Rose McGowan strikes back at haters who claim she looks like Michael Jackson

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Rose McGowan, 40, has had plastic surgery to the point where she looks like a different person. She’s always said that she had surgery to correct damage from a car accident in 2007 during which she was slashed under her eye when her sunglasses were smashed onto her face. Some people thought that story was fabricated, but even if it happened as she claimed it does look like she did more than just fix that injury. Did she injure her nose too?

Judging from the way McGowan responded to negative comments on Instagram, she’s pretty sensitive about her appearance and whatever it is she had done. She posted this strange selfie which she captioned “Afghanistan.” When people started comparing her to Michael Jackson she went off. I’ll quote US Magazine here because I don’t have the patience to read through tons of Instagram comments:

It all started when the Charmed actress posted a picture of herself wearing sunglasses, with the simple caption, “Afghanistan.” One commenter then wrote, “You look like Michael Jackson,” while another by the name @Katrinabunny commented: “#michaeljackson no more plastic surgery please!”

McGowan immediately replied to the user, writing, “@katrinabunny coming from, ummm, you.” The actress, who got reconstructive surgery after being in a car accident in 2007, went on to write: “Has anyone stopped to think that Michael Jackson used to be black, and tried to turn himself into a white, possibly Irish person with a cleft chin and a tiny nose? I was born Irish. So f–k off losers.”

While some commenters came to McGowan’s defense, the actress was still clearly upset. Wanting to make a point, she posted a side-by-side picture of Michael Jackson before and after his surgeries, with the caption: “Exactly. You dumb f–ks. Eat it.”

[From US Magazine]

Users are now going off on McGowan for disrespecting Michael Jackson. My favorite comment comes from user mary_domino, who writes “she clearly does give plenty of fu*ks about us or she wouldn’t have posted this picture or commented to the fan who started this whole mess in the first place.” Exactly.

I don’t get why celebrities post preening selfies and then get all worked up when people make rude comments. Should people comment like that? No, of course not and I do think there should be more controls in place but that’s just how it is on some of these sites. Twitter and Instagram are free-for-alls. Post to just your friends on Facebook if you don’t want to get trolling comments. Even then there’s no guarantee that people aren’t going to be obnoxious. If you respond to them you’re just going to make it worse.


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  1. GeeMoney says:

    She’s had a good amount of work done. When she was on Charmed, you could see the differences in how her face changed from season to season. Her plastic surgery journey hasn’t been recent… it’s been going on since at least 2002.

    And, obviously she’s had work done to her face outside of the injury she sustained in that car accident. I mean, who needs a face lift to fix damage to their eye? Hmmm…

    • SpookySpooks says:

      But the accident and damage of her faced could have messed up her view of herself. I’m sure the accident had psychological consequences too.
      And even if she had surgery, who cares? It’s her face.

      • GeeMoney says:

        I don’t give a crap what she does to her face… she can do what ever she wants to it. But for the record… it doesn’t look good.

      • Olenna says:

        What GeeMoney said. She used to be pretty, but the plastic surgery has actually matured (aged) her face and not in a good way.

      • Pinky says:

        I agree with GeeMoney and want to add that Kim Kardashian is heading in this direction. Who wants to go from an adorable, youthful, and spicy-looking woman to a pre-maturely aged plastic-looking generic clone? I think we all agree that she was beautiful before all the PS. Now she looks well over 40 years old. A pretty good 40, but 40 nonetheless. And once she crosses that threshold, she’s going to be scrambling to regain her youthful appearance by undergoing more PS. She should have left well enough alone and aged gracefully with her original, beautiful features. I hope she has the sense to allow Nori to grow up self-possessed while considering herself beautiful and discourage her from messing with her features in order to attain some fickle, impermanent, idealized perception of beauty.

      • becky says:

        True, it is her face. But it that also her hair? Her real hair? No extensions/ pieces etc? I know you celebitches have the answer.

    • Alexi says:

      Agree. Too much work on. I mean,I honestly couldn’t recognize her from the first picture … Sad

      • MaiGirl says:

        I think that part of the reason she is so sensitive is that she knows things have gone too far, deep down. She really looks like a Real Housewife now, it’s so funny how tweaks too young make you look older, and she was sooooo pretty before all the tweaks. I’m not doubting that she damaged her face in an accident, but she has clearly done a lot more than just repair that damage!

      • I feel sad when I see the change, because I always thought she was such a beautiful girl, in the tradition of a Varga pinup or something. Now she looks like any other Real housewife on the streets of LA.

    • FF says:


      I think that accident pushed it over the edge, though.

  2. MrsBPitt says:

    She kinda looks like Lindsay Lohan in some of those pics

  3. lucy2 says:

    Oh…she kind of does. A cross between Michael and Lindsay Lohan? She has definitely had work done beyond whatever had to happen after her accident.
    I don’t get putting stuff out there and then being upset with the response. And it’s clearly gotten to her or she would have just ignored it. Bickering online just seems petty.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      She’s a 40-year-old acting like a 14-year-old.

      Why respond to juvenile behavior with juvenile behavior? Silly.

    • rianic says:

      I’ve said for a while she looks like a LILO MJ love child

    • Arock says:

      She’s morphing into Latoya Jackson and Cindy spellings love child.
      This is not the result of an accident, it’s a symptom another issue. She looks so weird.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      People never look good bowing down to the level of trolls. If she’d just left it alone, the original comment stands alone as being immature. When she got down in the mud with them, she disgraced herself, not the commentor.

  4. Decloo says:

    Is she poling gondolas in Venice now? What’s with the stupid hat? Her t-shirt illustrates explicitly how much interest I have in her.

  5. Frida_K says:

    It’s the weird, Lana del Rey fish lips that make her look so freaky, not her nose.

  6. Audrey says:

    As a charmed fangirl, these pics are painful to look at.

    Make me a bit queasy. Whyyyyyy

  7. littlemissnaughty says:

    Ugh, I can’t sh*t on her for getting this much plastic surgery. She looked great before and now she simply looks nipped and tucked. As soon as a face screams SURGERY, it’s not attractive to me anymore although I’m sure people are going for the opposite reaction. I understand having certain things “fixed”. By all means, if you feel better, do it. Even if objectively, nothing was in need of fixing. Hell, I’m happy about my face but I would definitely have other stuff done if I had the money and wasn’t so scared.

    Where it gets sad is when people don’t even look remotely like themselves anymore or simply very fake. They can’t be happy with themselves, can they?

  8. Izzy says:

    Michael Jackson, no. The Cracken, yes. Blech.

    • CTgirl says:

      Michael Jackson wasn’t trying to look like a white Irish chick. He was trying to look like Diana Ross. Unfortunately for him, he pretty much succeeded. He was a great looking kid who just ruined his looks. Very sad.

  9. Tanguerita says:

    did she hurt her mouth too? Because her lips look atrocious.

  10. eliza says:

    She used to be so pretty. I just do not understand the need for these celebrity women to Botox and lip fill their faces to the extent that they do. I blame less on the actual surgeries and more on the fillers and Tox.

    I also do not understand the need for constant selfies on social media sites and people not putting their settings to “Private”. While I do not have Facebook or Instagram, if I did, I would only allow people I know to see my pages. Why the need to let strangers see your world? Do.Not.Get.It.

  11. Vampi says:

    She is showing her ignorance. Michael had Vitiligo, he did not wnat to be white. And her saying he was trying to be Irish?? What the…??? She is the one who is a dunb f-k and a loser here.
    Did she even think for one minute that Michael has 3 children who are still mourning the loss of their father before she started spewing her tabloid lie trash followed by a personal attack on a dead man?? No…no of course she didn’t! SMH!

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      What she said was stupid but much worse has been said about Michael since his death. Take comfort in the fact that Michael’s kids probably don’t even know who Rose McGowan is. I’m sure their family shields them from stuff like this as much as possible.

      Michael and Rose may not look alike but they both share(d) a very distorted sense of self-image.

    • GiGi says:

      MJ may not have wanted to be White, but he certainly didn’t want to be Black. And I’m not talking about his skin color, but rather his numerous plastic surgeries to Anglicize his features. It’s well documented that he was self conscious about his nose and hair from a young age. I don’t think it’s her comment was that far off the mark.

      • Kim1 says:

        A Black person wanting a smaller nose doesn’t mean they want to be White.I find it interesting that people never claim a White person getting fuller lips or tanned skin wants to be Black or doesn’t want to be White.
        MJ didn’t want to be White he didn’t want to look like his father Joe who he despised.He was proud of his African ancestry and talked about it all the time including in his last interview with Ebony.
        Unfortunately he was also addicted to plastic surgery.

      • Eleonor says:

        I think we can all agree MJ had an awful case of body dismorphic disorder, probably he himself didn’t know how he wanted to look like. Too bad starting from his family, he was sourrounded by people who wanted his money and not his wellbeing.

      • FingerBinger says:

        Michael’s nose was the target of his father’s ridicule. The whole family apparently made fun of Micheal’s nose. It wasn’t about him trying to be white it was about him trying to fix something he thought made him look like ugly. As for his hair,he suffered burns in a Pepsi commercial and the hair never grew back properly. It made him self conscious and he started wearing wigs. BTW the rumor has always been that he wanted to look like Diana Ross.

      • Sozual says:

        I take information from people closest to him. His mother talked about him getting addicted to plastic surgery. She also talked about him thinking he was ugly through puberty. I watched a lot of stuff about michael jackson after his death. Lisa Marie’s interview with Oprah, the Jackson familie’s interviews with Oprah after his death, the movie Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon (on netflix), tapes from Rabbi Shmuley, and Michael Jackson: Private Home movies talk about the child molestation accusations, his issues with self image, vitiligo, and etc. Interviews with his kids mother also show who Mike was. I got that was a philanderer. Had affairs with Madonna and Whitney Houston. Someone arrogant and etc. Issues that afflict famous people. He was a misogynist. Obsessed with being number. Still had issues with his problems from growing up. Joe being an abuser etc. Michael is not a child molester. The LAPD has a bad rep for a reason and I forgot the guys name, but he was going after Michael cause he was a rich black man. The talk about that in the Story of an Icon movie

    • ccinkissimmee says:


      • Leaflet says:

        + 1 million on Jackson not wanting to be white and the LAPD wanting to go after him for being a successful rich black man. Get tired of those stupid @ss surgeries. When white folks get butt work done or plumped lips or tanned , no one ever accuses them of trying to be black. As if whites are the only ones who have narrow noses, long hair, or small lips. People also accuse blacks women of wanting to be white if they get relaxers in their hair or straighten their hair. There are Aboriginals are blacks that genetically have straight hair. Blacks that relax their hair do so because it is more manageable that way and because they like the style. Whites who believe that definitely have a chip on their shoulders because the white race isn’t the only race with genetically straight hair. These ignorant assumptions and sayings are so fu(k#!* stupid. As if blacks are dying to be white. Get over yourself. Any person, regardless, of color can get addicted to plastic surgery if their self esteem isn’t good enough and they have the money to do it. Please stop the none sense.

    • Jayna says:

      He had a gazillion nose job surgeries trying to get the tiniest, thinnest nose he could — and was never happy — to the point, his nose collapsed. That’s a man with serious issues about his looks and not being happy. His eye job looks like he did that several times. He was a good-looking guy who was addicted to plastic surgery and ruined his face.

    • serena says:

      That’s right.. don’t forget Paris tried to commit suicide last year (or was it two years ago?), and people telling this kind of BS is not gonna help those poor kids. How can you shield a teenager from internet I wonder…

    • Leaflet says:

      @Vampi, I just posted the same comment about Michaels skin condition down thread before I read your. Glad that everyone isn’t stupid enough to believe in that Mich wanted to be white cruel, specious tales.

  12. Green Is Good says:

    Sadly, she’s nearly unrecognizable.

  13. Ra says:

    I was thinking more Jack Nicholson’s The Joker. :-/

  14. GiGi says:

    Her face is… um.. taut. This is not a good look. I have big lips but at 36, they’re getting some lines & a softness they didn’t have when I was young – her lips look like balloons. This is not a natural look. I guess some people like it. The sad thing is that it usually looks much worse in person. Everytime I see a person who’s had extensive work done it looks so painful in real life.

  15. Sisi says:

    the plastic surgery gave Michael a very haunting look in the eyes, LaToya and Joan Rivers have it too. I think it has someting to do with pulling the eyes too open or something. In that regard, there certainly are similarities, altho many overusers of PS exhibit these oddities, not just Michael Jackson.

    • eliza says:

      The pulling of the eyes reminds me of the fabulous scene in Behind the Candelabra when Matt Damon and Micheal Douglas are in bed after one of Liberace’s latest surgeries and Damon’s character gets spooked by Liberace’s wide opened eyes while he is sleeping.

      • Sisi says:

        yeah that was creepy XD

        It always reminds me of Gary Oldman’s face in Hannibal. Even creepier 🙁

    • Kay V says:

      Omg! I LOVE your profile pic! It’s flawless!

  16. Immy says:

    She doesn’t even look like the same person, in comparison to her old photo (pre-work)

    I hope she saved her Charmed money, I can’t imagine she’s getting many offers these days, which is sad, because she was pretty before. I can’t imagine surgery to repair damage from broken eye glasses would make her look the way she does now….

  17. Jayna says:

    I saw her on some red carpet recently and she’s looking much better, closer to how she looked when younger but an older version, someone in their 40s. For a while she looked like a different person altogether. So there have been some improvements as far as looking a little better than years ago.

    Many of these actresses just ruin their faces by their fake up lip and filler, like her and Meg Ryan. Their upper lip gets really wide, not just fuller, and the filler changes their face.

  18. Ciria says:

    She was so beautiful and went way overboard with the surgeries.

    Her lips are so weird now.

    • Nick says:

      She was in my top 5. I thought I saw a picture of her recently and she looked amazing, I guess not or is this new look brand new?

  19. Savanna says:

    Oh my god she looks like the pale version of Lisa Rinna.

  20. Mike says:

    She is showing off that intellect that apparently is so intimidating to studio executives.

  21. serena says:

    What a stupid comment she made. First she alienated all the MJ fans, ok he had a lot of plastic surgery but there was no need to be so offensive about it. Second, she did too and I don’t get why she doesn’t admit it when it’s so painfully clear she did (and enough about the car incident, her whole face changed!). She should have played it like a joke, insted Rose went ballistic and offended a lot of people, MJ and all.

    I still like Rose, but that was a big fall-off, she needs to stop acting like that. I get that she’s insecure but she’s the first one to post lots and lots of selfies on her instagramm.. so what, do you expect people to only say nice things? Grow up and face it like an adult!

    • Mel says:

      It was an astonishingly, incredibly clumsy and uncool thing to do. If anything, she has shown that she does care, a LOT, about other people think, to the point whre she cannot even think clearly when “attacked”.


  22. blue marie says:

    Wow, she is not looking good..

  23. Mia4S says:

    I actually feel bad for her and many actresses like her. That’s a face that had zero expectation of continuing to work because of talent. True or not, it’s sad.

    • Scarlet Vixen says:

      I think the surgery pretty much ruined her career. Pictures don’t accurately show how badly she’s messed up her face. I saw her as a guest on a tv show a few years ago (Law & Order maybe) and she could hardly move her face. It looked like it was extremely painful for her to even speak. And forget any kind of emoting. I hadn’t seen her in anything for awhile, so I actually thought she’d perhaps had a stroke!

      • serena says:

        She starred in some episodes of ‘Once Upon A Time’ and she produced a movie, but that’s it as far as I know.

      • kri says:

        @Scarlet-when I saw her on L&O (to get my Meloni fix) I was appalled. She looks bad. I mean, how severe was the accident she was in? Did they have to re-do her face or did she decide to go way overboard? Either way, it’s not good. I wish these women would look at each other(or Bruce Jenner) and think long and hard about messing with their faces.

  24. Talie says:

    She definitely had the Lara Flynn Boyle special — now it looks like she’s melting.

  25. AG-UK says:

    Now she is just 41 but looks like she is heading towards the Jackie Stallone book of plastic surgery. I can understand repairing a scar from an accident but clearly she has done more and do they not realise they look older she looks older than me and I am older than her by a few years.

  26. M.A.F. says:

    I had such a girly crush on her when she was a thing in the 90s. Her stepping out w/Marilyn Mason was fun to watch. Still love the movie Jawbreaker.

  27. Kori says:

    She was on Law & Orde:SVU a few years ago and literally (and I mean it in the true sense) could not fully move her face. It was so disconcerting and I can usually overlook plastic surgery (I watch various RHO series after all). It was like a combo of Botox and lip fillers and made it so she couldn’t close her mouth all the way while also not being able to open it fully. Her face truly was frozen. She was on Once Upon a Time last year and it seemed better though.

    • Ellie66 says:

      I saw that episode her face was so distracting
      I couldn’t get past her face she was so frozen. 🙁

    • Cora says:

      Oh God, I remember that episode! I didn’t even recognize her. I spent the entire episode trying to figure out who the woman was because she looked vaguely familiar. I ended up having to look it up on the internet and when I found out it was Rose I was stunned.

  28. Annie says:

    These pics are from last year, she actually looks more like her old self in photos from this year, seems she’s letting all those crappy fillers wear off.

    In the 2013 photos she looks like a cross between Lilo and someone else… post surgery Megan Fox? That model Coco Rocha or whatever she’s called? Lara Flynn Boyle? It’s hard to say, these plastic clones all end up looking the same.

  29. Hot Farts says:

    She’s a really cute girl. She is ruining her cute looks. Her nose was perfect and now looks warped. Just like Kim K. She looks body-snatched

  30. Word on the street is that she did a ton of cocaine back in the day, no celebs ever look the same after they quit that drug (see Stevie Nicks, Blondie, etc.) Cocaine is a helluva drug.

  31. starrywonder says:

    I thought this was Ashley Judd! I didn’t recognize her at all!

  32. Josefa says:

    I’ll just say, damn. She used to be so pretty.

  33. Mrsjennyk says:

    She lookalike she’s trying to look like Joan Crawford. The hat photos are quite disturbing

  34. Zigggy says:

    Her comment is f*cking hilarious.

  35. irishserra says:

    After watching the Hunger Games movie and seeing the people in the Capitol with the freakishly plastic faces as the new norm, I’m amused when I see all of the celebrities and thier botched faces and many of their followers who emulate same. Wouldn’t that be crazy if down the road, we unbotched are the minority?

  36. Kate2 says:

    Without commenting on what she intended or didn’t intend to do with the plastic surgeries, I think the bottom line is whoever did them did a crappy job. She was a very beautiful girl and while I wouldn’t put her anywhere NEAR MJ’s obsessive destruction of his face, she still looks dramatically different. I don’t know how bad her face was injured in the accident, but if she’s telling us this is all due to that, then it must have been pretty bad.

  37. Leaflet says:

    I wish people would stop saying that Michael Jackson wanted to be white. That sh!t ain’t true. Michael Jackson suffered from a skin disease called Vitiligo that causes him to have dr pigmentation in his skin. And instead of him allowing it to ruin his skin and livelihood, he chose to brighten his skin, so it would all be the same color. Michael said it when he was alive that he had the skin disease. Janet also said it. And most of all, the Coroner’s Report proved it. Instead of McGowan attacking the trolls who were attacking her, she attacked a dead man. At one point before MJ died, he was the most philanthropic entertainer that ever loved. Dumb @ss, she can go Fu(k herself.

    • FF says:

      People like believing lies about MJ. If they can make it about his plastic surgery and not his cultural contribution as one of the biggest artists in history then they’ll keep pushing that in the hopes that he’ll be remembered as a joke.

      People won’t forget who he was though, precisely because of all the lies.

  38. Jayna says:

    Lara Flynn Boyle is the one who destroyed her face.

    • wow says:

      Yeah, she’s another one. As is Joan Rivers. Vivica A. Fox, The majority of the Housewives from Beverly Hills and Orange County shows….ugh. The list seems unending.

  39. wow says:

    Whoa, she use to be so cute with her regular face.

    I won’t judge her right to have plastic surgery but her “reasoning” sound almost as “believable” as those people who get nose jobs due to a “sinus problem”.

  40. mazomazohyst says:

    Oh man, I didn’t pay a lot of attention to her past Charmed, but oh my god, she looks nothing like herself anymore. Don’t get people get screened for psychological disorders before plastic surgery anymore? Body Dysmorphic Disorder anyone? Or maybe you can get what you want from really bad plastic surgeons as long as you pay enough money in the right country?

    How does it feel to wake up every morning and see a person that looks nothing like yourself in the mirror? :/