Is it wrong to work with Woody Allen? | The Tylt
Stars like Selena Gomez, Elle Fanning, and Justin Timberlake are lining up to work with Woody Allen despite accusations of sexual abuse from his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. Critics say Hollywood stars are wrong to work with the director. They're supporting an accused child molester and acting as though everything is okay. Actors say what matters most is the art. What do you think?
Is it wrong to work with Woody Allen?
Dylan Farrow wrote an open letter detailing how Woody Allen abused her as a child. She said what Allen did to her when she was a child was wrong enough, but worse yet, the community she grew up in turned a blind eye to it. Actors who knew her as a child continued to work with him and sing his praises at awards despite knowing full well what he was accused of.
Continuing to work with a known predator and acting as though everything is okay allows people like Allen to keep on getting away with hurting others. Their continued support signals that molesting children and rape is okay in Hollywood.
She concluded her open letter by addressing the actors and actresses who continue to work with Allen directly:
What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?Woody Allen is a living testament to the way our society fails the survivors of sexual assault and abuse.
So imagine your seven-year-old daughter being led into an attic by Woody Allen. Imagine she spends a lifetime stricken with nausea at the mention of his name. Imagine a world that celebrates her tormenter.
Are you imagining that? Now, what’s your favorite Woody Allen movie?
Rafael Yglesias, who was sexually molested as an 8-year-old, defended those who choose to work with people like Allen. He spoke about his experience working with Roman Polanski—a convicted statutory rapist. He says ultimately, "working with a rapist is not the same as condoning rape."
Creating movies, plays or any work of art is about creating something that is bigger than the humans who created it. These works of art should be taken on their own. If Picasso were a murderer or a thief, would his work be any less beautiful? Actors, directors and producers are not there to determine guilt or to enforce laws.
I took less money than other jobs on offer to write this adaptation for Polanski. It was an opportunity that was too rewarding to my artistic aspirations as a writer, and a righteous refusal too vague in its benefits to society, for me to choose otherwise.
Actors, writers, and producers are not cops, judges, or jurors. In the work they choose to do, writers, actors, producers, and directors can be held accountable solely for its quality and its ideas.