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Asia Argento, Who Accused Weinstein, Made Deal With Her Own Accuser

By The New York Times

Italian actress and director Asia Argento was among the first women in the movie business to publicly accuse producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. She became a leading figure in the #MeToo movement. Her boyfriend, culinary television star Anthony Bourdain, eagerly joined the fight

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  • This only speaks to how complex this issue is — it’s inevitable to act how you are treated, and power structures extend beyond gender. That said, ultimately motivations don’t matter, sexual abuse is never okay.

    Frankly, I am surprised and glad to see the Times reporting such a gray story — these issues and the corresponding social disruption are never black and white. It is important to embrace those nuances and not shy away from the real challenges this movement presents.

  • Ernie Sander
    Ernie SanderDirector of Platform Community at Quartz

    There are two takeaways from this. One, as many people are pointing out on Twitter and other places, is that this makes Argento something of a hypocrite. Weinstein is a horrible person (not to mention a criminal), and I'm glad she mustered the courage to help bring him down. But when she came out with those stories of abuse, she should have stated that using one's power to coerce other people into sexual acts is a subject that she knows about from the other side too. And she should have told this

    There are two takeaways from this. One, as many people are pointing out on Twitter and other places, is that this makes Argento something of a hypocrite. Weinstein is a horrible person (not to mention a criminal), and I'm glad she mustered the courage to help bring him down. But when she came out with those stories of abuse, she should have stated that using one's power to coerce other people into sexual acts is a subject that she knows about from the other side too. And she should have told this story then and there. Yes, it would have made her a less perfect messenger for the case against Weinstein, but perhaps a better messenger for the broader movement.

    Which brings me to the second, and I think, more powerful takeaway: that the problem that #metoo is trying to shine a light on is, of course, much bigger and more complicated than we think. I'm sure in coming months and years we will be learning about many more people who have been on both sides of this—in some cases people who have been public advocates for victims of sexual assault in their industry and yet have been abusers too.

  • Adam Halinaty
    Adam HalinatyPhotographer at Halifoto

    What I’m really bothered by is that this article repeatedly refers to it as ‘sexual assault’ - last I checked, non-consensual sex of any kind let alone with a minor was called rape. Let’s not mince words here: Asia raped this kid.

  • JJ Brennan
    JJ BrennanMan At The Top at Blue Spruce Productions

    Glass houses.

  • Yuni Wakamatu
    Yuni Wakamatu

    No surprising at all.

    (Think about the olympic village and what was distributed to players.)

    Nowadays younger guy-mature woman couples are found everywhere.

    Guys need protect themselves.

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