Dylan Farrow's Response to Woody Allen Backlash Will Hopefully Be the Final Word
Dylan Farrow's brave, haunting, and inspiring open letter in the NY Times has drawn serious backlash from her estranged adoptive father, Woody Allen, her brother, Moses, some Hollywood heavy-hitters and Sony Pictures Classics. Farrow's allegations that Allen sexually abused her when she was 7-years-old were called "untrue and disgusting" by Allen in a statement from his publicist. Now, in a new interview with People , Dylan Farrow has spoken out again, feeling the need to further justify her actions and feelings when her original claims of being molested were sadly met with skepticism, suspicion and resentment.
It took all of my strength and all of my emotional fortitude to do what I did this week in the hope that it would put the truth out there. That is my only ammunition. I don't have money or publicists or limos or fancy apartments in Manhattan. All I have is the truth and that is all I put out there. My intention in writing that piece was to put the truth on paper from a voice that was not able to speak before.
Dylan is aware that her adoptive mother, Mia Farrow, is said to be the real reason behind her claims out of bitter feelings and anger for Allen, and is even more aware that some members of society think that a famous figure can do no wrong simply because he creates art.
People are saying that I am not actually remembering what I remember. People are saying that my 'evil mother' brainwashed me because they refuse to believe that my sick, evil father would ever molest me, because we live in this society where victim blaming and inexcusable behavior — this taboo against shaming the famous at the expense of their victims — is accepted and excused.
Her brother, Ronan Farrow, stood up for his family after the Golden Globes with a tweet that called Allen a molester, and realized after that it was her turn to be brave and tell her side of the story. But when Farrow's brother, Moses, slammed her claims as lies, that was what hurt her the most.
I knew there were people saying I was a liar and that this was part of some smear campaign — some bitter vendetta of my mother's. I didn't realize that it was going to be a betrayal of this magnitude. [Moses] has betrayed me in the cruelest way imaginable, and betrayed my family and my mother who has loved him since day one. His betrayal is the lowest form of evil that I could ever imagine.
Farrow is now happily married, and has been for seven years. She says that her family is supportive in every way.
When they say living well is the best revenge — I have that. My conscience is clean. I have told the truth. I cannot say the same for Moses. I am hoping to help at least one person out there. And that's why I spoke out.
It's truly upsetting that Farrow's letter was met with such terrible and harsh backlash, which is why I think that this response should be the final word in the ordeal. Coming forward with her essay after enduring abuse and years of the recurring thoughts that came with it is brave, inspiring, and should have been the first and the last word. She has nothing left to prove to the people who choose to turn a blind eye and ignore an abuse victim and survivor, and people shouldn't want to drown her voice out with anything but the truth.