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."
McGowan later moved on from the tiff and posted another selfie, this time presumably in the back of a cab, with the caption: "An alien in NY."