Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Remains of the Day (01/17)

Towleroad: How Darren Criss became serial killer Andrew Cunanan for "ACS: Versace"

Hunk du Jour: Briefs probably aren't the most practical uniform for football, but ...

Boy Culture: Get a, um, load of "Finding Prince Charming" hooker Robert Sepulveda Jr. on a 2005 episode of MTV's "Room Raiders"

OMG Blog: Fitness guru and author Vince Sant flexes his, um, man muscle

Twitter: A nice shout-out from Robert B. Weide, an Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker whose documentaries have covered the Marx Brothers, W.C. Fields, Mort Sahl, Lenny Bruce, Kurt Vonnegut and, of course, Woody Allen

JoeMyGod: It seems that "mansplaining" is becoming the new "fake news" -- people no longer know what it means

Back2Stonewall: Donald declares war (again) on LGBT citizens with “Religious Freedom Day”

HuffPost: Gay couple sues Vista Print over homophobic wedding pamphlets

The Washington Post: "Our democracy will not last": Jeff Flake’s speech comparing Trump to Stalin, annotated

Gr8er Days: Happy birthday to the legendary Betty White, who turned 96 today!

Dlisted: Ann Curry finally says words about getting fired from "Today" and the downfall of Matt Lauer

Greg in Hollywood: Sarah Jessica Parker suggests Ellen DeGeneres step into the role of Samantha in "Sex and the City 3"

The New York Times: The Awl and The Hairpin, Eccentric Showcases for Writers, Are Shutting Down

Homorazzi: Netflix releases trailer for "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" reboot

The Randy Report: Nyle DiMarco books new TV series as he heads to Broadway

The Gay Curmudegon: Gay of a certain age catches the penultimate performance of Bette Midler in "Hello, Dolly!"

NBC News: Carrier plant worker thought Trump would save her job -- she was wrong

Outsports: Openly gay skater Eric Radford wins spot on Canadian Olympic team

Yahoo: Swiss town denies passport to Dutch vegan because she is "too annoying"

The Gay Almanac: New opera tells a tragic 1950s gay love story

New York Post: "Pretty Woman" hooker gets a feminist twist on Broadway

Deep Dish: For those who like the nerdy, hairy type

Daily Intelligencer: North and South Korea agree to march under one flag at 2018 Olympics

The Awl:’s humongous Misc. forum embodies the worst of American men

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Dylan Farrow Says Her Molestation Allegations Against Woody Allen Are 'Credible' -- Only They Totally Are Not

For years people have been speculating about the child molestation allegations against Woody Allen, and for many it's just assumed that they're true. Conflating having a sexual relationship with an adult woman (who we all know was Allen's girlfriend's daughter) with molesting a 7-year-old girl has been the Farrows' modus operandi from the day Mia Farrow discovered the betrayal. While they've been largely successful in muddying the waters, getting to the truth about what happened to Dylan Farrow has been largely brushed aside in favor of this all-purpose boogeyman scenario. To me the question about Dylan Farrow was never "Was she abused?" The question to me has always been abused by which parent? Now in her first-ever television interview, Dylan Farrow says she’s been “telling the truth” about the alleged sexual abuse she claims to have suffered at the hands of the director when she was just 7 years old. “I think it's important that people realize that one victim, one accuser, matters.” Farrow, now 32, tells CBS host Gayle King in an interview set to air Thursday morning. “I am credible."

But here's the problem: she's not.

Read HERE.

Having witnessed something like this first-hand in my own family, I have nothing but empathy for Dylan Farrow. And as a Mommy's Boy, I have even more. (As a 5-year-old, I tried to pull my drunk father off my mom and was thrown through a wall in return, so I understand being willing to do anything to protect Mom.) Ironically, I'm heartened that her claims are getting new traction through the #MeToo and #TimesUp lens in a macro sense, because society is finally getting it that you SHOULD generally believe people who say they were abused. But as I've said before, each case needs to be evaluated on its own merits, and every shred of evidence suggests that Woody Allen did not molest Dylan Farrow. But because society -- and particularly younger do-gooders -- feels guilty and is overcompensating for having not listened in the past, no one is paying attention to the actual evidence here. They're so busy being "woke" they're actually asleep.

Millennials' hearts are in the right place. But I was a 25-year-old newspaper editor when this all started to come to light at the end of 1992 and 1993, so I've been following this case in real-time -- via newswires, Lexis-Nexis and my own paper's reporters -- before many of these supporters were even born.

Read HERE.

What's most distressing is that I have no doubt Dylan Farrow believes she was molested -- so if Allen didn't molest her, there's only one possible explanation for why this could be: Her mother, Mia Farrow, has been psychologically abusing her since she was 7.

If you are not familiar with the details, do yourself a favor and read the four contemporaneous and one current New York Times stories I have screencapped throughout this blog post. Then read Robert Weide's essay "The Woody Allen Allegations: Not So Fast" over at the Daily Beast. (Various people have written "rebuttals" to the piece, but they all failed to show anything he actually got wrong.) Weide has continued to respond to -- and include links to -- all of the various reports from the Farrows HERE.

None of us can know for sure what the truth is. (Hell, none of us can say with 100% certainty that one of our own parents didn't molest us in our crib, either.) But there is such a thing as due process. And while the court of public opinion operates by its own set of rules (in that there are none), I am confident that anyone with any critical-thinking skills who goes through the available materials will come to the conclusion that these allegations are false.

For those who don't have time to go into an internet rabbit hole, I'll keep it brief.

Read HERE.

Which scenario seems more plausible?

That Woody Allen -- who was on the world's shit list and being watched like a hawk in the Farrow home after it was revealed that he was dating Mia's daughter Soon-Yi Previn -- would decide to show up at Mia's Connecticut house one day to visit their children (Moses and Dylan, both adopted, and Mia and Woody's biological son, Ronan -- né Satchel) and suddenly decide to molest Dylan for the one and only time in his life?

Or that Mia -- who had just been jilted in arguably the most public and humiliating breakup in the history of Hollywood -- would follow through on the angry threat Woody says she made after the Soon-Yi revelations by saying "You took my daughter, now I'm gonna take yours." Remember this: Mia had not just been cheated on and dumped by her longtime companion. She was also "losing" her daughter as a direct result, losing her source of income and losing the professional esteem that came from being the star of a world-renowned director's films. Once considered the most envied woman in the world, Mia Farrow was without question the most-pitied woman in 1992. (Who's to say what ANY of us would be capable of doing having just lost our partner, our daughter and our career in one fell swoop?)

Read HERE.

And don't forget, Mia was born into a prominent Hollywood family and ascended to being Tinseltown's '60s "It" girl. (Mia's brother John is in prison for molesting two young boys -- he says they're liars and his wife calls them "vipers" -- something suMia and Dylan have been curiously quiet about.) From TV star on "Peyton Place" to international movie star in "Rosemary's Baby" -- with designers making dresses for her, Vidal Sassoon giving her a celebrated haircut and men clamoring to date her -- there was nothing she couldn't have. But now she's 47, and everything she's angry at Soon-Yi for she's already been guilty of. When Mia met world-famous conductor Andre Previn, she had to have him -- even though he was married. Next thing you know, Previn impregnated Farrow with twins, and he left his wife (Dory) to be with her, while Dory was locked away in a sanitarium having shock treatment after suffering a nervous breakdown upon learning of the affair. Mia also married a really famous man 30 years her senior (some guy called Frank Sinatra). Now suddenly Mia was the humiliated woman left behind. In these types of cases -- where an abuse allegation only comes forward after a nasty breakup -- you always have to look at motive. And has there ever been a stronger motive than this?

Read HERE.

Add in the fact that someone who was in the house at the time of the alleged molestation, Mia's son Moses, says Woody was never alone with Dylan, that the attic in which the incident allegedly occurred was not an antic that people could hang out in (and that the train Dylan says she "watched" during the assault was not in the attic) and that Mia coached Dylan to lie about the assault, and it's pretty compelling evidence that Mia is behind this whole thing.

Read HERE.

And did I mention that Mia’s lawyer told Woody’s legal team that the molestation allegations might magically “go away” if he paid her $7 million, and that two separate investigations found there was no credibility to Mia's accusations? #MeToo supporters don't seem interested in knowing about any of this -- they're too busy patting themselves on the back for telling Dylan they "believe" her. (Again, believing people who say they have been abused is good, but blind acceptance is not.)

Read HERE.

Read HERE.

As uncomfortable as it is to say this, it's probably just as well that Dylan Farrow -- who was born into extreme privilege but wound up being dealt a fairly cruel lot in life -- believes her father molested her once, because she has shown she can live through "that" and without him. But I don't know how she would ever get over the realization that her mother likely was the architect of this victim prison she seems destined to live in the rest of her life. Perhaps it's time for Ronan Farrow, who has been charged with making documentaries for HBO, to probe his brother Moses's claims that Mia abused him. Or to investigate why three of Mia’s children are dead -- two by suicide.

Personal note: For those who might be saying "Why do you care so much about this?" I'll say this. Yes, I grew up a huge Woody Allen fan. But I too think Allen taking up with Soon-Yi Previn was beyond unseemly. But having a consensual relationship with an adult and molesting a 7-year-old are two entirely different things, and it's always bothered me that the Farrows got a pass on conflating the two, something they have sought to do from the get-go. I know Allen is a multimillionaire who will be fine pretty much no matter what is said about him in the media, so there might be better causes for me to take up. But I don't have to agree with someone's entire life to be disturbed by what I see as unjust treatment. And as I said in the beginning, a similar -- albeit less rich and less famous -- scenario played out in my family, so perhaps that is why this case spoke to me as it has.

Further reading:

Read HERE.

Katie Herzog reports:
I reached out to Robert Weide, an Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker who also reported on the Allen allegations and concluded that Moses's recollections are correct --Allen never abused his daughter, and Mia Farrow used her power over the children to convince them they'd been harmed. I asked Weide why he thinks Dylan's story has gotten so much traction while Moses's hasn't. "I imagine it muddies up the accepted narrative that’s making the rounds right now," he said. "I think the fact that it’s a male making the abuse claims about a woman that some people believe is some kind of humanitarian is a part of it, and I do believe the fact that Moses isn’t white also plays a role. But Moses’ story is not going to go away, and I can only stress again that what he’s revealed so far is only the tip of the iceberg."

The Captains of My Heart

I have to think Dermot Mulroney and Dylan McDermott get confused by name a lot more than by sight. But it was cute that they finally addressed the issue face-to-face, on an episode of the latter's TBS show "LA to Vegas." 

Dylan's given name is actually Mark!

Wrestle Wednesday

Wait, what's going on with the one guy's HAND?

Song of the Day: 'Daddy in the Attic' by Dory Previn

On the 1970 album "On My Way to Where" by Dory Previn (she married AndrĂ© Previn in 1959 and divorced him in 1970 after he impregnated Mia Farrow) is a song about incest, “With My Daddy in the Attic.” The lyrics include: “And he’ll play / His clarinet / When I despair / With my / Daddy in the attic.” Woody said that Dory—who died in 2012—called him at the time of the molestation allegation to say “that’s where Mia got the story line for her concocted tale.” (Via This Mortal Coil)

Morning Wood

As we know, blue jeans make the man.

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