Rose McGowan Doesn't Want People to Blame Asia Argento For Anthony Bourdain's Death

Asia Argento (S) and Rose McGowan during the event organized in Rome by the feminist collective "Not one less"International Women's Day, Rome, Italy - 08 Mar 2018
Read McGowan’s full letter here.

Rose McGowan has just published an open letter in reaction to the death of her friend Anthony Bourdain. Bourdain passed away on Friday due to suicide. Argento speaks of her friend and his struggles with depression throughout the past year and even how he, in the last month of his life, sought professional help from a doctor for it.

Of course, Rose being Rose, McGowan decides to address the elephant in the room, Bourdain’s relationship with her BFF and #MeToo consigliere Asia Argento. 

McGowan reveals in the letter that both Argento and Bourdain were struggling with depression over the last year. McGowan does go on to say that the past two years were also probably some of the happiest the couple ever experienced, despite their struggles with depression. 

Through a lot of this last year, Asia did want the pain to stop,” McGowan says. “But here’s the thing, over their time together, thankfully, she did the work to get help, so she could stay alive and live another day for her and her children. Anthony’s depression didn’t let him, he put down his armor, and that was very much his choice. His decision, not hers. His depression won.

McGowan went on to criticize the people blaming Argento as the cause of Bourdain’s death and how Argento and Bourdain had a “free relationship” and “loved without borders of traditional relationships,” and she mentioned the two “established the parameters of their relationship early on.

I know before Anthony died he reached out for help, and yet he did not take the doctor’s advice. And that has led us here, to this tragedy, to this loss, to this world of hurt,” McGowan writes. “Do NOT do the sexist thing and burn a woman on the pyre of misplaced blame. Anthony’s internal war was his war, but now she’s been left on the battlefield to take the bullets. It is in no way fair or acceptable to blame her or anyone else, not even Anthony.
There is no one to blame but the stigma of loneliness, the stigma of asking for help, the stigma of mental illness, the stigma of being famous and hurting.

Now, if you follow me on Facebook, you will know that I had a rather controversial post this past weekend about Argento and Bourdain's relationship, one which had supposedly ended three days before Bourdain's suicide when Argento was seen holding hands with a French reporter on the streets of Rome.

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On 6.19.18 I wrote:
"Hate to be the bearer of this news, but I might as well post it since nobody else in the media is doing it. Asia Argento was seen holding hands with another guy in Rome a few days before Anthony Bourdain took his own life. Of course, he was suffering from depression before that happened but probably didn't help."

I was referring to the Daily Mail article which came out, photos included, three days before Bourdain took his own life. 

Fact is, that Anthony Bourdain decided to kill himself shortly after the pics of Asia Argento with her friend Hugo Clement were published.  The pictures were published on June 5, 2018. Anthony killed himself on June 8, 2018. Is this enough of an obvious causal connection? Of course not. Only Bourdain knew the exact reasoning behind his offing and, even then, you can't really tell what a person going through depression is really going through. Hell, most of the time, they can't even put their agony and pain into words or a simple reasoning. 

And so, I ask again, did Asia’s infidelity triggered his suicide? Am I even allowed to ask this question without being hounded by a social media bent on blaming any person they disagree with as being a misogynist, sexist, racist etc?