The trailer for the new Woody Allen movie is here, and we’re far from excited about its arrival. In fact, just the thought of all the attention the film is already garnering is getting us pretty upset: Allen is one of many powerful men whose sexual abuse allegations have been pushed to the side because of their status as, well, powerful men. The sad truth is that people turn a blind eye because this kind of treatment of male celebrities (Bill Cosby, Roman Polanski, Mike Tyson, Charlie Sheen, the list goes on) has been so frustratingly normalized.
Some people think Annie Hall when they think of Woody Allen, but we think about Dylan Farrow. Farrow was just seven years old when she told her pediatrician about Allen’s abuse, and by law, that pediatrician reported it. The filmmaker subsequently lost four court battles, and in a 33-page decision, Judge Wilk deemed Allen’s behavior toward Farrow “grossly inappropriate” and ruled that “measures must be taken to protect her.” The facts are here. And yet so many continue to turn the other cheek.
The court hearings about Dylan Farrow's abuse took place in 1992—nearly a quarter of a century ago. And yet, in spite of the fact that this has all been public information (like very public since the Vanity Fair exposure), do you know how many movies Allen has made since then? Just short of 30. These aren’t small films. They were met with Oscar nods and starred some of our favorite female actresses. Allen remains a highly prized writer and director. And while we blame him, and question the decisions of those who choose work with him, we’re also well aware that this reflective of our culture’s disturbing issue with victim blaming overall.
Farrow said it best when she told the public, “People are saying that my ’evil mother’ brainwashed me because they refuse to believe that my sick, evil father would ever molest me, because we live in this society where victim blaming and inexcusable behavior—this taboo against shaming the famous at the expense of their victims—is accepted and excused.”
So accepted in fact that a movie about a professor’s relationship with one of his students made by a man found guilty of “grossly inappropriate” treatment of his daughter will likely be a 2015 blockbuster.
In case you’re interested, here is the trailer for Irrational Man (“irrational” sounds like a euphemism to us). But honestly, we’re fine without even a preview of this one.
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