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Scarlett Johansson: Dylan Farrow's Essay on Woody Allen Was 'Irresponsible'

Scarlett Johansson: Dylan Farrow's Essay on Woody Allen Was 'Irresponsible'

Scarlett Johansson has responded to the open letter that Dylan Farrow wrote about her father Woody Allen and calls her actions “irresponsible.”

In the letter, Dylan asked the 29-year-old actress “what if it had been you?” as she has worked with the famous director on several movies.

“I think it’s irresponsible to take a bunch of actors that will have a Google alert on and to suddenly throw their name into a situation that none of us could possibly knowingly comment on,” Scarlett told the Guardian. “That just feels irresponsible to me.”

“I don’t know anything about it. It would be ridiculous for me to make any kind of assumption one way or the other,” she added when asked if the scandal had any affect on her relationship with Woody.

“I’m unaware that there’s been a backlash. I think he’ll continue to know what he knows about the situation, and I’m sure the other people involved have their own experience with it,” Scarlett continued. “It’s not like this is somebody that’s been prosecuted and found guilty of something, and you can then go, ‘I don’t support this lifestyle or whatever.’ I mean, it’s all guesswork.”

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  • amber

    She should shut up.

  • Sienna

    Lest us hope that no one molest her soon to be born child.

  • Mark


  • lillian

    She isn’t very bright this one.

  • RED

    Scarlet needs a good slap in her face!

  • Mark

    + THIS WHOLE THING WAS ON THE INTERNET WHEN ‘Blue Jasmine’ WAS Critically Acclaimed And Getting OSCAR BUZZ .. -_-

  • Mkhay

    What did you expect her to say. Why would she comment on it if she has no clue what happened?

  • go go

    She sure got your attention didnt she?

  • Alaric

    Darn you scarlet! why did she bring that up! now dylan is gonna talk again and this crap is going to continue.

  • Cara

    I kind of agree with her.

    The actors were not there when the molestation occured nor do they know the truth about the gritty details. She didn’t need to bring hollywood into her letter. She could have just written it about him and alluded to hollywood instead of giving names.

  • Ally

    Funny how MEDIA is able to MANIPULATE people.
    1. GUARDIAN asked her a question – she answered.
    2. she doesn’t know any facts about this situation, so she’s been honest

  • Jenni Wildflower

    A lot has been public for over 20 years about this story and Woody Allen. For Scarlett or anyone to claim ignorance is dishonest. She has the same access to the story as we do. She has the same responsibilty to make an informed opinion, not act like she cannot read.

    The only way to begin to take sex abuse seriously is for victims to name names, call people out. No one wanst to support Mel Gibson right? But I guess prejudice is “worse” than raping (Polanski did) or being inappropriate (a judge’s finding) with a small child (like Allen with Dylan)?

    HW lauding Allen and Polanski and others shows that more calling out needs to be done. This is a social justice issue.

  • kami

    this super unintelligent woman who thinks she’s so smart should just keep her mouth shut. every time she tires to sound profound, she come off sounding more stupid.

  • Mark

    @Ally , THANK U!!

  • bold

    She’s right. Dylan had no point name-dropping her up in her essay. It was just a way to get more attention. Scarlett is not responsible for what happened to her. She wasn’t there and let’s not forget Woody was never proven guilty of those charges. He’s innocent until proven guilty in a court of law whether you self-righteous witch hunters like it or not.

  • Shells

    She’s right – but Just Jared should be careful how you phrase this. She didn’t call Dylan Farrow irresponsible for writing an essay or stating her story. She’s just saying it’s not fair to include her and other actors who can’t possibly know or say anything worthwhile, who need to shut up instead of voicing ill-informed opinions. Can’t blame her there.

  • Ally

    @Shells: yep – I think JJ wanted some attention at that point ;)

  • Jasi

    One fking jew sticking up for another despite a horrible misdeed-what a shocker. If this were woody harrelsons adopted daughter making the claim, you. Think scarlett would be around him singing this toon? Wake up to jew hollywood people.

  • Mary

    Funny how centuries of established jurisprudence can be swept away by the idea that “everyone knows” he’s guilty. People calling for this guy’s head on the basis of what we think we know about this case are deeply frightening to me. The original claim was Allen fingered her. But when they examined her, she was completely intact with no damage. She was lying then to appease her bitter mother and she’s lying now for the same reason. She stirred up those allegations to get her 15 minutes, certainly not to get any kind of closure.

  • Jasi

    @Mary: Wow you have it all figured out. Stop any proceedings, let dylan know she is completely delusional, and allen is a total saint. Oops, i mean rabbi

  • Scarlett Letter

    Scarlett, there’s a reason why you’re an actress and your commentary is a great indication of that fact. What I’m saying is….you’re dumb. It’s okay, Scarlett. A lot of your peers are dumb too. It’s because you are physically attractive – that’s why you are famous. I’m sure you think you’re a good actress, considering the award winning films like all the Marvel, VERY ORIGINAL MOVIES, and of course, my personal favorite, He’s Just Not That Into Me. When your looks go, so will you my dear. Good luck with clinging on to that relevance.

  • enough

    First of all, Woody Allen was never charged with, let alone convicted of child abuse. Without knowing the individuals personally I find it more than a little hard to believe that Soon-Yi would have lived with Allen if she had seriously believed that he molested her little sister.
    I also find the fact that Mia Farrow, Roman Farrow and Dylan Farrow are all engaging in what is obviously a coordinated campaign against Allen many years after the alleged incident occurred more than a little suspect.
    How can so many people assume Allen to be guilty without any concrete evidence of misconduct? An open allegation letter – no matter how horrifying – is not evidence. It’s one person’s account of what happened.

  • Alaia

    She never said the essay was irresponsible. She said name dropping her was. Christ, can’t you people read?

  • B


    a lot of victims either suffer or force themselves to fall in love with their abusers.

  • Girl Is Fake

    “The actress [Scarlett] also responded to questions about the controversy over her role as a spokesperson for SodaStream, which caused her tow step down as ambassador for Oxfam. SodaStream owns a factory in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. Oxfam opposes such businesses on the grounds that they are illegal. When Oxfam reached out to the actress regarding her role as a SodaStream sponsor, she opted to resign from the charity.”

  • Girl Is Fake

    basically scarlett chose soda water over human rights. yea, we should definitely be listening her opinions. this is what happens when you idolize stupid people.

  • Carrie

    Obviously JJ has trouble reading properly. Scarlett was asked a question, she gave an appropriate response. NO ONE (other than Dylan and Woody) KNOWS WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN THAT ATTIC. NO ONE.

  • Crown of Dumb

    Oh Scarlett. Thank god you’re pretty.

  • Mary (a different one)

    This story has certainly brought out some strong feelings (and anti-Semites). No where in her response does she say that Woody is innocent. She is saying that she knows nothing about the situation, so it is irresponsible to hold her out as someone who should comment on the situation. She wasn’t even alive or was just a child at the relevant time.

    Asking her to take sides is absurd — even the officials who looked into the situation came to different conclusions. She has no insight into the situation.

    I think that folks who are so upset read only the headline, not what was actually said. The headline is purposefully misleading and provocative.

  • Ally

    @Mary (a different one) 100 % RIGHT : people are waiting for stories like that to do some ANTI-SEMITIC comments and most of them read jsut the headline..

  • Samantha

    It is nobody else’s business. Oof course nobody knows the whole story. But for such a serious issue, it is kind of insensitive to label the victim as “irresponsible.”

  • Annie

    You can give your opinion on what an actress should do while being offered a role in a Woody allen movie on

  • Lena

    @go go:

    Yes. She absolutely got my attention. I will make sure to punish her stupid and “irresponsible” statement about Dylan by passing on her movies. Did this idiot think she would look smart by publicly commenting on this issue as a hangers on? Fail.

  • temple

    Scarlet you are an idiot. do your homework. read up. and use some female instincts and intuition. woody allen is guilty as sin. a lowlife child sexual predator and abuser. And it was proven OUT of court. The decision not to have a trial was made to spare child further trauma (and likely also to spare her nightmare mother some inconveniences too-as her questionable ethics and fitness as a mother might have been dragged in and called into question if woody had wanted to fight back). So who loses? Dylan does. all around. And to add insult to injury her she is met with criticism and doubt and while this monster continues to be applauded and awarded and revered. She is called a liar and now “irresponsible”? This innocent human being was given up by her own mother and placed (by a totally irresponsible adoption agency) with nutcase mother (pretending to live a married life with woody allen while she was still screwing her ex, who was old enough to be her father) and a sick, evil predator “father”, (who has admitted to being sexually attracted to girls as young as 11). get over yourself scarlet- If you want to call anyone irresponsible it is the adoption agency that placed this helpless child with these two nightmare human beings.

  • Lena

    And, by the way, Scarlett needs to learn the difference between an invitation for public comment and a rhetorical question. I doubt seriously Dylan really cares what dingbat Scarlett’s position is on this serious matter.

  • annie

    You can give your opinion on what an actress should do while being offered a role in a Woody allen movie on

  • You Go Scarlett

    - Dylyin’ Farrow, soulless ginger puppet of Insanely Angry Mia, throwing out baseless accusations irresponsibly to please her mentally abusive mommy dearest and further solidify her own falsely implanted memories.

  • siennagold

    This girl is vapid.

  • Bonnie

    The vapid cow should STHU. This is none of her business. She’s defending a pedophile freak and she can’t possibly have but one side of the story. People who aren’t in an abusive family situation (outsiders) have no idea what happens or what happened to that little girl.

  • Tyla

    Scarlet was ASKED these questions and therefore she answered. I actually agree with her completely. Especially about the “irresponsible” part. Farrow threw in celebrities’ names to gain even more attention and I feel that it was wrong of her to do because how the hell would the people she mentioned know anything about it? It was like she was attempting to blame them as part of it and cause guilt.

  • Jamie

    Not surprising, Scarlett has never been bright. Anyone who actually thinks Woody is innocent is a moron. The victim blaming and shaming on here is disgusting. Yeah, defend a pedophile. Real classy.

  • temple

    my comment is still awaiting moderation??

  • gmarie

    DITTO ….. she said she knows nothing she should have said nothing… she’s opened herself to all sorts of backlash…..BTW all the transcripts are there to read…. what lawyers did and said, what judges did and said….prosecuters etc. She should have kept her mouth SHUT and has a nerve to call anyone ‘irresponsible’, especially Dylan. You had more class when u said nothing, now there will be no end to it , dumb move Scarlett, kind of ‘irresponsible’

  • HK

    Once you publicly involve others in your personal matters, using them, shaming them and their reputations, putting them on the spot, you should expect a response, unless you are delusional and out of touch with reality.
    One can see a theme here in DF’s tactics : leverage, use, pressure and destroy the reputations of others while using the position and PC power of a self-labeled” victim”..shameful and a slap in the face to real victims.. DF is a Demon.

  • Great mom…

    Molesting a child is just another “lifestyle” choice, is it? Dylan doesn’t seem to think so…

  • duh

    Irresponsible to involve others and throw in their name on such a serious matter. You Bet, who wouldn’t be pissed off.? Scarlett should seek her out and bytchslap the silly little attention seeking nobody.

  • Crystal

    @Mary: How do you know that Dylan is lying? We are not lawyers or child psychologists.

  • Bar

    girl don’t need a brain when she look like that!

  • victim blame much

    I don’t see Scarlett publically calling out Woody for what we know as fact. Sun Yi was underage and he was her mother’s boyfriend. Celebs just hate being called out because they have to butt kiss to keep working and there are some pretty sick individuals in HW in high places.

  • jenny


    it’s funny when hollywood actresses like her think they are smart! makes me wanna LOL all the way home