Woody Allen, Dylan Farrow and the Folly of Commentary
Huffington Post - about 3 years
In the media spectacle that has followed Dylan Farrow's open letter about her allegations of sexual assault against her father Woody Allen we can see why it is so difficult to even consider -- let alone write -- about the tragedy of sexual abuse. Everything about this topic, from the trauma experienced by victims to the nightmare possibility of a false accusation, provokes powerful emotions that cloud our thinking. Add the influence that culture and personal experience can have on our subconscious, and you get Stephen King declaring "there's an element of palpable bitchery" in Farrow's letter. It's hard to imagine six words that King would regret more.
Worse than King's words, which were tweeted and not so carefully considered, have been the essays that attempt to expose Farrow's motives and demolish her claims. On the Guardian.com website, Michael Wolf uses his analysis of the case to cut down Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times, criticize Lena Dunham, and declare Dylan Farrow a
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