This year we finally got a strong enough flashlight, shone it under Hollywood’s fridge, and saw all the cockroaches come scuttling out. Except there’s one accused predator who just can’t be exterminated. Of all the light-shedding #MeToo stories, Woody Allen’s name continues to pop up repeatedly, but nothing happens. Woody keeps getting work. Woody keeps getting enthusiastic A-list stars who want to work with him. Dylan Farrow isn’t happy that Woody gets a pass.
Dylan wrote another op-ed for The Los Angeles Times that was published yesterday. Dylan begins by reminding everyone of her allegations that Woody molested her when she was 7-years-old. She then asks why someone like Harvey Weinstein was run out of Hollywood (with help from her own brother Ronan Farrow, no less) after allegations of sexual assault were made against him. More allegations have been made for years against Woody Allen – like by Mariel Hemingway – and he still gets multi-million dollar deals.
“It is a testament to Allen’s public relations team and his lawyers that few know these simple facts. It also speaks to the forces that have historically protected men like Allen: the money and power deployed to make the simple complicated, to massage the story.”
She goes on to slap at Kate Winslet for repeatedly gushing over her Wonder Wheel director, then Blake Lively for applauding the women who spoke up about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged behavior, but claiming it’s “dangerous” to judge Woody. Dylan also drags Lady Bird writer and director Greta Gerwig (who starred in To Rome With Love) who said in a recent NPR interview that the revelations made against people like Harvey Weinstein were “heartbreaking and long overdue,” but refused to include Woody, saying that situation is “difficult to talk about.” Dylan also notes how frustrating it is that her brother Moses Farrow is also on Team Woody.
Dylan does praise Ellen Page, Susan Sarandon, and Jessica Chastain for having the courage to speak up against Woody.
Dylan is also tired of having this conversation while a percentage of Hollywood plugs its ears and chants “Lalalala.” But she’s legitimately getting tired of the hate she and her mother, Mia Farrow, get for speaking up.
“Even now, I hesitate to speak out. Allen’s savvy affiliates know that it’s unseemly to direct attacks at me, an alleged victim, and so the invective is directed at my mother again and again. It’s awful and enraging.”
Dylan ends with a call for people to stop treating Woody differently.
“It isn’t just power that allows men accused of sexual abuse to keep their careers and their secrets. It is also our collective choice to see simple situations as complicated and obvious conclusions as a matter of ‘who can say?’ The system worked for Harvey Weinstein for decades. It works for Woody Allen still.”
You can read Dylan’s entire piece here. The main message of Dylan’s op-ed is that people have got to stop giving Woody a pass. Especially since we’ve spent the last few months holding men accountable for their actions after women and men have spoken up about their bad behavior. I am completely baffled as to how Woody Allen is so untouchable. My only theory is that he’s part of some kind of protective, secret Illuminati-style organization run by powerful humanoid shadowpeople that meet under the cover of darkness several hundreds of feet below the Earth’s surface. It might also explain why he always looks so pasty and squinty-eyed in the daylight.