Hollywood stars defend Asia Argento after they bullied following Anthony Bourdain’s death.
Celebrities are for Asia Argento.
After the death of her friend, Anthony Bourdain, the 42-year-old actress has become a victim of online bullying, with some people blaming her for the famous food critic’s tragic death by suicide last month. In the midst of all the opposition, a number of A-list crowd joined hands and locked “in an open letter to everyone who loves Anthony Bourdain and what he stood for” in an op-ed in The New York Times.
“A fervent supporter of women and the #MeToo movement, Bourdain the loss was a tragedy on so many levels, to so many people who saw him as a beacon of a new way of being. We share that concern and deepest sorrow of his family and those closest to him, whose pain must be unimaginable,” the letter, signed by stars such as Rose McGowan, Olivia Munn, Terry Crews and Rosanna Arquette reads. “One of the most vocal and unwavering digits in the #MeToo movement is Asia Argento. At the center of our community, Asia has been, her fist in the air, fight daily not only for justice, for those of us she has come to know, but for abused people all over the world.”
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“Asia has now found itself on the receiving end of the cruel cyber bullying and horrific slander against the hands of internet trolls that make her responsible for Anthony’s death. She is accused of everything from what her friend’s suicide to try to help her ‘survivor ‘ status’ and the #MeToo motion to advance her career,” the letter continues. “There has long been a traditional story of blaming, vilifying and martyring courageous women. We reject that story. If there is one thing that we know with complete confidence, ‘sexual abuse victim’ is not a title that someone wants attached to themselves. Is known as a sexual violence victim is not a badge of honor or a career booster; it is a very difficult, sometimes traumatic and humiliating experience.”
Further in the letter, celebs, ask those who “are angry and mourn” the loss of Bourdain to find a healthy outlet for their pain, and not the debt to Argento, as she “is not a headline”, but a “human being” suffering “a terrible pain.”
“We understand that sexual harassment and violence are worldwide epidemics. Our application for Asia is a request for any and all survivors,” the letter continues. “Our stand up for her and to any and all bullies. We beg you to be kind to each other, to believe survivors, to stand up for the survivors, to encourage, to support and sympathize with them. We ask you to stand with us, we are with Asia.”
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Read the full letter here.
Since Bourdain’s death, Argento has shared a few photos of her and her deceased partner together over the years via Instagram. At the end of last month, she posted a selfie of the two enjoying the sun, with a beautiful clear blue sky and crystal clear water in the background.
“Two weeks without,” she says with subtitle, disable the comments.
Two weeks without you
On the day that it was announced that his death, they also gave the following statement:
“Anthony gave all of himself in everything he did. His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired many, and his generosity knew no bounds. He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am broken. My thoughts are with his family. I would want you to respect their privacy and that of me.”
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As ET earlier reported, Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in Kraysersberg, France, on June 8, by his good friend, Eric Ripert, a French chef, with whom he was filming his CNN series, “s Unknown.” He was cremated in France on 13 June. In addition to Argento, Bourdain is survived by his 11-year-old daughter, Ariane.