Many of those involved in the Time’s Up movement continue to work with the director and alleged abuser
Dylan Farrow, writer, advocate for survivors of sexual abuse and assault and the adopted daughter of Woody Allen, has weighed in on the Time’s Up movement. The initiative, made up of 300 actors, writers, producers and film industry people, is challenging harassment and abuse in Hollywood – but Farrow is calling out levels of hypocrisy.
In a statement to Buzzfeed, Farrow stated: “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”. She continues: “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”.
Farrow has asserted over the years that she was abused by Allen repeatedly as a child, writing a powerful open letter detailing the abuse she suffered previously. She directly addressed two actors who have voiced support for Time’s Up: Justin Timberlake, star of Allen’s 2017 movie Wonder Wheel, and Blake Lively, who recently starred in 2016’s Cafe Society.
Today, four years later, it is Globes Sunday again and many, if not most, will be wearing black on the red carpet in solidarity with the #TIMESUP movement. They will stand against sexual harassment and abuse in their industry and all others. Good. I stand with them. #metoo /3— Dylan Farrow (@realdylanfarrow) January 7, 2018
I asked Greta Gerwig how she feels about her decision to work with Woody Allen. She said this: pic.twitter.com/W9bngQqY5V— Susan Cheng (@scheng_) January 8, 2018
“It’s of course particularly hard for me as a survivor of sexual abuse to know that for these particular individuals I am not part of the ‘every woman’ they stand for,” she tweeted.
Farrow directly responded to a tweet from Lively showing her support for the movement, saying: “You worked with my abuser, @blakelively. Am I a woman who matters too?”.
When Lively was asked previously about the abuse allegations against Allen, she told the LA Times: “It’s amazing what Woody has written for women,” adding, “It’s very dangerous to factor in things you don’t know anything about. I could (only) know my experience. And my experience with Woody is he’s empowering to women.”
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.— Dylan Farrow (@realdylanfarrow) January 8, 2018
Other actors involved in Time’s Up that have worked with Allen include Emma Stone, Cate Blanchett and Greta Gerwig, who were present at the Golden Globes and wore lapel pins and black in solidarity. Many have donated to the organisation’s legal defence fund for survivors of assault and abuse to challenge predators in court.
Calling out abusers and doing real direct action that will help topple decades of systemic abuse and the culture of silence in Hollywood will require difficult, at times ‘inconvenient’ conversations. It will mean making big decisions and choosing not to work with people that have, previously, been hailed as creative geniuses: e.g Woody Allen (though come on, we’ve known he’s a Class A Creep for years). When Dylan Farrow wrote her open letter to Hollywood as Allen received the Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille award four years ago, she detailed that she was optimistic about real change. However, she’s since related that her hope was misplaced. Is now the time we see real moves to obliterate the cycle of abuse and letting powerful men away with it?