In case you missed it, last night, the Hollywood Foreign Press presented Woody Allen with the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award in absentia. Allen’s ex Mia Farrow tweeted appropriate shade just minutes before long-time friend Diane Keaton extolled the virtues of the director in a lengthy and weird acceptance speech.
Allen, if you recall, is married to Farrow’s adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn (a relationship that began while Allen and Farrow were together and Soon-Yi was just 19) and has been accused of molesting his adopted 7-year-old daughter “Dylan” in 1992, a story confirmed by her in the October 2013 Vanity Fair issue. Allen denies these accusations.
However, Farrow’s son, future MSNBC host Ronan Farrow, articulated precisely what many of us were thinking:
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
Ronan Farrow’s blasting of the Golden Globes honoring his estranged father is as fearless as it is important. Silence and denial are tools that cripple recovery for victims of sexual assault and violence. In the Vanity Fair article, Dylan explained, “I’m scared of him, his image…I have never been asked to testify. If I could talk to the seven-year-old Dylan, I would tell her to be brave, to testify.”
Farrow also tweeted a more direct message for the Golden Globes this morning:
A woman has publicly detailed Woody Allen’s molestation of her at age 7. GoldenGlobe tribute showed contempt for her & all abuse survivors
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) January 13, 2014
I’m sure the public support of her family is crucial to Dylan’s healing.
Syreeta McFadden is a writer in Brooklyn.