Sabo, a street artist linked to the alt-right movement, is claiming responsibility for the #SheKnew posters depicting Meryl Streep standing next to Harvey Weinstein that showed up around Los Angeles on Wednesday.
"She’s swiping at us so we’re swiping back," Sabo told The Guardian, referring to Streep's past comments opposing President Trump.
The 49-year-old artist, also a former Marine, has been called the "alt-right Banksy"after he plastered posters of Trump and Milo Yiannopoulos across L.A, with his other recent stunts including a billboard of Sen. Al Franken following his allegations of groping. Sabo told the Guardian that he doesn't plan to target Trump about his boasts of groping women on the infamous Access Hollywood tape, saying, “I don’t know a man who I’ve had a beer who doesn’t talk (expletive) like that. We don’t have proof of Trump doing it. Who am I to judge him on that?”
Harvey Weinstein scandal: #SheKnew posters call out Meryl Streep
Sabo told the Guardian that he didn't know whether Streep was actually complicit in Weinstein's crimes, as his posters implied. “I wasn’t sitting in a room with her," he said. "I can’t say 100%. But I’d say anyone in the (film) industry had a pretty good idea. I think she knew. Maybe she was providing Weinstein with the fresh meat.”
The posters followed Rose McGowan's tweets this weekend calling out Streep for her professional relationship with Weinstein, implying that the Oscar-winning actress knew about Weinstein's alleged predatory behavior.
In a tweet that appears to have been taken down, McGowan wrote that "actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @GoldenGlobes in a silent protest. YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa."
Streep said it hurt to be attacked by McGowan in a letter sent to USA TODAY by her rep Monday, saying she did not know about Weinstein's alleged behavior and refuting the claim that she stayed deliberately silent.
Late Monday, McGowan did not directly mention Streep on Twitter, but wrote that "the Marchesa line was beneath me and I’m sorry for that...There is no map for this road I’m on, I will (screw) up. Peace be with you, go with Goddess."