Rose McGowan slams James Corden for his inappropriate Harvey Weinstein jokes
Harvey Weinstein jokes? Too soon. But apparently, television host and comedian James Corden didn't think so...
Corden on Friday night took to stage at the Los Angeles AmfAR Gala (a black-tie charity event, none-the-less) and opened his speech with an awkward and uncalled for string of jokes about the 65-year-old movie producer who has been caught up in a storm of recent sexual assault allegations by a number of women over the past decades.
"This is a beautiful room, it’s a beautiful night here in LA," Corden began in the opening of his routine, "So beautiful, Harvey Weinstein has already asked tonight up to his hotel to give him a massage."
Unsurprisingly, The Late Late Show host's joke was met with uncomfortable laughter and groans from audience members. Corden responded: “I don’t know whether that groan was that you liked that joke or you don’t like that joke. If you don’t like that joke you should probably leave now.”
He went on, rousing the audience by continuing his provocative spiel:
"It has been weird this week though, watching Harvey Weinstein in hot water. Ask any of the women who watched him take a bath.
"Harvey Weinstein wanted to come tonight, but sadly he’ll settle for whatever potted plant is closest."
The audience continued to chuckle nervously, to which Corden cried “Oh come on!”.
Many have publically criticised Corden for his inappropriate speech, including actress Rose McGowan, who has been one of the most outspoken voices on the matter since accusing Weinstein of having raped her. She slammed Corden by calling him a "motherf**king piglet", caps and all for maximum effect.
She then turned to the audience and berated them for having laughed at his jokes.
"Hearing the audience’s vile roars & laughs show EXACTLY what kind of HOLLYWOOD you really are," she tweeted. McGowan also tweeted that she believes Weinstein and Corden are close friends.
Finally, McGowan told CBS – the TV network that aired the event – to donate their money to a Los Angeles charity that supports victims of sexual and domestic violence. She closed the tweet with a neat hashtag to summarise her sentiment.
McGowan was one of the women named in the original New York Times expose that sparked further accusations and investigations into Weinstein. She scrapped her non-disclosure agreement last week by publically speaking out that she had previously been raped by the Hollywood mogul, who continues to deny any of his sexual advances were non-consensual.
Italian actress Asia Argento, who also alleged she was raped by Weinstein, reacted to Corden's speech in a similar vein to McGowan, tweeting "Shame on this pig and everyone who grunted with him".
Addressing mounting criticisms of his AmfAR speech, Corden has since apologized for causing offence. He said he was intending to shame Weinstein – not his victims – with his jokes.
“To be clear, sexual assault is no laughing matter," he said in a statement released on Twitter. "I was not trying to make light of Harvey’s inexcusable behavior, but to shame him, the abuser, not his victims. I am truly sorry for anyone offended, that was never my intention.”
It's probably better to just... not broach that territory at all next time.