There’s no denying the power of the ongoing #MeToo movement that originated from the bombshell Harvey Weinstein allegations late last year. Many survivors (of all genders) are now coming forward to elevate their voices; the ones they may have initially considered stolen by their sexual aggressors, especially if those perpetrators are well-known or famous, like Weinstein. Case in point, we’ve heard murmurings now about Oscar winners Dustin Hoffman and Kevin Spacey, Golden Globe winner James Franco, and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, just to name a few. We’re now mulling how we actually feel about these men and the chauvinistic society that bore them while simultaneously calling on women to stand firm in their convictions for justice and support.
Many male figures are now understandably under the microscope because of their alleged creepy behavior. In some cases, we are basing our own thoughts and feelings about a particular situation on accounts relayed by either those involved or those informed of the details. One such scenario revolves around acclaimed film director Woody Allen.
As of late, the media has amped up its critique of Allen; who has faced allegations of molestation by his former wife Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter Dylan for several years. She has been very outspoken about the reported assault and has openly criticized celebrities for still choosing to work with the Oscar winner. In fact; current Oscar nominees Greta Gerwig and Timotheé Chalamet have essentially renounced their ties to Allen in light of pressure from Dylan and others. Allen, for his part, has vehemently denied any wrongdoing for years.
Diane Keaton Defends Woody Allen
Now frequent Allen collaborator Diane Keaton has chimed in to say she believes him. The ‘Annie Hall’ star tweeted this week that she stands by her decades-old friend; even going so far as to include an old ’60 Minutes’ clip in which Allen addresses both the Dylan and Soon-Yi controversies head-on. The fact that many are attacking her online for such a gesture shows that even associating yourself with an alleged assaulter (regardless of information known) is troublesome.
Woody Allen is my friend and I continue to believe him. It might be of interest to take a look at the 60 Minute interview from 1992 and see what you think. https://t.co/QVQIUxImB1
— Diane Keaton (@Diane_Keaton) January 29, 2018
I also bring up this story to highlight the ongoing nuances surrounding the #MeToo movement; which itself, is sparking conversations about how we go about treating people who are predators AND those who may be caught up in the awkwardness of bad interactions. Yes, the degrees of hurt and trauma are subjective, but they’re also valid. And I think we’re only just starting to understand just how deep all of this runs.