Dylan Farrow: No #MeToo Reckoning for My Father

Farrow says same system that protected Harvey Weinstein continues to shield Woody Allen
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2017 7:15 AM CST
Director Woody Allen attends a special screening of "Wonder Wheel," hosted by Amazon Studios, at the Museum of Modern Art on Nov. 14, 2017, in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Last year Ronan Farrow slammed the media for protecting his father, Woody Allen, on the sexual abuse allegations surrounding him. Now Farrow's sister, Dylan Farrow, who has detailed the abuse she says she suffered at Allen's hands, takes to the Los Angeles Times to muse on the #MeToo "revolution"—and wonder why that revolution has been "selective" when it comes to her filmmaker father. She wants to know why, in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal that's touched other big names in Hollywood, Allen continues to make movies and score moneymaking distribution deals with companies like Amazon. She gives credit to Allen's legal and PR teams for shielding him, but also "the forces that have historically protected men like Allen: the money and power deployed to make the simple complicated, to massage the story."

Farrow doesn't hold back in naming names of those she believes have shied away from criticizing him, including actresses Kate Winslet, Blake Lively, and Greta Gerwig. "It breaks my heart when women and men I admire work with Allen, then refuse to answer questions about it," she writes. (She does give a shoutout to actresses Ellen Page, Jessica Chastain, and Susan Sarandon for speaking up about Allen.) In the end, she blames a convoluted system, "our collective choice to see simple situations as complicated and obvious conclusions as a matter of 'who can say?,'" somehow framing her allegations as too "difficult" for others to acknowledge. "The system worked for Harvey Weinstein for decades," she writes. "It works for Woody Allen still." Allen, who has denied the allegations, wouldn't comment before publication; Farrow's full piece here. (Read more Dylan Farrow stories.)

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