The New York Times runs this damning and powerful piece by Dylan Farrow, the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow. In it, she describes molestation by Woody Allen:
He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me. He talked to me while he did it, whispering that I was a good girl, that this was our secret, promising that we’d go to Paris and I’d be a star in his movies. I remember staring at that toy train, focusing on it as it traveled in its circle around the attic. To this day, I find it difficult to look at toy trains. . . . I didn’t like it when I had to get in bed with him under the sheets when he was in his underwear. I didn’t like it when he would place his head in my naked lap and breathe in and breathe out. I would hide under beds or lock myself in the bathroom to avoid these encounters, but he always found me. These things happened so often, so routinely, so skillfully hidden from a mother that would have protected me had she known, that I thought it was normal.
Farrow’s powerful prose takes on elite Hollywood’s cone of silence around Woody Allen:
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.
Yes, what about you, Diane Keaton? Farrow singles you out as someone who should have done more, starting with saying something, anything.
Farrow’s indictment of Woody Allen isn’t the only example of pedophilia lurking around the entertainment industry. There’s Elmo at PBS. There’s convicted pedophile Roman Polanski snagging an Oscar in 2002. Even across the pond, the BBC has sheltered a nest of pedophiles for decades.
But Blanchett, Baldwin, Keaton, and all of Hollywood had other priorities for the last 20 years. If you listen to Hollywood, the only place where a problem with pedophilia exists is in the Catholic Church.
Movie after movie, documentary after documentary was pumped out of Hollywood about the priest pedophilia scandal, a problem that has since been openly recognized and aggressively combatted.
Hollywood even seems to have a problem with step one: recognition.
Maybe Diane Keaton will issue a statement this week. Maybe not.
If you hadn’t been paying attention to all the accusations of pedophilia in the film industry and had only been viewing the products of Hollywood, you’d assume the Catholic Church was the only place that had a problem.
In the last decade (the time after the Catholic Church acknowledged and aggressively addressed abuses by priests) Hollywood has treated us to Deliver Us from Evil, Hand of God, Doubt, Twist of Faith (which naturally all the critics loved), Silence in the House of God, and more are coming.
I couldn’t find a single documentary or film about pedophilia or silence about pedophilia among Hollywood elites, Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, Kevin Clash, or anyone in the entertainment industry. If I’ve got this hypocrisy wrong, please post titles below in the comments. In the meantime, we’ll be waiting to see what Diane Keaton has to say this week.