“I think it’s irresponsible to take a bunch of actors that will have a Google alert on and to suddenly throw their name into a situation that none of us could possibly knowingly comment on. That just feels irresponsible to me.”
I would like to pour Scarlett Johansson a big ol’ glass of STFU for telling the UK’s Guardian that she felt being named in Dylan Farrow’s New York Times letter about Woody Allen was “irresponsible.” Johansson was one of the actors personally called out by Dylan Farrow for continuing to work with Allen despite the sexual abuse allegations against him. While I’m sure being personally named for her complacency is uncomfortable, Johansson has a lot of nerve implying that Farrow — who has maintained the same story regarding the abuse she allegedly suffered for 20 years — has some sort of responsibility to her and her Google alerts. Responsibility for what? To not criticize those who continue to work with an accused child molester? Reminder: for Dylan Farrow, these allegations against Woody Allen are not allegations at all — they are facts. Even among many of those who think Mia Farrow is the world’s most devious brainwasher and planted false memories in young Dylan’s head, the evidence suggests that Dylan, at the very least, believes Woody Allen molested her. Asking those who continue to support him to explain themselves is her damn right as far as I’m concerned. Johansson doesn’t have to comment, but I would remind her that people are asked to comment about things they don’t know intimately all the damn time.
And continued to comment, she did! Here’s what she had to say when the Guardian reporter asked her what she thinks about the backlash against Allen since Farrow’s letter came out:
“I’m unaware that there’s been a backlash. I think he’ll continue to know what he knows about the situation, and I’m sure the other people involved have their own experience with it. It’s not like this is somebody that’s been prosecuted and found guilty of something, and you can then go, ‘I don’t support this lifestyle or whatever.’ I mean, it’s all guesswork.”
HI I HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS. Where has Scarlett Johansson been? Living in a yurt in the middle of nowhere with no TV or cell reception or newspapers or working eyeballs? How does she not know that there’s been a backlash? And since when can’t we pass judgement on something unless there’s been some sort of legal decision, in which someone was charged and prosecuted and sent to jail? And since when would child molestation be considered a “lifestyle”? As vague and side-stepping and kind of dim as this quote is, I think it actually illuminates how many people deal with uncomfortable, unsavory, controversial issues — by purposefully remaining ignorant about the particulars (there’s a mountain of evidence against Allen that you could review, ScarJo) and then playing Switzerland so they don’t have to deal with the repercussions of actually standing for something.
And lest you think this is just Johansson’s attitude towards Allen, the Guardian also pressed her about her decision to step down as an ambassador for OxFam so she could, essentially, reap the rewards of a sponsorship deal with SodaStream. SodaStream has a factory in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, which OxFam considers illegal. (And, as the Guardian reporter points out, so does the UN security council, the UN general assembly, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the International Court of Justice, which all agree that SodaStream is in contravention of international law.) Rather than give up her lucrative deal with SodaStream, Johansson stepped down from her position with OxFam, a charity dedicated to alleviating global poverty, telling the Guardian, ”I was literally plunged into a conversation that’s way grander and larger than this one particular issue. And there’s no right side or wrong side leaning on this issue.” Except Johansson did choose a clear side in this case. Dollar dollar bills, y’all.