Hollywood and media continue to ignore child sex abuse within their bubble.
Ronan Farrow slammed those in Hollywood who still support and worship his father Woody Allen even though his sister Dylan accused the director of molesting her.
He wrote in The Hollywood Reporter:
But the old-school media’s slow evolution has helped to create a culture of impunity and silence. Amazon paid millions to work with Woody Allen, bankrolling a new series and film. Actors, including some I admire greatly, continue to line up to star in his movies. “It’s not personal,” one once told me. But it hurts my sister every time one of her heroes like Louis C.K., or a star her age, like Miley Cyrus, works with Woody Allen. Personal is exactly what it is — for my sister, and for women everywhere with allegations of sexual assault that have never been vindicated by a conviction.
Tonight, the Cannes Film Festival kicks off with a new Woody Allen film. There will be press conferences and a red-carpet walk by my father and his wife (my sister). He’ll have his stars at his side — Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg. They can trust that the press won’t ask them the tough questions. It’s not the time, it’s not the place, it’s just not done.
In 2014, Dylan spoke about the abuse for the first time publicly in New York Times op-ed after Allen received the Cecil B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes. However, the publication only gave her 936 word online unlike Allen:
When The New York Times ultimately ran my sister’s story in 2014, it gave her 936 words online, embedded in an article with careful caveats. Nicholas Kristof, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and advocate for victims of sexual abuse, put it on his blog.
Soon afterward, the Times gave her alleged attacker twice the space — and prime position in the print edition, with no caveats or surrounding context. It was a stark reminder of how differently our press treats vulnerable accusers and powerful men who stand accused.
Ronan called the silence “wrong” and “dangerous” since it shows the “victims it’s not worth the anguish of coming forward.” He acknowledged that media has slowly opened the doors to the victims.
But others continue to receive praise and devotion in Hollywood despite rape and sexual abuse accusations against children. The audience went wild when Roman Polanski took home Best Director for The Pianist.
Roman Polanski raped 13-year-old Samantha Geimer in 1977. He escaped to France in 1978 before the courts could sentence him. He travels around Europe, mainly to any countries that will not extradite him to the U.S.
Corey Feldman, who rose to fame as a child actor in the 1980s, wrote about child sex abuse in Hollywood. Allison Arngrim of Little House on the Prairie, another victim, wrote in her memoir “there are parents who will practically prostitute their kids in the hope they can make money and and get ahead.”
Documentarian Amy Berg released An Open Secret that shed light on a pedophilia rink in Hollywood. She interviewed five former child actors connected to the ring run by those “at the Encino mansion headquarters of now-defunct dot com web TV company Digital Entertainment Network (DEN) almost two decades ago.”
DEN imploded due to lawsuits over the child sex abuse and using drugs and guns to coerce their victims.
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