I’m kinda bugged by people saying Dylan Farrow is trying to tank Woody Allen’s chances at an Oscar. First of all, that is a stupid thing to care about. Woody Allen’s not going to crumple up and die without another Oscar. If you think that’s at all important here, you are stupid.

The main reason it bugs me, though, is that Dylan, Ronan, and Mia Farrow didn’t really make a big deal about it, other than angry Twitter comments. They’ve been making comments about Woody Allen for years. He hurt them all emotionally (even if the allegations against him are totally untrue, he did a lot of other emotionally painful things), so that’s totally understandable. Pretty much any time Woody Allen is in the news, the Farrows take him down a notch or two. It happens, and I suspect many people wouldn’t blame them. Woody Allen is a pretty notorious asshole.

What made it blow up is that the public latched onto their comments and it, essentially, went viral on its own. The Farrows weren’t staging some sort of campaign against him. Mia and Ronan made a few posts about it, and only Ronan called his father out directly. Even that was kind of as a joke.

No, what caused it to become big news is people looked at that and said, “Hey, yeah, what about that?” because every few years we forget about how shitty celebrities can be as people. Remember that time Vince Neil killed someone*, or that Dr. Dre, Sean Penn, and Rick James are each guilty of beating women?

If people hadn’t responded to the original tweets with a collective “Oh, hey, we forgot that Woody Allen is maybe a child molester” then it wouldn’t have made anything more than a slight murmur.

People wanted to hear about it, though. It’s actually kind of good journalism, giving the people what they want, albeit in a tabloid-y kind of way (not that there’s much difference between tabloids and traditional journalism these days).

The Farrows keep talking to the press about it because the press keeps asking them about it. They’re not trying to make it a big deal, this is just the first time in twenty years that anyone’s given much of a shit.

*Actually, a lot of celebrities have killed people. Some on purpose.

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