Last week, The Hollywood Reporter devoted the cover to Woody Allen, and of course you know that, because you’re probably still trying to find ways to cleanse your mind of the memory of what he said about Soon-Yi. You can go ahead and take off “watch 25 ‘kitten playing with an ice cube’ videos on YouTube” and “smoke a joint cut with purifying sage” from your list of remedies to try. I tried both, and neither worked. This week, The Hollywood Reporter published an op-ed piece from Woody’s son Ronan Farrow about how Hollywood and the media continues to support a shriveled up worm who has been accused of abuse. The piece came out today, the same day that Woody’s new movie Cafe Society debuts at Cannes.
Ronan goes into detail about how, like Bill Cosby, many members of the media and Hollywood work to protect Woody and try to get the public to forget all the dark-sided stuff that he’s been accused of doing. Frank Sinatra’s maybe-son (I will forever believe!) writes that when his sister Dylan Farrow was ready tell her story, pretty much every major publication gave her a thumbs down. None of them wanted to touch it. The New York Times eventually posted Dylan’s story on their website. Ronan points out that The New York Times also let Woody defend himself against Dylan’s allegations, but they posted his response in print and gave him a lot more space. Ronan’s entire piece is here.
Ronan also gets into how Dylan is disappointed that some of the famous people she likes have signed up to work with her alleged attacker:
Amazon paid millions to work with Woody Allen, bankrolling a new series and film. Actors, including some I admire greatly, continue to line up to star in his movies. “It’s not personal,” one once told me. But it hurts my sister every time one of her heroes like Louis C.K., or a star her age, like Miley Cyrus, works with Woody Allen. Personal is exactly what it is — for my sister, and for women everywhere with allegations of sexual assault that have never been vindicated by a conviction.
Tonight, the Cannes Film Festival kicks off with a new Woody Allen film. There will be press conferences and a red-carpet walk by my father and his wife (my sister). He’ll have his stars at his side — Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg. They can trust that the press won’t ask them the tough questions. It’s not the time, it’s not the place, it’s just not done.
Ronan was really wrong for including Kristen Stewart’s name. I mean, she claims that she totally had a conversation with Jesse Eisenberg about whether or not they should work with Woody Allen, and ultimately decided that they don’t know Dylan or anybody else involved, so who cares, so what! Jesse Eisenberg claims that he doesn’t remember having that talk with KStew. So there’s a chance that KStew got mega stoned and actually had that conversation with a really smug-looking potted plant, but still! She thought about it. So get off her ass, Ronan!
And here’s Blake NotSoLively’s pregnant ass, Kristen Stewart (looking like a cracked-out goth school teacher), Jesse Eisenberg and Corey Stoll at the screening of Cafe Society at Cannes tonight: