Italian actress Asia Argento is one of the latest to accuse Hollywood giant Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. However, it has been revealed that she has not faced the same sympathy in her own country that she has abroad.
The actress reported that she felt “doubly crucified” by both the assault and by some reactions from Italy since sharing her story and temporarily moved to Berlin to escape.
“I am being shamed by the Italian media…”
– Argento in an interview to Variety (News.com.au)
So why has the #Metoo campaign not had the same effect in Italy, that it has across much of the rest of the world?
News.com.au reports that many question the length of time been the incidents and the allegations since many of the accusations coming forward are from multiple years ago.
However, as The New York Times investigates, Italy’s unsympathetic response may reveal something deeper about their own culture.
President of Italy’s Chamber of Deputies, Laura Boldrini discussed how it wasn’t the fact harassment did not occur in Italy, but the fact there are strong repercussions for those who do speak up.
“They know that in this country, there is a strong prejudice against them.”
– Laura Boldrini, president of Italy’s Chamber of Deputies (The New York Times)
This creates a silencing effect and explains both some of the reactions to Asia Argento’s story and why the #Metoo campaign has not had the same response in the European country.