smear campaign against Streep, who currently plays Katharine Graham, the Washington Post publisher responsible for releasing the Pentagon Papers, in Steven Spielberg's Oscar-bait film The Post.
Whether or not Streep knew about Weinstein’s decades of sexual abuse was of no interest to Sabo, he admitted, but he seized the moment to take aim at her anyway.
“I wasn’t sitting in a room with her. I can’t say 100 percent. But I’d say anyone in the (film) industry had a pretty good idea. I think she knew. Maybe she was providing Weinstein with the fresh meat,” he said, although he failed to go after any of the men like Matt Damon, George Clooney, or Quentin Tarantino who’ve worked with Weinstein over the years.
The posters of Streep, which Sabo hung around Los Angeles Tuesday, followed a week during which activist Rose McGowan, who has accused Weinstein of rape, called out Streep for perceived complicity in a now-deleted tweet after it announced that The Post 's star and other women nominated for Golden Globes would wear black at the ceremony on January 7.
“Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @goldenglobes in a silent protest,” McGowan wrote. “YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy.”
Streep, who used her speech for winning the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award at the 2017 Globes to excoriate Trump, responded to McGowan, insisting that she was unaware of Weinstein’s predations.
“It hurt to be attacked by Rose McGowan in banner headlines this weekend, but I want to let her know I 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,” Streep said in a statement sent to HuffPost. “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.”
It’s not shocking that Sabo has previously created poster campaigns slamming President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in which he depicted her as a Soviet Union leader. The campaign against Streep for what she may or may not have known about Weinstein rather than an attack on the predator himself smacked of the misogyny that led Trump to pack one of the debates with women who've accused Bill Clinton of sexual abuse to hold Hillary Clinton accountable for her husband's transgressions. And the attempt by the right to influence the 2016 election by running smear campaigns against Clinton is well-documented.
Sabo may have attempted to discredit Streep by pitting her against the #MeToo movement of survivors of sexual harassment and abuse who’ve spoken out, but plenty of women tweeted in defense of Streep and against the move to divide women.
This is how they do it. They try to use us against each other and co-opt the language and pain of rape victims. It is part of their larger war on women. Fight it. If you’re in LA, rip these posters down with your bare hands. https://t.co/8FT9WJpgwJ
— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) December 21, 2017
We as women CANNOT allow women to take the blame for the misdeeds of these repugnant men. 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. https://t.co/au3hOOJCKQ
— Sally Field (@sally_field) December 20, 2017
There's always a woman to blame. https://t.co/94q5WAKbmU
— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) December 20, 2017
Help! I've fallen, and I can't decide whether to blame Hillary Clinton or Meryl Streep
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) December 21, 2017