Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Rose McGowan’s Story Fails to Attract Audience as Book Drops Out of Amazon Top 500, TV Doc Bombs


Rose McGowan is “Brave.” And as Citizen Rose, in her E! documentary, I was fascinated by her childhood, her resolve, and the path she’s taken. That 90 minute film, in particular, is worth a serious viewing. I liked her more than ever.

But audiences are not rallying to her warrior cry. Last week, McGowan dropped off the lecture circuit after a confrontation with a trans person at her Barnes & Noble reading. She wrote on Twitter: “I am canceling upcoming public appearances because I have given enough. I have given beauty, in return I was VERBALLY ASSAULTED for two full minutes by an actor paid to verbally assault a woman who has been terrorized by your system. And no ONE in that room did anything”

The result is that “Brave,” from Harper One, has dropped to number 556 on Amazon. Without McGowan out there promoting it, the book has vanished from the current conversation. What a shame. At the same time, “Citizen Rose” on the E! Channel booked just 188,000 viewers when it was shown on January 30th.

Since then, E! has “unlocked” the doc on its website so anyone can go there and watch it without registration or other shenanigans. I did that last night and, again, it was fascinating. I don’t know that I’d want to watch a whole series, but the 90 minute film shows a courageous, ambitious, young woman who pulled herself up the bootstraps and took on Hollywood. I just wish she would go back to acting after all this. She’s good.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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