Last night Farrow was busy calling out the hypocrisy of the Golden Globes who four years ago gave Allen a Lifetime Achievement Award. She also issued a statement that those wearing black were not doing enough if they refused to denounce Allen after working with him. In particular her statement referrenced Blake Lively and Justin Timberlake (both of whom did not return Buzzfeeds calls for comment):
Dylan Farrow is calling out people who support both anti-harassment efforts and Woody Allenhttps://t.co/VMnYm3gnFF— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) January 8, 2018
I fully support women taking a stand, linking arms with other women (and men), advocating on behalf of one another to effect change not only in the entertainment industry but in the world at large. That is an admirable and worthwhile objective, I hope these women change the world. That said, the people who join this movement without taking any kind of personal accountability for the ways in which their own words and decisions have helped to perpetuate the culture they are fighting against, that’s hard for me to reconcile.
I struggle to understand how a woman who believes Woody Allen is 'empowering to women' can claim the role as an advocate for women suffering from sexual harassment. I struggle with how a powerful force like Justin Timberlake can claim to be in awe of the strength of women and stand with them at this #MeToo moment and then in the next breath say that working with Woody Allen is a 'dream come true.
Advocating for “every victim” in the abstract is great for illustration. In practice, each victim is a real person with a story that may be inconvenient and require sacrifice to stand with them. If Hollywood isn’t prepared to do that, they shouldn’t try to lead this movement.