Rose McGowan’s Double Standard Regarding Asia Argento and #MeToo [VIDEO]

Rose McGowan’s Double Standard Regarding Asia Argento and #MeToo [VIDEO]

Rose McGowan’s Double Standard Regarding Asia Argento and #MeToo [VIDEO]

More than a few jaws dropped when the New York Times broke the story about Asia Argento’s own history of sexual assault against a young man. One of her co-leaders in the #MeToo movement, Rose McGowan, wants us to ‘be gentle’ with her. Folks, the hypocrisy and double standard she displays is quite something.

The New York Times story is quite detailed and it certainly isn’t something that should be glossed over.

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

But in the months that followed her revelations about Mr. Weinstein last October, Ms. Argento quietly arranged to pay $380,000 to her own accuser: Jimmy Bennett, a young actor and rock musician who said she had sexually assaulted him in a California hotel room years earlier, when he was only two months past his 17th birthday. She was 37. The age of consent in California is 18.

That claim and the subsequent arrangement for payments are laid out in documents between lawyers for Ms. Argento and Mr. Bennett, a former child actor who once played her son in a movie.

Her bold speech at Cannes this summer sent waves through the industry.

But now this story has come out. It casts an unflattering light on Argento, and it creates doubt regarding her credibility. So what does Rose McGowan do?

I would be shocked and heartbroken as well. When you find out your close friend in this #MeToo fight has feet of clay…

Italian actress Asia Argento (L) and US singer and actress Rose McGowan, who both accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, take part in a march organised by ‘Non Una Di Meno’ (Me too) movement on March 8, 2018 as part of the International Women’s Day in Rome.
‘Non Una Di Meno’, which translates as Not One (Woman) Less, is the equivalent of the movement that grew out of the Harvey Weinstein-spurred sexual harassment and rape revelations. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

However, this follow up tweet of Rose’s…

Oh. Ok. We should hang back and wait to see what other truths come out regarding all this. She is correct in that. Evidence matters. Accusations only have merit if there is real actionable evidence to back it up.

However, by this one tweet, Rose set up a double standard. We are supposed to ‘be gentle’ regarding the accusations against Argento, yet that isn’t what Rose has said about others in the past.

Christina is correct. There shouldn’t be a double standard regarding this. Period.

Don’t get me wrong, Argento was definitely a victim of Harvey Weinstein, but she can also be an abuser.

Yes, and Rosanna Arquette is correct here.

Very true, and the wounds they carry are long-lasting. Is the timing of the story suspect? It could be.

Keep in mind that Bennett and Argento stayed in touch for quite some time after the alleged attack took place. Also keep in mind that he has had to sue his parents for money he alleges they stole. Do those factors mean Argento is innocent? Not necessarily.

What does matter is this. If one starts a movement that calls out rapists and abusers, then that movement should have the exact same standards regarding all rapists and abusers – no matter who they are.

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5 Comments
  • scott says:

    Welcome to the left! If it wasn’t for double standards, they’d have no standards at all!!

    • Kevin says:

      Scott, the “left” doesn’t corner the market on double standards. The right, the middle of the road, the left, the up, the down … you name it and examples* can be easily given to show the hypocrisy of the left/right/center/up/down/middle.

      * = the “examples” can go on indefinitely for democrats, republicans, conservatives, liberals. Every day a new example is added to the list.

      • scott says:

        No question that people of all stripes can and do exhibit double standards, but on the left, it is stock in trade, not an outlier

        • Kevin says:

          Humans are pretty predictable and, regardless of their political leanings, will all screw up at some point in time. It would be fruitless but I’m sure we could match one another with “left/right” people/scenarios who were hypocritical … It’s easy to say “the other side is filled with liars and hypocrites” but not as easy to hold those you believe in and trust accountable. Excuses are being made every second to justify the behavior or statements/actions from the people/politicians we support when they do something stupid versus holding them accountable. Everyone is to blame. One group is no better or worse than another group. Just wait a day and the group/person you support will implode. It’s disappointing and sad; but that’s human nature.

  • Drew458 says:

    I’m waiting for the “Antwone Fisher” defense to gather momentum, which will make her assault of this young man Weinstein’s fault as well. I hope you are not moving in that direction.

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