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In Defense of Woody Allen

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Nicole Casal, Staff Writer

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“I danced for the devil; I saw him; I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss his hand,” (Miller, Act I).

This quote was spoken by Abigail Williams right before she started to make false accusations of witchcraft in Arthur Miller’s 1953 play, “The Crucible.”

Miller wrote “The Crucible,” which provides a fictional look at the Salem witch trials of 1692 and 1693,  as an allegory about McCarthyism during the 1950s, a time in which many successful authors, journalists and actors were blacklisted if they were suspected to be communists.

This is why this period was dubbed the “Red Scare,” and it seems as if we’re currently in a “Red Scare” of our own. Due to the excessive recycling of the same story and the emergence of the “Times Up” and “Me Too” campaigns, director and comedian Woody Allen has had his 1992 sexual assault accusations resurface.

The psychologist at the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital that analyzed Allen and Mia Farrow’s adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow, came to the conclusion that she was not abused by her father. Farrow, who was seven at the time, kept changing her story. As a result, the psychologist decided that it was possibly a combination of Farrow being coached by her mother and fabricating the story as a response to the stress of her parents splitting up.

Unfortunately, these accusations have been regurgitated 26 years later and are being reported as facts, instead of what they truly are.

Actress Rebecca Hall kicked off the witch hunt by saying she regretted working with Allen and followed by donating her salary to the “Times Up” campaign. Fortunately for Hall, most people did not see through this weak publicity stunt.

Hall, as well as the other D-list celebrities who have followed suit, could have easily done their research before accepting a role in Allen’s latest movie. Instead, they chose to star in Allen’s latest film. It was not until everything was finalized that they expressed their regret.

Allen has not been known to pay top dollar to his actors. Those who agree to work with him know what a career-boosting opportunity it is to say you were in a Woody Allen film.

His best movie, “Annie Hall,” remained as the only comedy to win an Oscar for Best Picture for 33 years after it secured the honor in 1978. The film also won awards for Best Director, Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Writing.

Selena Gomez was recently accused of not targeting Allen and blindly following the masses by donating her salary to “Times Up.” She responded to Us Weekly magazine, saying that she had already donated an amount to “Times Up” that far exceeded her salary for “A Rainy Day in New York.”

Other actresses that have been ostracized for not bad-mouthing the director include Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet and Scarlett Johansen. Notice a pattern? They are all established actresses without the need for a publicity stunt such as this.

Farrow is at the head of the witch hunt, pitchfork in hand, calling out celebrities on Twitter who worked with Allen and have not spoken out against him.

In Allen’s 1976 comedy/drama film, “The Front,” he depicts the struggles these once successful writers, journalists and actors faced while being blacklisted. Allen plays Howard Prince, a cashier who helps blacklisted authors by submitting their work in his name. He is no longer turning a blind eye to the injustices taking place, and takes a stand against McCarthyism. One of the main characters, seeing no other way out of this torment, commits suicide.

Regrettably, Miller is no longer around to warn us with another brilliant work of prose of the slippery slope ahead. It is saddening that such a helpful and timely organization has associated itself with the defamation of one of the greatest directors and comedians of our time.

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