Obviously I agree that it’s important not to belittle the significance of Dylan Farrow’s accusation or the response it’s since spurred. Speculation over the ‘truth’ of the allegations persists, with more journalists defending Allen than Farrow. The courage it must have taken to write that letter needs to be acknowledged and a woman speaking out is not something that should be trivialised or ignored, as it so often is.
Sitting quietly beside were the wives, friends and family of the men: a fairly ordinary-looking group of Sunshine Coast residents, with nothing that screamed, ‘Vicious Lawless Associate’. The man in the brown shirt sitting in the dock didn’t look to be the frothing-at-the-mouth type the title of the legislation under which he had been charged suggested. He told his lawyer he was dying for a smoke.
We don’t know the victims’ names or nationalities, let alone anything their circumstances. No major news outlet has investigated; the government faces no pressure whatsoever to explain a tactic that has just casually killed three men. That’s why I can’t share other commentators’ confidence that Tony Abbott’s war on the ABC will fail. I think it’s already succeeding.
The allegations that Woody Allen sexually assaulted his daughter Dylan were first raised and investigated in 1993. In May of that year, the New Yorker published a report by Lawrence Wright entitled ‘Remembering Satan’. This concerned an investigation of prolonged and horrific abuse in a Satanic cult which had to be abandoned after it became apparent that the detectives had heavily manipulated the witnesses and their testimonies.
The world got a good laugh the other week when the World Economic Forum announced that its annual Davos meeting would focus on inequality. As photos of Bono hanging with Hapsburgs trickled out, accompanied by the gushing features of financial journalists treated to five-star junkets at the gabfest – which has all but retreated to its mountain redoubt these days, largely because of the besiegement it got in Melbourne in 2000 – even its supporters couldn’t keep a straight face.