Despite leading an entire interview based on the importance of the first amendment, Savannah Guthrie failed to ask Meryl Streep one major question about Harvey Weinstein during her pre-taped discussion with “The Post” star that aired Thursday morning.
The TODAY SHOW host Guthrie interviewed Streep and co-stars Tom Hanks and Bob Odenkirk to discuss their new movie, which tells the story of The Washington Post’s decision to publish the Pentagon Papers in 1971, hailed as upstanding moment for the free press.
Like many interviews with Hollywood stars as of late, the conversation eventually turned to the issue of sexual misconduct in Hollywood, specifically, the allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
Although Rose McGowan, who is one of Weinstein’s most vocal accusers, claims that Streep knew how Weinstein was treating these women for years, Guthrie failed to ask 68-year-old actress about the allegations against her. Instead she allowed Streep to speak about the subject on her own terms. (RELATED: Artist Trolls Meryl Streep On Weinstein With ‘She Knew’ Street Art)
“Do you feel, Meryl, that this has really changed things,” Guthrie asked.
“I think it’s an ongoing change and I don’t think it started with Harvey Weinstein,” Streep began. “We are seeing it in the military, we see abuse in the church, we see it in every part of our culture and the difference now is that people are willing to step forward. What’s important, I think, is that we have some ability to measure the nuance of these different infractions, that murder is not shoplifting.”
“Speaking for my industry, we’re not going back.”-Meryl Streep on the changes in Hollywood following the sexual assault allegations pic.twitter.com/pmh1kBh4LR
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 4, 2018
“If we don’t pay attention to the subtleties of these different allegations we risk backlash and that won’t be good for anybody. But I think we’re not going back,” she added, “speaking from my industry, we’re not going back. And it will, I think, precipitate a change at the top, which is where it needs to be.”
After learning that Streep and others plan to wear black at the upcoming Golden Globes in silent protest of sexual misconduct in Hollywood, McGowan went after Streep for being a hypocrite. (RELATED: Rose McGowan Slams Streep For Golden Globes Silent Protest)
“Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @GoldenGlobes in a silent protest,” McGowan wrote on Twitter. “YOUR SILENCE is THE problem,” she added. “You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy.”
While Streep has since denied the claims, it seems a glaring oversight for Guthrie to avoid addressing McGowan’s claim and give Streep the opportunity to address the issue freely.