I’m very happy to see some gains for Dylan Farrow.

(“The low buzz of controversy that’s hummed beneath the filmmaker’s career for 25 years is becoming a roar.”)

As I have written here before, I believe her. And more people do too now, and the awareness of her case and story and the problems regarding the problematic investigations, the disappearance of evidence, the behind-the-scenes manipulations by Woody, and the fact that she was wrongly disbelieved simply because Allen is one of the biggest names in Hollywood is all being rethinked by some people, who are also asking themselves if she isn’t telling the truth and going up against an enormously powerful but nevertheless guilty pervert.

Dylan Farrow on speaking out against Woody Allen: “I thought things would change”

https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/1/7/16859962/dylan-farrow-woody-allen-golden-globes-2018-metoo-timesup

She recently tweeted: It’s Sunday. Four years ago, at the Globes in 2014, Woody Allen was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement. Four years ago I decided enough was enough and wrote an open letter detailing the abuse I sustained at the hands of Woody Allen. /1 I thought it would make a difference. I thought things would change. I learned quickly (and painfully) that my optimism was misplaced. His time wasn’t up. /2

Dylan Farrow, along with her brother Ronan, has continued to speak out against Allen, most recently in a December 7 LA Times op-ed entitled “Why has the #MeToo revolution spared Woody Allen?”

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You can see that this is a very divisive case that polarizes people just by reading the comments to every article that comes out on her case. Vox had a very good article with a long recap and recent developments on people’s perceptions of the case:

Why Woody Allen hasn’t been toppled by the #MeToo reckoning — yet

One of the reasons that people are easily polarized, and that the above article doesn’t mention is that the overwhelming majority of the people are never going to read in-depth all that happened with the case – all the documents, all the testimonies published, all the articles, all the comments, etc. And this makes a huge difference. If you just read one or two articles – which is the most most people will ever do – there is so little information. It’s like a jury that doesn’t sit through an entire trial, but just is given a few paragraphs of information and is then asked to make a decision. Of course, it’s going to be biased or a big guess – even if in the right direction.

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“Dylan linked her argument to the way that Weinstein and other powerful sexual assaulters in Hollywood had been protected:”

Although the culture seems to be shifting rapidly, my allegation is apparently still just too complicated, too difficult, too “dangerous,” to use Lively’s term, to confront.

The truth is hard to deny but easy to ignore. It breaks my heart when women and men I admire work with Allen, then refuse to answer questions about it. It meant the world to me when Ellen Page said she regretted working with Allen, and when actresses Jessica Chastain and Susan Sarandon told the world why they never would.

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.

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Indeed. Many people who say they are against child abuse and sexual violence are in actuality, frauds. They are never taken to task on their beliefs and attitudes that support these violence systems.