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Woody Allen Tribute at Golden Globes Sparks Controversy

January 13, 2014 5:21 pm 27 comments

Woody Allen. Photo: David Shankbone.

JNS.orgAmong this year’s Jewish winners at the 2014 Golden Globes, which took place Sunday, actor Michael Douglas won the award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie for his role as Liberace in “Behind the Candelabra,” and Andy Samberg won the award for Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy for his role on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Samberg’s show also won the award for Best TV Series, Comedy.

While Jewish filmmaker Woody Allen was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, Allen’s estranged partner and son, Mia Farrow and Ronan Farrow, criticized the tribute on Twitter. Allen and Mia Farrow were together for 12 years until Farrow discovered the director was having an affair with her adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn. Previn is now Allen’s wife. Farrow sued Allen for allegedly molesting her then 7-year-old daughter, but the charge was eventually dropped.

“A woman has publicly detailed Woody Allen’s molestation of her at age 7. GoldenGlobe tribute showed contempt for her & all abuse survivors,” Mia Farrow tweeted Sunday.

“Missed the Woody Allen tribute—did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?” Ronan Farrow tweeted.


  • At the time, I supported Mia because Allen handled the situation in a selfish, humiliating way. Twenty-two years later, he and Soon-y have gone on with their lives. Ihey must feel guilt, but they have had an enduring relationship, two children, and Allen continues contributing to the world.

    Mia can’t let go of the past and has turned his children against him. As a victim of child abuse, I don’t see that in him and I’m concerned that the daughter has been convinced by a bitter mother that she was abused by the man that her mother hates. It’s too convenient.

  • Hershel Skreeling

    We should look on the bright side. At least the Golden Globes didn’t award any honors to Roman Polanski, who is always described in the press as a “Holocaust survivor and child rapist”.

    • Polanski is slime. He admitted raping a 13-year-old girl and paid her a large sum of money. He spent some time in jail after his arrest, but never went on trial and never served time for the crime he committed. Because of his fame, he got off so easily that it’s sickening. The only thing his situation has in common with Allen’s is that they’re both Jewish.

  • the facts are very simple….read out loud and think of your own daughter. quote:’after he became romantically involved with her adopted daughter” unquote, If this sounds to you as normal then you need a doctor. And there is no more to explain. Not only he is e despicable object,(a step father who gets romantically involved with his step daughter ) in my eyes is not a human being.he is somebody that should be placed in a mental institute. And all the people who approve, or live up with this should also be checked for their moral attitude.

    • Mia and Allen never married, and Soon-y, who was 20, was not his step-daughter. His relationship with her is no more shocking than breaking up with one sister and marrying another. Though they slept in separate rooms, Mia and Allen hadn’t broken up.

      Mia, twice divorced before Allen, never re-married, never had another career, and never talks in public about anything except Allen. Their children seem as obsessed with hatred of Allen as Mia is, including the daughter who can’t remember the molestation. Mia never allowed Allen to see his children.

      Allen and Soon-y have been married 16 years and have two children. His career as a director has included 4 Academy Awards, 2 Golden Globes, and a Lifetime Achievement Award.

      • Really? And this condones this sick individuals actions? You have just as low morals as he does!!

      • Allen doesn’t need to be charged with child molestation to be cited as a creep. He has made his fortune depicting neurotic, wimpy New York Jews in his own imagine. He has no respect for Jewish traditions. One Yom Kippur afternoon during Musaf, he and his film crew were out doing some refilming for a picture he had made on my block which is across the street from an orthodox synagogue. What makes him an appropriate representative of Jews in the arts or any other endeavor.

        • I haven’t liked an Allen movie since Stardust Memories, and didn’t intend to become an Allen defender, but some of these remarks are unfair.

          Allen is not religious, and I don’t think he’s ever visited Israel, but because he looks stereotypically Jewish, he’s always been known as a Jewish performer. In the 1960s, when Time Magazine outed numerous more attractive Jewish actors for hiding their Jewishness, Allen was already out there. He’s not a creep, he’s a nerd—always has been—but at a time when being Jewish wasn’t easy, and Jewish actors had to be outed, he gave us something to be proud of.

      • Hilary Stookey

        Mia Farrow does have another career and she does talk in public – 99% of the time about her work with children as an UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.

        FOR EXAMPLE.
        February 27 (copyright 2006 Inner City Press, Inc.)
        “At a microphone she didn’t walk away from, Ms. Farrow in a radio appearance on Monday said that “the UN has utterly failed the people of Darfur”… …

        UNICEF: Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow urges more help for the world’s most vulnerable children

        Mia Farrow says it’s past time for polio to end (she had polio herself as a child) (this link offers several other video’s of her work)

        ‘The seeds of genocide': What Mia Farrow saw on her U.N. travels to the Central African Republic The Washington Post Nov 18, 2013

        And Ronan Farrow ain’t no slouch either: -

        This is an extraordinary young man. He was actually a guest speaker at my sons’ school and I was definitely interested to see if he could really bring his brilliance [he’s obviously one very precocious kid] down to their sort of world, but he was able to do that, they could clearly relate to what he was saying; and though he didn’t expect anybody to forget the fame of his family background, the purpose for being there was to talk to the kids about the world. “AN EVENING WITH RONAN FARROW: EDUCATING OUR YOUTH FOR GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP” And he did it well – even for the 10 year olds… You could tell they could relate to what he had been saying by the questions they asked.

        I believe Mia brought Ronan up just fine, in a large family where nationalities (and disabilities) were an accepted part of everyday life. I don’t see either of them as obsessed with Allen as you suggest. However, if you or I had had the same situation occur in our own families, I really doubt we’d be able to keep quiet if the perpetrator was publicly honored for the very work he was producing around the time that behavior was taking place… behind the scenes.

        • You make a good point and I’m glad she’s doing some good in the world. Ronan was 25 in 2013—not a child.

          Falling in love with your girlfriend’s adult daughter and having her fall in love with you is an uncomfortable situation—not an evil one. It’s not normal 21 years later for a woman to still be screeching invective at the man who left her every time he has a public accomplishment, and for his children to hate him as much as she does.

          There was a time I would have agreed with you, but not any more.

      • john collignon

        Let’s face it,Mia. Made some poor choices with Allen and Sinatra. Except for Rosemary’s Baby, what is her legacy? Drugs? Papa Frank? Get over it!!!

  • It disturbed me that Mia and Allen’s son hated his father over the divorce more than his mother seemed to, and that Allen’s sexual affair with Mia’s adult daughter (to whom he wasn’t related) morphed into accusations of sexually abusing their 7 year old daughter, who admits she doesn’t remember much of what happened.

    Mia lost her lover and her movie career under humiliating and traumatic circumstances. That she’s devoted her subsequent life to hating Allen is understandable. What bothers me is that her children seem to be as traumatized by what happened as she and also haven’t moved on with their lives.

  • David Hoffman

    Since when do two tweets by two individuals with a known axe to grind amount to a “controversy”? Why is this newsworthy at all? Not saying who was in the right of it in the Allen-Farrow fight. That can probably never be known to outsiders with any certainty. And if Algemeiner wants to condemn the award in an editorial, that’s fine. But to drum up two tweets by interested parties into a controversy and report it as news is not good journalism.

    • Oh, your another sicky! I remember when all this went down. Alan has always been a slimy, sleazy, morally corrupt individual. That he got the award shows how corrupt Hollywood is. Think back to Roman Polansky. Alan is a contemporary of his. They both thought nothing of destroying young girls lives for their sick perversions!

  • Irving D. Cohen

    I never could understand the basis for the height of the pedestal that so many people built for Allen’s pedestal.

  • Michael Garfinkrl

    I worked briefly at the New York City Bureau of Child Welfare in Manhattan during the late 1980’s when the allegations of child abuse against Mr. Allen were investigated by that agency.

    Although I was not a member 0f the unit that handled the Allen case – that was a unit headed by a Jewish woman and a Woody Allen fan, I might add – I remember being appalled when word got around the office that the report would exonerate Allen – and the news was met with cheers!

    Years later, I read that the file went missing; no surprise there.

    So, I share Ronan Farrow’s disgust when he tweeted “Missed the Woody Allen tribute—did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?”

    • An American Jew

      Michael Garfinkel,

      You said you worked for the ew York City Bureau of Child Welfare in Manhattan but you do not have information about the actual case.

      Do you honestly believe a woman charged with the saftey and welfare of children would through aside her morals and put her entire career and reputation on the line to cover up the alleged crimes of a Hollywood celebrity against a 7 year old girl?

      I find that hard to believe. And I finder it even harder to believe that evidence would not have leaked out in the 30 years since.

      I am NOT defending Mr. Allen. I actually think he is a despicable human being. But we have to temper our feelings and not allow ourselves to make misleading statements alleging collusion to cover up a crime.

      I hope for all of the people involved that this incident did not happen and if it did, that the people responsible for it and the subsequent (alleged) cover up are punished for their crimes.

      • Boy, are you niave! Really, she wouldn’t jepordize her career? Give me a break. Take the blinders off! There is more corruption in N.Y. City govern,ent then anywhere else!

    • In todays world where poiltical “progressives” are in charge, you can get away with ANYTHING as long as you have the correct “progressive” political ideology. The best example is Slick Willy Clinton who treated women as garbage and sex-objects, yet to this day is loved by the feminist clique. Same with Ariel Sharon, who recently passed away….even though he was blamed for the Lebanon War disaster and indirectly for what happened at Sabra and Shatilla, he was praised as a “titan” because he gave the shaft to the hated settlers by destroying Gush Katif.
      This explains how all these “liberals” can like Woody Allen in spite of what he did.

  • I skipped over this tribute. Since when do men who molest children and marry another get tributes?

    • It is ourageous to assert without evidence that Mr. Allen molested anyone, given that he was found innocent of all such charges after a lengthy investigation by the city of NY. That Ms. Farrow chooses to still fling these accusations at him indicates the vindictiveness of her personality and her hatred for Allen after he became romantically involved with her adopted daughter (and dumped her). That her son chooses to reinforce these accusations is indicative of the degree to which he, as a young child, was influenced by his mother (we used to call that “brainwashing”). That some woman- I believe one of Ms. Farrows brood- is supposedly making charges against Mr. Allen is again indicative of how easily young children can be manipulated by their mothers to make sexual molestation charges. Unfortunately, what happened to Mr. Allen is not at all uncommon, and it is well known that such accusations- almost always against men- have to be regarded with a high degree of suspicion in cases where divorce (or its equivalent) is involved.

      • Michael Garfinkel

        O.K. – well, Allen wasn’t “found innocent of all charges,” at least as regards the child abuse investigation I referred to in an earlier post.

        The complaint was deemed to be “unfounded,” i.e. that there was a determination of insufficient evidence.

        As I said, the people who conducted the investigation behaved as if they had won one for the home team. In fact, I remember an invite for celebratory drinks after work.

        If Mark_NYC and others think this outcome was divorced from bias and political considerations, well, I’m quite sure that they don’t have a real famliarity with the nature of many NYC investigations.

        P.S. How does one include the phrase “after (Allen) became romantically involved with her adopted daughter” in a statement intended to support Allen’s moral character?

        • My comments were not intended to support Allen’s moral character. His entering into a relationship with the adopted daughter of his paramour while still involved with the latter is repugnant, and was clearly destructive to the sibling relationships of that family. That is a far cry however from then accusing Allen of child molestation. Mr. Garfinkel asserts that the outcome of the NYC investigation of the Allen molestation charges were not divorced from bias or political considerations. Well, I don’t know enough about the workings of that system to judge that one way or another. But I have little doubt that if strong confirmative evidence were presented that he had in fact molested a child, no bias or political considerations would have saved him. In many of these cases, it comes down to he said vs. she said (the latter being the mother). As stated previously, in cases of divorce or relationships that are breaking up, one must attach a high degree of suspicion to molestation charges, particularly if there is a great deal of bitterness and vindictiveness involved.

        • New York and Conneticut both had investigations of this affair. They are discussed at length in a recent Vanity Fair article that was very informative.
          Seems that the Connecticut investigation believed the child witness but that the docs at the Yale Med Center which ran the medical part of the query, was somehow not of one mind about the results. The young woman maintains that she DOES remember a digital assault clearly but that no one was willing to believe her or her mother.
          It’s an old story to the rest of the world. Let the Farrows keep their own world view. And the so-called son Mia had with Woody, now seems to have been fathered by Ol’ Blue Eyes, her first husband. So the habit of having a sexual affair whilst in a relationship was not just Woody’s but hers too.

    • Since Hollywood is blind!?

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