Monday, February 3, 2014

Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, allegations of rape, Hollywood's odd reaction- How many other cases could there be?

Woody Allen is back in the news after having recently won an award. His adopted daughter wanted to remind the people of Hollywood that there is a shadow lurking in Allen’s past. The shadow is the accusation that Allen molested his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow. The allegations were made soon after Mia Farrow and Woody Allen’s relationship took a spill. Allen subsequently married another adopted daughter who was 21-years-old at the time.

The sexual abuse case against Allen was later dropped because the court said the evidence was inconclusive. Mr. Allen denied the allegations, accusing Mia Farrow of having fabricated the entire story out of spite for the breakup of their relationship. He further stated that Mia manipulated Dylan into saying she had been molested. What many people do not know, and seems to have been buried under the rubble is the fact that there was substantial evidence to bring a case against the popular actor/director.

Dylan Farrow posted a recent open letter in regards to the subject, calling out several Hollywood elitists in the process. The letter re-opens the wounds from the past. Dylan is not the only one who has voiced such concern. Woody Allen and Mia Farrow also have a biological son together. It is fair to say that the relationship between father and son has been strained since Woody married his adopted daughter.

Ronan Farrow severed ties with his father stating that it would be difficult to continue a relationship with a man who was, in effect, his father and brother-in-law. Ronan’s latest tweet was, “Missed the Woody Allen tribute - did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?”

Considering that it has been 22 years since the allegations first arose, and Dylan stands by the original allegations, wouldn’t it be safe to say that this is something that should have garnered more than a simple glance when it originally arose. Is the court system set up to protect the children or to protect the people who have clout? Of course, it should be to protect the children. Judgment seems to be slightly clouded when it comes to high profile cases such as these.

That might bring to mind another incident of child molestation. It was another Hollywood case and the perpetrator fled the country in order to avoid further jail time. Roman Polanski was the subject of that case. He went to trial for having drugged, raped, and sodomized a 13-year-old girl while he was supposed to be photographing her. He remains at large after spending 30 years in exile. If he steps foot on American soil, he will be arrested.

The point is, both of these men committed crimes that most people just do not want to look at. We know it happens, sure, but we don’t want to look at it. It is much easier to believe that it was just the imaginations of a 7-year-old girl or a vengeance trick by a woman who was hurting. Yes, much easier to believe that, because then we would not have to admit that there is something terribly sick and wrong with our world.

In Polanski’s case, people still believe that the United States should just overlook his perverted behavior and let him come and go as he pleases. After all, he has had a difficult life. He’s a Holocaust survivor, for heaven’s sake. And mercy, his wife and unborn child were victims of the Manson Family murders. We should all just cut him a break, right? In the meantime, who cut any breaks for the two victims in these cases? It appears no one has. Both girls have to live with this on a regular basis. They watch as their assailants are celebrated for their “great works”.

Come on, Hollywood. It is one thing to stand up for what you believe in. It is an entirely other to celebrate people who willingly harm children. I suppose that is unfair. It is not just Hollywood, it is the entertainment business as a whole and it reverberates throughout the world. If you applaud and cheer people who are not willing to take punishment for their behavior, and in Allen’s case, blame the victim by making them appear delusional, then you truly ought to rethink your values. We can at least say that Polanski eventually admitted to realizing that he should not have done what he did. All of this makes the Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber debates seem just a little silly. What do you think?

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