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Cate Blanchett & Alec Baldwin Respond to Dylan Farrow's Open Letter

Cate Blanchett & Alec Baldwin Respond to Dylan Farrow's Open Letter

Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin have publicly responded to the open letter from Dylan Farrow accusing her adoptive father Woody Allen of sexual abuse.

In the letter, Dylan asks the actors “What if it had been your child?” Both Cate and Alec worked with the famous filmmaker on the Oscar-nominated movie Blue Jasmine.

“It’s obviously been a long and painful situation for the family and I hope they find some sort of resolution and peace,” Cate said according to journalist Jeffrey Wells.

“What the f&@% is wrong w u that u think we all need to b commenting on this family’s personal struggle? You are mistaken if you think there is a place for me, or any outsider, in this family’s issue,” Alec tweeted in response to a fan asking about the situation. “USA is supposed to be THE place where you get a fair trial. Can a fair trial be conducted w everyone’s tired opinions on the internet? Americans have fallen victim to a sanctimony about things they know little about. You don’t ‘defend’ either party. You defend due process.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin’s responses to the open letter?

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# 1

Wow , God help me but for once I agree with Alec. The truth is still unknown and its not the public place to make a case for guilty or not guilty without all the facts and a trail.
A child said it and it may very well be true but it is also the child of a mother who has other children that claims the same mother brainwashed them to hate woody.
Bottom line: Horrible situation but the public does not have all the facts but seems fine to rush to judgement.

# 2
Ugonna Wosu @ 02/02/2014 at 12:12 pm

good responses.

# 3
Ugonna Wosu @ 02/02/2014 at 12:13 pm

@Ugonna Wosu: I can’t choose sides, I can only hope that whoever is telling the truth will find peace or justice or both.

# 4

I dont know what happens but men hate on Mia Farrow except her children.

# 5

Whilst most of us can agree that accusations of Woody Allen sexually molesting his adoptive daughter raises questions of moral and legal culpability perhaps the greater question is whether we should care that sometimes a great film maker can be just as distorted and purportedly devoid of moral acumen as the subject matter of the films he so often specializes in. Which is probably why the films are so good in the first place, cause no one knows blood and gore better than an axe murderer, metaphorically speaking….

Which raises the ultimate question, should we as an audience veto a filmmaker because of his purported moral and legal behavior? Or at the very least decline to celebrate him with honorary awards….and the further denunciation of women?

http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2014/02/dylan-farrow-open-letter-woody-allen-sexually-molested-me-and-you-abetted-it/

# 6

I never thought I’d say this but Alec is right…

# 7

I have to comment on this, as a rape survivor myself.
I am a film lover.

I ask you this:
Should we judge an artist for an award that recognizes the artist’s creation(s) based on their personal life and our personal feelings about the artist?
Or should we judge an artists works based on the works of art themselves?

Should we not separate details about the artist’s personal life from the artist’s artistic creations?

In this case, the movies, the artistic creations of an artist, are being recognized.
The merit for such an award is not based on the details of a personal life, however unethical, true, false, or heinous they are.

Do you trash or discount a brilliant piece of work because you do not agree with the personal life of the artist who created it?

I cannot say that I think that Dylan is lying.
I can say I am mortified to think her allegations are true.
As a victim of sexual assault and abuse, I am so sorry if this happened to her.

But, I cannot agree that Woody Allen deserves no recognition for his artistic talent.
Regardless of what he’s done, his works merit celebration and inclusion in the history of excellent film making.

# 8

It’s a terrible situation. I feel for all involved and agree that hopefully everyone finds peace. What’s unfair is that Cate and Alec had to be dragged into it when it’s not their business but just because they chose to work with him their forced to make statements on a private matter.

# 9

@Leila Kincaid:
You are absolutely correct. Great response and my heart goes to you. So nice to share like that.

what we do KNOW is that USA is the last place where fair trials take place. let’s BE CLEAR. You can kill a child, and be found not guilty.

Alec, you defend what’s right.

I think the problem here is with the system. Someone like Woody Allen will not get a trial, and if by some miracle he does, he will not be found guilty. I think that was the whole point in Dylan’s letter. He is/was always celebrated regardless of everything going on.

I think the fact that he was honored and applauded at the Golden Globes has really bothered her

I believe Dylan @ 02/02/2014 at 12:35 pm

I wonder why Woody does not adopt boys? A photo of him holding hands with a teen daughter while his wife is standing behind them is creepy in my opinion.

My heart aches for anyone who has gone thru such terrible trauma. But I agree with both Cate and Alec on this. I also have to say that as terrible as Dylan must feel, it is wrong for her to publically call out the actors and attempt to get them drawn into this. She needs to be calling on the courts, the prosecutors, the lawyers, etc, and get this addressed in the proper way, not be lashing out like this to people who are working actors who had nothing at all to do with what happened in her house when she was a small child. I guess she is hurt and angry as she watches people praise her father. But this is not new. This isn’t his first movie since she accused him, so why now? Why call out Cate Blanchett for heaven’s sake? Between the time Dylan said this happened, and today, Woody’s made a lot of movies.

They chose to work with a pedophile so people have a right to judge them. Allen deserves Delieverence-type of treatment.

@pickles:
Yes exactly. He was being honored for his work not his personal life. His work speaks for itself and that’s why talented people want to work with him. It was very unfair of her to ask something of people who have never been involved with the situation. And like you said why now? After all this time. To me it’s completely attention seeking. Mia and her son didn’t have to tweet the night of the globes and then start what they’ve started. Truthfully it’s been done to hurt him and slander his name during this time. I really do feel completely for Dylan but she states in her letter how she’s getting to move on and live her life but writing the letter and getting it thrown all over the internet is proving that she isn’t trying to move on. Of course suffering like she has she can never move on but it’s something that should be done privately and not all over the place for everyone to see.

Is Nancy Grace posting here? @ 02/02/2014 at 12:41 pm

@nope:
LOL! You have that backwards. The USA is one of the places on the planet you CAN get what can be considered a fair trial.
If someone is found not guilty then they probably didn’t do it. At least it wasn’t proven. Your opinion about someone’s guilt does not trump facts and evidence.

Even though both responded correctly it was also cowardly and sidestepping and an opportunity that warranted a thought out comment rather than the majority of soundbites required from celebs.

You clearly have mental issues, trayvon martin was SHOT AND KILLED by a man, and that man was found not guilty.

And that is not my opinion, that is a FACT. don’t come for me, I’m not the one.

Mia is mentally obsessed since their break up was a public humiliation for her, because Soon Yi?

Children don’t “invent” child abuse stories. When a child says that he or she was abused, you better do something about. All of us have a responsibility to listen to children and protect them from abuse, not only our children but ALL children. Don’t wait until it’s your own kids that fall victim of abuse, but most of all, don’t let power and money make you blind or ignore child abuse.

Both responses are indicative of Mia Farrow’s point, they don’t want to take a stance against WHAT’S WRONG, it’s cowardly, probably of their opportunisim of wanting to be in a “Woody Allen” Movie. If they knew the situation before working with W. Allen, then I would question their moral judgement. They obviously value their career over what’s goodness and immoral.

@Dee: Alec is wrong. Child abuse is not a familiar issue, but a social issue. As responsible members of society we have the moral duty to protect children. I hope Hollywood stops supporting Woody Allen. He is a child predator.

@monica22: you’re right I mean… Cate and Alec are just working and this issue is just about Woody and his family… No one else, they need to have a trial and if he is guilty ok… then he has to be in jail. But Cate and Alec have nothing to do with this!

Pedophilia is a disgusting, terrible crime. Woody Allen isn’t the first famous artist to be accused of a disgusting crime. This isn’t new.

I don’t have a problem with Dylan being public. My problem is how she is doing this now, and using these actors, as if she is saying they would support that kind of criminal behavior. To me, she is wrong by calling out these actors asking them how they’d feel if it were their kid.

Dylan obviously has some serious problems to deal with, and no, she isn’t working to get past her problems by doing this and I agree with Stan#16 that Mia and her son tweeting about this during the Golden Globes was out of line.

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