This is why Rose McGowan smiling next to Weinstein in old photos does not warrant even the slightest scrutiny. I can’t speak for her or the other women who have come forward to accuse Weinstein of abusing them, but current statements from several victims suggest that, at the time, smiling through it felt like their only option. And that’s not something McGowan or anyone else should be punished for: McGowan, like anyone in any field, wanted a successful career, and it was understood that Weinstein was someone who could easily propel an actor to stardom or, just as easily, crush them. When the person abusing you has so much control that even if you try to meekly sidle away, everything you do going forward will be affected, there is no other option. You stand there, you look at the camera, and you smile.