Many Hollywood stars will be wearing black to Sunday’s Golden Globes in solidarity with the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements — but the awards show hasn’t always been a forum for addressing sexual predation in Hollywood.
And in a series of tweets on Sunday morning, Dylan Farrow — who protested the Golden Globes four years ago when they honored her father, Woody Allen, with a lifetime achievement award — noted that fact:
It’s #GoldenGlobes Sunday. Four years ago, at the Globes in 2014, Woody Allen was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement. Four years ago I decided enough was enough and wrote an open letter detailing the abuse I sustained at the hands of Woody Allen. /1— Dylan Farrow (@realdylanfarrow) January 7, 2018
I thought it would make a difference. I thought things would change. I learned quickly (and painfully) that my optimism was misplaced. His time wasn’t up. /2— Dylan Farrow (@realdylanfarrow) January 7, 2018
Farrow’s tweets are part of a growing chorus of voices against Allen in the wake of revelations about systemic sexual predation in Hollywood.
Farrow first accused Allen of sexually molesting her in 1992, when she was 7 years old. The accusation came early in a long custody battle between Allen and Farrow’s mother, Mia Farrow. The couple never married but had adopted two children together, Dylan and Moses. They also had a biological son, Ronan Farrow, who is now one of the investigative reporters who helped bring to light accusations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein.
Dylan Farrow’s accusations kicked off years of controversy and acrimonious accusations against Allen, complicated by the fact that Allen left Mia Farrow for one of her other children, her daughter Soon-Yi Previn, and married Previn in 1997.
Those accusations died down after the custody battle ended, but were revived after the Golden Globes honored Allen with the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2014. In response, Dylan Farrow wrote a blistering open letter, published on February 1, 2014, by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, that not only reinforced her allegations from 1992 but called out those who continued to work with her father:
What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?
Woody Allen is a living testament to the way our society fails the survivors of sexual assault and abuse.
Dylan Farrow, along with her brother Ronan, has continued to speak out against Allen, most recently in a December 7 LA Times op-ed entitled “Why has the #MeToo revolution spared Woody Allen?”
And she isn’t alone. Though some of Hollywood’s most well-known actors have continued to defend or at least remain neutral on Allen — most notably Kate Winslet, during the press tour for Allen’s latest eyebrow-raising film Wonder Wheel — a small but steady stream of people has recently begun to speak publicly about Allen, with some expressing remorse over working with him.
Several actors have made statements about their work with the director. In October, Griffin Newman, who appears in Allen’s upcoming 2018 film, voiced his regret and pledged his salary to RAINN, an organization that works to combat sexual assault and violence. In November, Ellen Page called her work with Allen on his 2012 film To Rome, With Love one of her “biggest regrets.” And on January 6, David Krumholtz tweeted that working with Allen on Wonder Wheel was “one of my most heartbreaking mistakes.”
Krumholtz’s confession came in the wake of a searing piece by the writer Richard Morgan, published in the Washington Post on January 4, that detailed a pattern of obsession with teenage girls in the writings in Allen’s archives.
In her pre-Golden Globes tweets, Farrow voiced both support for the #TimesUp movement and hope that this time, efforts to fight harassment and abuse in Hollywood will matter — that change is truly coming to Hollywood.
Today, four years later, it is Globes Sunday again and many, if not most, will be wearing black on the red carpet in solidarity with the #TIMESUP movement. They will stand against sexual harassment and abuse in their industry and all others. Good. I stand with them. #metoo /3— Dylan Farrow (@realdylanfarrow) January 7, 2018
But I have to wonder - is time really up now? Is this really the turning point? I have no doubt it can be. I have no doubt the time is right. But in order for things to meaningfully change, they need to change unequivocally. /4— Dylan Farrow (@realdylanfarrow) January 7, 2018
No predator should be spared by virtue of their “talent” or “creativity” or “genius.” No rock should be left unturned. The principles of the movement need to be applied consistently and without exemption. /5— Dylan Farrow (@realdylanfarrow) January 7, 2018
I will be watching tonight with a very different feeling than I had at this time four years ago. I will watch with optimism, with hope, and with the firm belief that there is a brighter future ahead. And I will watch to see if now, finally, time is up for my predator too. /6 end.— Dylan Farrow (@realdylanfarrow) January 7, 2018