Yeah, you left out the part where an independent panel of child abuse experts and social workers interviewed all parties for months and formally determined that a) no sexual abuse occurred; b) Farrow manipulated her daughter, filmed herself and Dylan talking about the alleged incident and asked her leading questions to get her to accuse Allen after c) Allen dumped her for a grown woman whom he never raised or treated like a daughter.And:
Also, there's that pesky problem of Woody Allen never saying a bad word about any of those kids, despite the horrible things they've said about him, and leading a fairly quiet life (though not necessarily normal) life with his wife of 20 years, while Mia Farrow continues to be a batshit train wreck. Meanwhile, Dylan (for whom I feel a great kinship and sadness, so no victim blaming here) admits she has almost no memory of what she acknowledges was an isolated incident. And then there's Mia Farrow's brother, who is a convicted child molester and who had regular access to Farrow's kids. Funny how you skipped all that.
But thanks for the unbelievably loaded accusations and misrepresentations of a man who was never charged with such a horrible crime, or any crime at all for that matter, even after being investigated by a small army of psychiatrists and police for years. Classy move, Gawker.
p.s. If I were Woody Allen, I'd sue the shit out of Vanity Fair, because even a high school journalist can check the court records and find massive holes in the fluff pieces they've published for Farrow. But he doesn't sue, because, as he's said repeatedly, he doesn't want to put the children through that. And I'm supposed to think Mia Farrow is the dignified one for tweeting rape jokes?!
Not saying this out of any fanboyish loyalty to Allen, or anything like that (I haven't seen most of his films, and those I have seen underwhelmed me), but I feel like the vitriol from Mia and Ronan is too much. I mean, Twitter has existed since 2006, social media in general for much longer than that, and only within the past couple years we're suddenly getting this big blitz from them over Allen's alleged wrongdoing? What new event has occurred—remember, the allegations from Dylan are old news, and were hashed out legally back in the 90s—that warrants this renewed verbal assault? It all feels so out-of-the-blue and spiteful, not exactly the best qualities for serious allegations regarding on sexual assault to have. Both Mia and Ronan seem like they're using these allegations not as a means by which Allen might be brought to justice, but as bludgeons to beat him with. As much as I would detest Allen for doing these things if they were proven true, I feel like there's a note of trivialization in how Mia and Ronan are deploying their statements. Allen, by contrast, has—whatever you want to think about the guy—been "classy" about it. He's not waging his own Twitter war or running to the media to tell his side of the story. I think it's too easy to jump to the conclusion that Allen "deserves" what he's getting here, but we need to remember that, as unconventional as his relationship with and marriage to Soon-Yi may be, that's really the only "bad thing" (and it's more weird than bad when you come down to it) that's been proven about him. People have chosen to assume that all the rest must be true, not knowing the truth itself, merely because his current marriage had a strange, highly uncommon genesis.And:
For all of you, TLDR folks:And:
TLDR: I like his movies, therefore he's innocent
I don't particularly like his movies, and I was raped by someone who never went to jail for it. I don't accuse victims, I don't defend predators. And yet I don't believe a word of Farrow's accusations because I've actually bothered to learn some facts about the case.