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Rose McGowan, Hollie Marie Combs to New ‘Charmed’ Cast: We’re Not Racist, Your Show Just Sucks

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When you hear that cast members from Charmed are fighting, you kind of expect it to be Rose McGowan and Alyssa Milano at each other’s throats over how Milano threw the #metoo movement under the bus for Joe Biden.  But the current Charmed kerfuffle isn’t between the original cast and the reboot cast after Rose McGowan said she didn’t like the reboot.

It started when McGowan and Hollie Marie Combs complained about the show being rebooted without them, and without asking them to be involved, which they thought was essentially trading on the name of the brand they built to sell an inferior product. They joked that their series had been removed from Netflix so people didn’t confuse the new series with the one with the “old people.” People who saw the George Clooney Batman movies or The Amazing Spider-Man films will know exactly what they mean.

Sarah Jeffery of the new cast decided that the only reason someone wouldn’t like the new Charmed reboot would be racism and tweeted about it, accusing the former stars of “putting down women of color.”

If you thought Rose McGowan was going to stay silent and just take that, you don’t know Rose McGowan. She took on Harvey Weinstein and his army of spies, she’s not afraid of a CW actor.

Here’s how McGowan responded on her Instagram Story, via People:

“Dear Sarah Jeffery, I honestly had no idea who you were til you tweeted,” McGowan wrote in her post. “I have been too busy fighting monsters & fighting for a massive Cultural Reset to notice who’s in the reboot. Absolutely nothing to do with race, that’s quite a stretch you took. I’m beyond glad any WOC has a well paying job. Hell yes to that. I’m sure you are a great actress.”

She continued: “‘My quibble (google it) is about execs & producers & @wb network trading on years of my work & name in such a cynical and obvious way – a money grab to cash in on the Charmed name. I do not care that they remade it, I have far bigger things I’m dealing with. I do not nor will I watch a show I disagree with on principle.”

“This is not ego trashing the reboot, this is a criticism of creators … with little to no imagination making bank off of years of us busting our ass to create a legacy that you are actually profiting off of as well,” McGown wrote. “I care that original fans weren’t listened to. I care that Hollywood won’t stop making remakes that don’t need to be remade. It’s a formula that’s gone on for too long.”

Hollie Marie Combs also responded to the accusation in a much more blunt way, saying “That’s some bullshit.”

I’m on team old people here. Reboots, by definition, are either just retreading the same old stories or have a different enough premise that they could be a new series and are just trading on an established name trying to bring in an existing audience. It’s not to say that they’re bad, but CW’s DC Comics shows have gone out of their way to include actors from previous adaptations, including bringing John Wesley Shipp onto Flash as Jay Garrick, the first Flash and having Batman: The Animated Series Star Kevin Conroy play Batman in Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Charmed seems to want to have its cake and eat it to by using the name of the previous series to bring in old fans while also trying to distance itself from the show, which I never thought was very good but had a very engaged cult following. The new cast clearly has no respect for what came before them, at any rate, and I think Ghostbusters proved that calling people who don’t like your crappy reboot bigots isn’t exactly the best marketing strategy.

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AussieD
AussieD
7 days ago

‘Hear! Hear!’ on all fronts.

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