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  •  The whole thing is distasteful (9+ / 0-)

    ... on more than one level. But I'm not sure where he's a pedophile. His involvement with his girlfriend's daughter didn't start until she was of the age of consent. She was about 19 when the scandal broke, more or less, since she was only estimated as 7 when found scavenging alone on the streets in Korea. She could have been older due to developmental delay due to severe malnutrition. She was not his step-daughter since Allen & Farrow never married, and always maintained separate residences.

    Again, although the whole business is distasteful, and put me off Allen more than a little, it's also true that the young woman is now over 40, and she and Allen have been married for 16 or 17 years now. It does seem that his attachment is to the actual person, not merely to her being only barely of age.

    If you're going to trash someone, best to do it with actual facts, which are damning enough, and skip the extra hyperbole. Farrow has plenty to be bitter about, and Allen & Farrow's mutual children don't have anything to do with him or their sister (half sister? not sure what to call the relationship if it's adopted children with various non-biological adoptive fathers.) There's betrayal and bad behavior and grounds for bitterness and resentment galore.

    I don't agree with your equating Allen with Rush Limbaugh either. There's very little about the two men which is similar.

    There were things I definitely enjoyed in Allen's work, paying less attention of late. Though I did like the Paris movie; it's maybe done his work some good to uproot from New York.

    To MC: Allen's work, as other's have mentioned, is deeply embedded with cultural allusion (a word which is much misused nowadays, it's not the same as "suggestion"), many of which relate to European cinema and film from earlier generations. "Midnight in Paris", which I liked, is largely about that very yearning for times gone by.

    Mark Twain: It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

    by Land of Enchantment on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 06:37:43 AM PST

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    •  Good comment, thanks. (2+ / 0-)
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      Yes, I agree that comparing Woody Allen to Rush Limbaugh was hyperbolic. I also agree that Allen's marriage to Sun Ye may be on a bit more solid ground ethically than some of his detractors claim.

      It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

      by karmsy on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 07:47:47 AM PST

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      •  really? a man 35 years older than his current (0+ / 0-)

        girlfriend's daughter is "ethical"?  any other man than allen - any joe blow - would have been arrested for child endangerment or sexual abuse.

        allen had fame and money and he skated.

        i compared rush to allen not in idealogy - but as someone who crosses the line repeatedly - he isn't given a pass - why should allen be given one?

        take allen out of the picture and put any OTHER ordinary man in it and everyone would be OUTRAGED!  OUTRAGED! i tell ya!

        i don't make excuses for celebrities.  i worked professionally in the theatre for decades - we were doing a job - just more visible.  it doesn't give anyone in the arts a free pass for behavior that would land others in jail.

        EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

        by edrie on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 08:16:53 PM PST

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