Not everyone was thrilled about Woody Allen's award Sunday night at The Golden Globes Awards show. The comedian, writer, actor, and director received the Cecil B. Demille lifetime achievement award and, though he was not there, Diane Keaton, his longtime collaborator and close friend, was on hand to receive it.
Of course, for some, the tribute was offensive, ill-timed, and downright wrong. It all depends on what you really think of Allen. He has become a polarizing figure since he left his longtime love Mia Farrow for her very young adopted daughter Soon Yi Previn, who is now his wife. It is a sordid story and very, very ugly. But it was not just the marriage.
Allen was also accused of molesting his then 7-year-old daughter Dylan. The accusations were eventually dropped, but she reiterated the claim in a recent Vanity Fair article, and her brother Ronan tweeted his anger last night:
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?— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) January 13, 2014
As an outsider, I can't pretend I know the truth about Woody Allen and whether or not he did the things some say he did. But one thing is clear: Hollywood seems to forgive -- and even champion -- pedophilia. From Michael Jackson to R. Kelly to Roman Polanski, we really can't sit around and pretend like it doesn't happen.
That standing ovation Polanski received when he won the Academy Award (but could not accept because he still has not paid for raping a 13-year-old girl) remains one of the more disgusting award show moments in history. Diane Keaton's song for her friend may now rank up there with it. See below:
The truth is we don't really know what happened with Allen and Dylan, but we DO know that he took a girl he had known since she was a small child, took nude photos of her, took her away from her mother, and married her. That is sketchy and weird. He might not be locked up, but should we really be honoring him?
I don't trust Hollywood at all. One of the jokes of the night that hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey touched on so subtly over and over is the way that Hollywood treats women. And it's pretty awful.
Women are valued for their looks, for their youth, and for their clothing. They lose weight for roles and are complimented for it, rather than criticized (like Christian Bale or Matthew McConaughey). Male superstars in their 40's regularly escort women in their 20's and even late teens to awards shows and no one bats an eye. Why should we view Allen as wrong when we live in a world where young women are only as attractive as the people their age and older in the room? Is it any wonder we laud pedophiles?
I am no fan of Allen, but I am less disgusted by him and more disgusted by the shameless way Hollywood ignores crimes and sweeps horrible injustices against women and little girls under the rug in the name of "art." It's pretty despicable.
How fabulous for Allen that he got a big award. I think his little girl deserves for her voice to be heard, too.
Were you offended by Allen's award?
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