Woody Allen: Actors denounce me as ‘the fashionable thing to do,’ like ‘eating kale’

Woody Allen dines at Madeo

The Guardian has an interview with Woody Allen which is unlike any interview I’ve ever read with him. The Guardian’s Hadley Freeman sat down with Woody to discuss Rainy Day in New York and his memoir Apropos of Nothing. But what happens is that Freeman uses Woody’s presence and words to dissect the larger conversation about Dylan Farrow, Mia Farrow, the Me Too movement and everything else. I’ll say this – the piece is exceptionally well-researched, and having Woody chime in on individual claims and reports at the time was somewhat interesting. Freeman makes some good points, including one point that I’ve argued before, which is that if we listen to and believe Dylan, perhaps we should also listen to Moses Farrow too. The full piece is worth a read, and here are some highlights:

The scandal which has obscured his career: “I assume that for the rest of my life a large number of people will think I was a predator.”

Why he doesn’t sue publications: “It doesn’t pay to sue. Do I really want to be tabloid fodder for two years and go to court? And do I really care?”

How he feels about actors who denounce him: “It’s silly. The actors have no idea of the facts and they latch on to some self-serving, public, safe position. Who in the world is not against child molestation? That’s how actors and actresses are, and [denouncing me] became the fashionable thing to do, like everybody suddenly eating kale.”

What could he say to make people believe him? “You can give people the testimony by those who worked in the house,” Allen says, referring to the Farrow children’s nanny, Monica Thompson, who gave two sworn affidavits saying Mia had tried to coax her into backing the molestation charge, then said Allen “was always the better parent and all the things Farrow is saying about him are not true”. Allen continues: “You can give them the facts over and over. But the facts don’t matter. For some reason, emotionally, it’s important for them to buy into the story.”

Whether he feels like he brought this on himself: “No, and I’ll tell you why. I realised [the relationship with Soon-Yi] had dramatic impact and was not usual: one could make criticisms about the rectitude of it, the appropriateness of it; I understood all of that. But these false accusations that have hurt the psychological life of Ronan and Dylan; I don’t feel for one second that I brought that on myself…From that perspective, I’m not angry. I’m angry that I was deprived of seeing my children grow up and I’m angry at what’s been done to Dylan and Ronan. I haven’t spoken a word to the children in over 25 years and they’ve been raised to think the worst of me. So sure, I was angry about that. But, professionally, I haven’t suffered at all.”

[From The Guardian]

Throughout the piece, Woody insists that he’s fine, that his career is fine, that he doesn’t mind the fact that his films will probably only be released in Europe now, but you can tell that it’s eating away at him a bit. Still, it was interesting to read this. I was going to call it “sympathetic,” but it’s not really. It’s more like… hey, let’s just give Woody Allen the benefit of the doubt for a second and see where that goes, as a journalistic exercise. Also, he’s not *completely* wrong about actors denouncing him as a trend akin to eating kale, honestly.

Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn are spotted out for a stroll near Bloomingdales in NYC

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. Léna says:

    Now is not the time for whining white old rapist men… Not the time Allen

  2. Ursaline says:

    No, Mr. Allen. They are denouncing you because youŕe a creep.

  3. Frenda says:

    Why is it that nasty old farts like him live forever?

  4. minx says:

    When is he leaving for the sweet hereafter?

  5. Lisa says:

    Nah you are a creep. Take several seats.

  6. Caty Page says:

    What is happening with this write up? We can believe Moses that their mother was abusive AND believe Dylan that she was assaulted.

    The reasons Moses gives for disbelieving Dylan are so typical of assault victims. Some of the details of assault often become mixed (it may have been in the bedroom with the train, not the attic).

    And actors changing their minds when the tide shifts is GOOD!

  7. Gigi says:

    Oh word? Ughhh go away this is not the time to rehab yourself . There will never be a time for you to rehab yourself because you are a molester Woody. The end

  8. Rose says:

    Child rape is never in fashion, Woody. Have a seat.

  9. Mia4s says:

    I don’t think it’s ever been a stretch to believe both Woody and Mia are awful in their own ways has it?

    No I agree with you there was an element of trendiness and performance to the denouncements. Not all of them, and it wasn’t a bad thing it was happening, but it did start to feel like the “thing” to do. Low risk too, because there was limited money to be made working with Allen these days. But as we went through weeks of “Would you work with Allen again?”, the question wasn’t being asked about James Franco (remember him?) or John Lassiter (anyone ask Tom Hanks?), or how about Brett Ratner (current candidate for a seat on the Movie Academy Board). Hugh Jackman keeps right on smiling and has never had to comment on Bryan Singer. So yeah, it wasn’t a bad thing but the Allen denouncements were trendy and convenient headlines….and there a number of predators who were very grateful for the trend. 😒

    • Lou says:


      This reminds me of that story about Timothée Chalamet publicly denouncing Allen and then privately telling him he had to do it. I wonder how many other actors feel that way.

    • WilliamJoelene says:

      MIA4S, you’ve stated the sad truth so eloquently.

  10. Kelly says:

    “Also, he’s not *completely* wrong about actors denouncing him as a trend akin to eating kale, honestly.”

    I agree, in the sense they didn’t start denouncing him en masse until it became a woke, cool thing to do. Decades ago, working with Allen was cool, it was a bohemian gig that got you awards and prestige. They were making excuses for him. The rumors have been going around for ages,and I clearly remember this time where his bizarre af relationship with Soon Yi was brushed off as just “New York artiste being excentric and weird”.

    I’m glad Allen and other predators in the industry are being called out, but the hypocrisy and self-congratulatory nature of it has always bothered me. Hollywood gave these predators power, money, fame, prestige and “coolness” to predate on others, they knew about it, and they looked the other way. It feels hypocritical that the same people who enabled this behavior are now calling it out.

    • LaraK says:

      There are people who worked with him WAY after the rumors started, and defended him. And suddenly they turned on him, after they got their resumes stamped with his name. Scarlett was particularly egregious in my mind.
      So yeah, that’ part is totally true.
      But he’s still garbage. The two are not mutually exclusive.

      • Kelly says:

        Obviously, I prefer actors calling him out hypocritically instead of still making excuses for him. But I still side-eye them, after all, it was this same industry which enabled him to behave like that.

  11. lily says:

    Agreed. ts fair we should also listen to Moses Agreed. Its fair we should also listen to Moses Farrow too and give Allen the benefit of a doubt, reading the facts carefully. we are starting to sound like MacArthur and look like witch hunters. Farrow too

  12. MsDiMeanOur says:

    My only comment

    Filthy old rapist.

  13. Coco says:

    What? Many media outlets pointed their fingers directly at all those actors who had worked with Woody Allen and hadn’t spoken out on the subject. Many of you in this blog even questioned why these actors weren’t asked about working with Woody Allen. Many of these actors were pushed to speak out and denounce Woody Allen. But it’s like all of a sudden we have forgotten that Greta Gerwig was basically cornered at the Golden Globes press conference and heavily criticized for her vague response about WA until days later she had to issue a statement to be left alone. Or that Kate Winslet was ridiculed until, again, she said what people wanted to hear. Or that Selena Gomez or Timothée Chalamet were harassed on social medial until they finally did something about it. Where is all this cynicism coming from?

  14. KellyRyan says:

    Well researched book, The Unruly Life of Woody Allen. The only reason prosecutors did not pursue the case against Allen, Dylan was far too fragile.

  15. Lala11_7 says:

    He met his CURRENT wife as a 10 year old child and he groomed her…if he don’t sit his old perverted ass down somewhere

    • Maida says:

      YES. Having a sexual relationship with, and then marrying, a young woman whom he met when she was his 10-year-old stepdaughter — that is more than enough to cancel this entitled whiner.

      • Kelly says:

        This is why all those “we don’t know the whole story” excuses always bothered me. We’re not talking about average Joe here. If that Soon Yi story doesn’t raise any red flags for you…

  16. shanaynay says:

    No, they are denouncing you, because you are a sexual predator!!!!!! Get over yourself WA!!!! You’re a POS!!!! Now, please go away!!!!

  17. Meg says:

    when i first heard actors criticizing him for his behavior is trendy i heard him saying molestation and statutory rape being seen as wrong are trendy, which is gross
    Those things were always wrong but those messages werent heard and the behavior was rationalized
    I fear hes rationalizing his actions as not molestation or statutory rape just like harvey Weinstein does so people criticize his actions and he calls it trendy

  18. My3cents says:

    Kale would like to be excluded from this conversation.

  19. enike says:

    yes to this. If people believe Dylan and Ronan, why not believe what Moses and Soon-Yi had to say?