Allen V. Farrow – what a messy situation

Allen V Farrow: Remind us again why we wanted to cover this case? 😩

When Mia Farrow accused Woody Allen in 1992 of sexually abusing their 7 year old adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, shit hit the fan. Here were two of the biggest celebrities in the world going head to head in a shocking scenario that would ruin Mia’s career, leave Dylan’s life broken and see Woody come out of it relatively unscathed.

Look, this case is so complex – there are so many things that are disturbing / don’t add up / are supremely unfair, and we really only scratch the surface of it all in our latest podcast episode. What’s really unnerving, though, more than Woody’s obsession with Dylan, the way he made her suck his thumb, and all the creepy details is the way Mia was portrayed. The predictable ‘woman scored’ label was thrown at her when it was revealed that Woody had been fucking Mia’s other adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn and that Mia made up the abuse story as some kind of revenge. And the fact that at the time, no one believed Mia or Dylan. It’s a shitty situation, coupled with the fact that Woody gaslighted not only Mia but also the world…

Looking at this case from a post #metoo perspective, there’s never been a more conducive time for this story to be re-examined and for women’s stories to be heard and believed. 

We don’t have any answers. We don’t even know the truth. But we give it some chat and think about certain angles, and at the end of it all, I think we were glad to have this grubby case behind us. Because no matter what you believe, no one came out of this story better off. It’s heartbreaking. And shitty.

We do lighten the mood, though, with some Cliff Richard and Shirley Bassey anecdotes and a little reminisce about Matt Dillon and The Outsiders.

Enjoy the episode and keep Eavesdroppin’!

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