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Woody Allen’s Golden Globes Tribute

And the Twitter backlash from Mia and Ronan Farrow Read More

By / January 13, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last night a pants-suit clad Diane Keaton waltzed on and off the (in that way she does) at the 71st annual Golden Globes to accept the Cecil B. Demille lifetime achievement award on behalf of recipient and long time friend, Woody Allen.

Among her praise, Keaton noted that women love to be cast in Woody’s movies because, as she said, “Woody’s women can’t be compartmentalized.”

She also said, “They struggle, they love, they fall apart, they dominate, they’re flawed. They are, in fact, the hallmark of Woody’s work.” She finished her tribute to Allen by singing an a capella version of the Girl Scout’s song, “Make New Friends,” which made me think less of the awkward nature of the song choice, and more of the scene in Annie Hall where she sweetly sings karaoke to a room of indifferent bar-goers.

I don’t know if Diane took into consideration the nature of her song choice, or if she really just wanted to cutely express the nature of her and Woody’s relationship, but maybe she should have thought twice?

Woody’s relations with the adoptive daughter of Mia Farrow, and his sexual abuse allegations of their adopted daughter Dylan, make it impossible to honor Allen without a flood of Twitter backlash.

Mia Farrow took to Twitter to express her feelings on Keaton and Allen:

“Time to grab some icecream & switch over to

“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 (@miafarrow) January 13, 2014

Her son, Ronan, also took to Twitter:

“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 (@ronanfarrow) January 12, 2014

It’s weird. And it’s difficult for many to view Allen’s personal life inextricable from his art, which is what Matt Soller Seitz addresses in a recent piece asking, “Can you separate an artist’s behavior from his or her art- and should you?”

It’s tricky. But I still love me some Woody Allen–and some “la-di-da” from Diane Keaton.

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