I’m gonna stop you right here for a second, and warn you that if you have warm feelings toward Scarlett Johansson and would like to keep them that way, you probably shouldn’t read her response to the accusations of sexual abuse being leveled at Woody Allen by his daughter, Dylan Farrow.
I’m sure Scarlett is a very compassionate, well-informed lady, but in no world do either of those traits come through in her recent interview with The Guardian. There’s no denying that the topic of abuse is a prickly one to discuss, and that there’s no universal agreement on how much celebrities should allow the actions of someone high-profile to influence whether they work with them or not. Particularly in the case of Woody and Dylan, where no legal action was ever pursued, and no convictions handed down.
Basically what I’m trying to say is this is a very difficult situation, and while I personally believe he’s guilty of child molestation, I have absolutely no advice for celebrities in regards to how to navigate the current situation. Except for Scarlett. If I’d spoken to her before this interview, I would’ve given her the advice, “Hey girl, have a little empathy.” But instead we got this:
“I think it’s irresponsible to take a bunch of actors that will have a Google alert on and to suddenly throw their name into a situation that none of us could possibly knowingly comment on. That just feels irresponsible to me.”
Scarlett is referring to the fact that, in a powerful open letter, Dylan called out by name a list of celebrities who had worked with her father, and tried to give them a little perspective. And of course, Scarlett was one of those names.
“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?”
What it wasn’t was an invitation to complain about your Google Alerts. What did that cost you, thirty-five seconds in front of your computer? I’M SORRY. It cost Dylan Farrow her childhood. It could cost Woody Allen his career. Let’s go a little more big picture, at least until you get a chance to read any of the coverage of the situation.
“I’m unaware that there’s been a backlash. I think he’ll continue to know what he knows about the situation, and I’m sure the other people involved have their own experience with it. It’s not like this is somebody that’s been prosecuted and found guilty of something, and you can then go, ‘I don’t support this lifestyle or whatever.’ I mean, it’s all guesswork.”
You were unaware that there was a backlash? Are you fucking kidding me? Those Google Alerts must keep you pretty busy, huh? For you to be so ill-informed of these allegations that you could refer to the alleged sexual abuse of a child as a ‘lifestyle’ that you may or may not support. You need to pull it together, girl.
“I don’t know anything about it. It would be ridiculous for me to make any kind of assumption one way or the other.”
Okay but here’s the thing. You’re 100% entitled to make your own decisions and continue to work with this man; that’s your right. But it’s also an indicator that you already have made an assumption either way: you’re assuming he’s innocent. And since you’re doing that while (admittedly!!) knowing none of the facts, that actually makes you guilty of the same thing you’re accusing Dylan of — irresponsibility.
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