Justin Timberlake attacked by Dylan Farrow: here’s why

By Marriska Fernandes on January 25, 2018 | 30 Comments

Justin TimberlakeThese days, you wouldn’t believe what a cute tweet can get you into. Just ask Justin Timberlake.

The singer asked a “thought-provoking” question on Twitter. “Random question: Can someone please explain the saying, ‘You just want your cake and to eat it too.’ What else am I about to do with a cake??”

In response, Dylan Farrow blasted the SexyBack singer with the following tweet: “The saying means, for example, you can’t support #TIMESUP and praise sexual predators at the same time. You can’t retain your credibility as an activist (i.e. – retain the cake) and, at the same time, praise a sexual predator (i.e. – eating the cake).”

Dylan, the adopted daughter of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, detailed the sexual assault allegations against her father last week in an interview with CBS This Morning.

On Twitter, she took the opportunity to call out the actor for wearing a Time’s Up pin to the Golden Globes after having worked with Allen on the 2017 film Wonder Wheel.

Dylan has called out several actors on social media, such as Blake Lively and Cate Blanchett, who have supported the movement, but have worked with her father.

Oscar-nominee Timothée Chalamet said he will donate his salary from his upcoming Allen film to three charities, including Time’s Up. Other actors have also voiced their regrets at having worked with the director.

Earlier this year, Dylan told Buzzfeed, “I struggle with how a powerful force like Justin Timberlake can claim to be in awe of the strength of women and stand with them at this #MeToo moment and then in the next breath say that working with Woody Allen is a ‘dream come true.'”

Timberlake has yet to respond to Dylan, but rest assured, he sure won’t be tweeting about cake. ~Marriska Fernandes

Comments & Discussion

  1. R • January 25, 2018 @ 11:04 AM

    1st world problems.
    Can’t wait for AI to wake up and wipe us out (men, women, and whatever included).

  2. Mike Ram • January 25, 2018 @ 12:14 PM

    I vote we suspend all film and art production until everyone with an axe to grind has had their say in the Court of Public Opinion. No evidence required. Let us also throw everyone associated with these untried victims under the bus as a sacrifice. It is after all their fault for signing a contract a year ago without knowing that their new boss was a pervert or had enemies.

    Should the publisher who mistakenly defamed an innocent person be scrutinized and have their secrets exposed as punishment?

  3. Shannon • January 25, 2018 @ 12:21 PM

    I realize they are sexual predators but it doesn’t mean that the work they did was horrible. You can be a brilliantly horrible person, so yes as an actor it may have been a dream come true for JT, but as a human being Woody Allen is (allegedly) a horrible person. I realize people need to be able to voice their feelings, however, just because someone made a derogatory comment or touched your butt 20 years doesn’t mean we need to get in a tizzy about it now. Society has become incredibly over-sensitive in this regard.

  4. Alicia • January 25, 2018 @ 12:36 PM

    You do realize that Dylan Farrow has maintained for decades that her father, Woody Allen, sexually molested her when she was a child. This isn’t new information; he and Roman Polanksi have been the epitome for allowing this kind of behaviour to be accepted because he’s an “artist.”

    It’s gross that we wouldn’t allow someone to be a ‘good person’ and receive awards and accolades in any other field after they’ve raped children. But make movies and it’s fine?

  5. VENA SILLIPHANT • January 25, 2018 @ 12:38 PM

    The correct quote, which everyone seems to get wrong is ” You want to eat your cake and have it, too”. A subtle difference, and yet a major one. This means to have all the enjoyment and benefits of having used something, yet still retaining that something.

  6. Genny • January 25, 2018 @ 12:58 PM

    What an idiot even to put that out there. After doing a film with Woody Allen, he should shut the hell up.

  7. Christianne Pelletier • January 25, 2018 @ 1:39 PM

    Wow, ask an innocent and cute question and get crucified. He in no way asked it in reference to anything BUT the saying. Just because he asked the question doesn’t mean it was related to the #metoo movement or anything else. Maybe it was just something that popped into his head as, the way most people say it, it is kinda silly. The quote as Vena posted makes well more sense than the popular version. People do need to dial it back a bit on automatically jumping on this kind of thing.

    And BTW, #metoo, as a child. I am in no way trying to invalidate or excuse the behaviour of Woody Allen or Roman Polanski or any other sexual predator. I’ve never sat down to watch a Polanski or Allen film that I’m aware of due specifically to the sexual abuse and rape (particularly with Polanski who disgusts me to my core). Calling out abusers, abuse, and sexual predators is absolutely called for. But to rip JT a new one over this? It’s over the top.

  8. Katie • January 25, 2018 @ 1:44 PM

    You must be joking…. The allegations against Woody Allen are nothing new. Anyone who claims to have not known that is a pedophilic pervert is lying to themselves. And most actors who have denounced him have said they knew and were in denial.

  9. Matty G • January 25, 2018 @ 1:47 PM

    The entire message was lost in this “MeToo” movement.
    This was about the pedophilia in Hollywood, and all the young actors that were effected and destroyed by it. Now it’s been taken over by Hollywood’s actresses, and the pedophilia has been swept under the rug once again.
    The Me too movement shouldn’t have utterly taken over, and it seems a lot of actresses are just throwing accusations around at any male in the industry at this point.
    Shows are being cancelled or put on delay because all accusations have to be investigated…. this has become a ridiculous trend, and the true message was lost even for the Me Too movement.

  10. Robert Bouchard • January 25, 2018 @ 1:58 PM

    Here’s a crazy idea!! Why don’t we go back to the old ways of someone needing evidence to persecute another person who’s been accused of something. Don’t get me wrong as I’m totally
    against sexual assault. So let’s just say someone is accused of something they didn’t do and then that person kills themselves due to a false claim by some b rate actress who would never get a job for anything but porn….. I don’t mind calling people out, but we need to set a good example for kids. Innocent before guilty and we need to stop believing anything we here because thousands of people are taking a side because they think it’s the right thing to do. I can’t believe how stupid and ignorant people have become.

  11. Permafrost • January 25, 2018 @ 2:11 PM

    You realize this wasn’t random on her part, right? Even though JT was just asking a silly question, she took the opportunity to slam him for working with a director who’s long been alleged of being a pedophile, who happens to be her own father, who she maintains molested her. Ordinarily, I say you can separate good art from the allegedly bad person who made it; with Woody Allen though, how great is the art? All his movies feature some neurotic older guy in a strange power dynamic and sexual relationship with some younger woman. Addiction, insecurity, infidelity abound, with no resolution and little growth. All played for laughs. He seems to be inserting his issues into every movie, so it’s not just his art, but his actualpersonaloty that his fans praise.

  12. Joe • January 25, 2018 @ 3:20 PM

    Victims victims…..

    Let’s get everyone who has ever hurt us and get them back for everything they ever did.
    Why not just shot them all.

    Let those who haven’t sin, cast the first stone.

    Enough already. What ever happened to love thy enemy.
    We are just making things worse by all this finger pointing.
    God Bless Us All.
    Peace be with you.

  13. Barbara • January 25, 2018 @ 4:00 PM

    AMEN to that!!

  14. Georges Jansen • January 25, 2018 @ 4:05 PM

    Ament to the commentary by Shannon…✅
    Enough already!!

    Worry about the elderly and poor and the non insured for medical care !

    Dacca Etc

  15. Robert • January 25, 2018 @ 6:04 PM

    “I realize they are sexual predators but it doesn’t mean that the work they did was horrible.”

    Other than people tweeting stuff… Has anyone put time into a real investigation to prove any of this stuff? This whole #me too just steals from the real people who should be persecuted:

    R Kelly
    Bill Cosby
    Donald Trump
    Kevin Spacey
    Jared Fogle
    Paula Poundstone
    Jeffrey Jones
    Don Vito Vincent Margera
    Alex Da Silva (So you think You can Dance)
    Victor Salva for Christ sake!!!

  16. Jackie • January 25, 2018 @ 9:41 PM

    This MeToo is becoming such a joke, Woody Allen has been a sexual pervert for as long as I can remember. People, mostly men, are being condemned and ruined out of hand, no proof needed, Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? Some, like Weinstein, are obviously perverted. But not all are. I put messages on MeToo 3 times. I was so ashamed of what was happening that I deleted them. I can live with the pain. My life is better than ever. I will not participate in this witch hunt.

  17. J. • January 25, 2018 @ 11:14 PM

    @Jackie — Do you even know what an actual witch hunt is?

    “A witch-hunt is a search for people labelled ‘witches’ or evidence of witchcraft, often involving moral panic or mass hysteria. The classical period of witch-hunts in Early Modern Europe and Colonial North America took place in the Early Modern period or about 1450 to 1750, spanning the upheavals of the Reformation and the Thirty Years’ War, resulting in an estimated 35,000 to 100,000 executions. Including illegal and summary executions it is estimated 200,000 or more ‘witches’ were tortured, burnt or hanged in the Western world from 1500 until around 1800.” (Wikipedia)

    The #MeToo movement is not a witch hunt. It is survivors of sexual abuse/assault/harassment calling out those who inflicted it upon them and those who profitted by it. It is calling an end to power/gender imbalances.

  18. Roger Ramjet • January 26, 2018 @ 2:31 AM

    I agree with all the respondents who are fed up with #MeToo for the right reasons. It’s turning into a witch hunt that excludes the justice system and due process of the rule of law. Real crimes should be reported to the proper authorities and be revealed at the time they occur to stop the criminal behavior and prevent future victimization. It goes without saying that nobody in their right mind would ever support assault of any kind sexual or otherwise against anyone especially vulnerable women and children. Do you know how many Oscars Harvey Weinstein films have won over the years before he was publicly exposed and stopped? Over 80 Oscars. Yes that’s right over 80! Should all those Oscars now be canceled or invalidated including Gwyneth Paltrow’s best actress Oscar? Should all the Oscar winners associated with Harvey Weinstein films have to return their Oscars? Is it equivalent to an Olympic athlete who gets caught doping and has his medal canceled invalidated and returned? I don’t have an answer to that part of the equation. What about Woody Allen’s or Roman Polanski’s Oscars?

  19. TeeDee • January 26, 2018 @ 10:11 AM

    I tend to automatically believe the word of survivors of sexual assault right from the start because our society has a history of shaming and not believing the victims. Rapists have gotten off in the past because a woman “shouldn’t have been walking home alone”, or “she was dressed in a ‘sexy’ way.” This is why it has been so difficult for many women to come forward. Thankfully, that attitude is changing.
    That said, there are 2 things that bother me about the Woody Allen accusations: He has been working with women for decades, yet Dylan’s accusation is the only one I’ve ever heard about. Before anyone jumps on that, I also believe it only takes 1 assault to make someone a pedophile/sexual predator, so this in no way suggests that Dylan’s account was made up by Mia and Dylan. However, I’d like to know why a panel of therapists who interviewed Dylan did not believe her account. That’s the only doubt I have with this. Why did they not believe Dylan?

  20. Tracy • January 26, 2018 @ 3:02 PM

    People that have never been through the demeaning torture of sexual molestation like Ms Farrow are just expressing their pain and are basically slapped in the face every time they hear any accolades about their abuser. For every one thing that man has done great in his life he has emotionally tarnished and forever altered hers. I am sure it physically makes her ill when she hears of his great achievements. This is so petty compared to the emotional and mental damage she has to live with and attempt to repair on a daily basis probably for the rest of her life that will effect not only her but all that are closest to her.

  21. Tracy • January 26, 2018 @ 3:15 PM

    I just want to correct my first sentence of my comment sent 1/26/18 at 3:02pm. I meant that people that have never been through such a horrendous experience probably dont understand she (Ms Farrow) is just expressing that basically shes being slapped in the face every time someone goes on about how great Woody Allen is. No one that has been through that ever wants to hear what a great person their abuser is and the victim would like nothing more than to let the whole world know what a slimy perverted two faced shady character that person is. Sorry I didnt make that quite clear the first time.

  22. Sarah Vergari • January 27, 2018 @ 9:18 AM

    Soon Yi was 9 years old when Woody Allen began a relationship with her mother. He took naked pictures of Soon Yi. Why do people doubt Dylan?

  23. Jackie • January 28, 2018 @ 3:06 AM

    To those who object to my term “witch hunt” know that in the modern sense that is what it is. Witches were considered to be evil, but how many innocents died or were tortured? Same goes for today. Do you think I am saying this lightly? I have more than my share of rapes, violence and humiliation at the hands of men. But they were all in the past, and there are other people to consider when exacting your will. I choose not to hurt those who don’t deserve it.

  24. Snepts • January 29, 2018 @ 7:54 AM

    I’ll gladly put Mr. Allen’s artistic achievements up against those of Timberlake any day.

  25. CDubya • January 29, 2018 @ 1:35 PM

    Umm Woody Allen was thoroughly investigated and with DNA tests and so much more. He was found acquitted of all charges. His work is still great. Some people believe their stories so much that they make it true in their heads. Maybe there is a grain of truth but the evidence happened to point the other way. His name was dragged in the mud loooongg before this was a ‘thing’ of calling out Hollywood sexual predators. Nobody will ever know the truth. Period. None of us were there. But to work with him doesn’t make you a monster. That’s like saying every single person who ever worked at McDonald’s condones killing people with heart disease..some people believe that it does and some don’t. It’s a freaking job and you do it to the best of your ability because it pays rent and supports your current lifestyle. In Timberlake’s case he wants to try and be a respected actor.

  26. Genny • January 29, 2018 @ 2:32 PM

    Not sure where you got your information, CDubya, but Woody Allen was a: not thoroughly investigated with DNA tests and b: not acquitted of all charges. Here’s the facts: Woody claimed to never have been in the attic where the alleged abuse took place. He had to change that when the police found his DNA in there. He’s also lost four court battles in regards to these charges. He refused to take a police-administered lie detector test. Mia finally decided not to proceed any further to protect Dylan from having to testify in court, but she made sure Woody never had private access to Dylan again while Dylan was underage after Dylan told her what happened. Why does anyone believe Woody over Dylan? Because they love his films? Look at his behavior. He likes ’em young. He even married another one of Mia’s adopted daughters, he began grooming her when she was a teenager (or possibly earlier). And before we say, well she was an adult when she married him, let’s take a look at Soon-Yi. She was a severely-abused child who lived in Korea. She reportedly had learning disabilities from being hit in the head with wooden doors as a small child and didn’t speak at all. Mia and her husband at the time, Andre Previn, rescued her when she was eight. They divorced a year later and then Allen came into Mia’s life when Soon-Yi was nine. He’s 35 years her senior and the father and/or stepfather of her younger siblings. Anyway you look at it, something’s not right with him.

  27. Snepts • January 30, 2018 @ 4:16 PM

    It’s telling that Michael Jackson had numerous accusers, and Allen only one, who investigators concluded was likely “coached” by an unstable ex of Mr. Allen…

  28. David • February 1, 2018 @ 4:05 AM

    Please forgive me for saying this but hypothetically If you are rapped and/or otherwise sexually assaulted and stay silent isn’t your rapists future victims your fault? It is NOT your fault that that rapist rapped you but had you spoken up and reported him to the relevant authorities maby the rapist wouldn’t have been free to victimize others. That’s what bothers me about the whole movement.

    Its good you feel you have a voice now but you could have used it then to save someone else some trauma.

    To start accusing someone 20 years after the fact when there can be no evidence to prove or disprove is disgusting. I believe in innocence until proven guilty in a court of law. Nobody should be penalized until the allegations are investigated and confirmed.

  29. Tracy • February 2, 2018 @ 3:58 PM

    People that have never been through the demeaning torture of sexual molestation like Ms Farrow are just expressing their pain and are basically slapped in the face every time they hear any accolades about their abuser. For every one thing that man has done great in his life he has emotionally tarnished and forever altered hers. I am sure it physically makes her ill when she hears of his great achievements. This is so petty compared to the emotional and mental damage she has to live with and attempt to repair on a daily basis probably for the rest of her life that will effect not only her but all that are closest to her.

  30. Ed Wood • August 21, 2019 @ 1:59 AM

    I do not have bad feelings at all for Snepts because he is apparently tone deft and can not dance. There are multiple volumes for genius and believe me when I tell you if you take a vote especially nowadays on what hollywood thinks deserves awarded versus the multi millions of people who love Justin Timberlake because he brings a song and dance and tries very hard to make people smile, Mr Timberlake is going to win that contest every time. We are all so very tired of Hollywood and the “hand me a trophy award” and yes we graduated from a well know college so yes we understand when a movie is made some people live to see a movie and rate a writer or director or actor but at the end of it all Mr Timberlake will give you a song and a dance and you will smile. Also for good measure he is an excellent actor but even so I guarantee you given the choice he would choose you laugh or smile in this world of judgement. Some actors and or directors could mess up a county fair but I will not lose sleep over it. Jump on Justin Timberlake in the media, great move if your career is almost or already over because you just told the world you should have been named Mr or Miss Bitter. Take a deep breath and look in the mirror but be aware before you do the person you will see must be sad and lonely and my suggestion would be try your best to be more like Justin Timberlake and I know for a fact you will feel great as soon as you earn a smile from ………anyone.

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