Rose McGowan isn’t just making headlines for her vigorous takedown of a Variety film critic; as a tribute to one of the music world’s most enduring feminists, the actress has stepped behind the camera to direct a music video for Yoko Ono.
It’s a new version of Ono’s 1970′s song “Catman.” The updated tune has been remixed by Swedish indie pop band Miike Snow and is featured on the 83-year-old’s latest album Yes, I’m A Witch Too.
The video features a young woman, dressed like a cat, dancing against a hyper-color, Mod-vibed set alongside a cast of older women.
“Yoko Ono has been an ardent supporter of women and modern dance for years,” McGowan said about the clip. “Casting women dancers over 60, including one with cancer, was my way of showing that vitality doesn’t die with age.
Over the past few years, McGowan has shifted her focus from acting to activism. She’s been a vocal critic of sexism in the film industry - particularly after calling out a chauvinistic casting call in a 2015 Tweet, a move that which ultimately led to McGowan being dropped by her agent.
casting note that came w/script I got today. For real. name of male star rhymes with Madam Panhandler hahahaha I die pic.twitter.com/lCWGTV537t— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan)June 18, 2015
That didn’t stop McGowan, who continues to speak out for women’s causes. In a Hollywood Reporter guest op-ed published on July 6th, McGowan hit back at film critic Owen Gleiberman for a piece he penned about plastic surgery among actresses in Hollywood. “You [Gleiberman] are an active endorser of what is tantamount to harassment and abuse of actresses and women,” she writes.