Lucky for me I’ve always hated Woody Allen movies. Every time I’ve been convinced to see one because “you’ll love it, I promise,” I still hated it. I cannot stand Woody Allen movies and never could.
I say that’s lucky, because I’m not conflicted about boycotting his movies now that An Open Letter from Dylan Farrow has again painted him as a complete sleaze. The people out there who do like Woody Allen movies are suffering a crises of conscience. Do they continue to support his work or do they boycott his work?
I talked about separating an entertainer’s personal life and their art in Entertainment is a gift, hating on entertainers isn’t. I stand by that, but that post doesn’t deal with the topic of criminal offenses. That post was about sending death threats to an actor because you disagree with an opinion they have about some issue.
The Woody Allen story is about an entertainer who commits a criminal act. (Like the Roman Polanski case, where a celebrity fled the country after being accused of committing a similar crime.) If Woody Allen has committed a crime, he should be dealt with in the criminal court system.
People close to Woody Allen have been telling us for years that he is a reprehensible man. Woody Allen has consistently denied any wrongdoing. Does being a famous filmmaker give him a pass for investigation for reprehensible acts? Does it exempt him from prosecution? It should not.
I have an opinion about Woody Allen movies. You surely do, too. However, success as a director isn’t a shield. It should have nothing to do with what happens to him in a case about molesting a child, should he ever actually be prosecuted for it.
As Glenn Greenwald describes it in his book “With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful,” being rich and famous in America often makes you exempt from the workings of the criminal justice system. That’s an American failure, a failure of democracy, and a failure to protect the innocent. That Dylan Farrow deserves justice under the law should have no relationship to any movie you ever watched or what movies you choose to watch in the future.
Theater district New York photo by James Willamor via Flickr.