It's hard to think that it's only been three and a half months. In October the New York Times turned a spotlight onto Hollywood, with reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey's story about decades' worth of sexual assault allegations made against Harvey Weinstein. As the wars waged by #MeToo and #TimesUp roll on – short hashtags that have tried to contain the enormity of widespread sexual misconduct perpetrated largely by men – more of those in the public eye are being held to account for their actions (and some for their crimes). But on top of that, people are experiencing being made to answer for their involvement with those who have had assault allegations made against them.
Enter filmmaker Woody Allen, who recently has started to face something of a public reckoning in relation to historical allegations of child sexual abuse made against him by his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow. Since the Time's Up anti-harassment campaign was launched on New Year's Day, a number of actors who have starred in Allen's films – including Oscar nominees Greta Gerwig and Timothée Chalamet – have since come forward to apologise for collaborating with him, and to confirm that they would not do so again.
But not everyone tangentially linked to Allen has chosen to apologise publicly in the same way. Justin Timberlake recently caught heat for wearing a TIME'S UP pin on his lapel at this year's Golden Globes and featuring visuals of Harvey Weinstein in his recent music video for "Supplies," despite having worked with Allen on his 2017 film Wonder Wheel. The film was made and released after Dylan Farrow's allegations against Allen had resurfaced, following an open letter she wrote online in 2014. On Tuesday, Farrow took Timberlake to task.
When Timberlake tweeted, "Random question: Can someone please explain the saying, 'You just want your cake and to eat it too.' What else am I about to do with a cake??" Farrow responded, breaking down her perspective:
The saying means, for example, you can’t support #TIMESUP and praise sexual predators at the same time. You can’t retain your credibility as an activist (ie: - retain the cake) and, at the same time, praise a sexual predator (ie: - eating the cake).
At the time of writing, Justin Timberlake has yet to respond.
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