I’m super glad to see some push back and asswhupping from Ronan Farrow. He broke ties with his publisher after it was announced that his estranged father (father? but he looks so much like some sort of, oh, I don’t know, mobster crooner from the 50s? Not a great set of dads to choose from, I admit) Woody Allen was taken on for an autobiography by Hachette, the very same publishing empire that produced Farrow’s seminal (ovarian?) #metoo book Catch and Kill. “Imagine if it was your sister,” he said. I would, and I imagine he would too if he wasn’t trying to make a specific point, go further and say, “Imagine if it was anyone.”
Dylan Farrow released a statement Monday after the announcement, saying, “Hachette’s publishing of Woody Allen’s memoir is deeply upsetting to me personally and an utter betrayal of my brother whose brave reporting, capitalized on by Hachette, gave voice to numerous survivors of sexual assault by powerful men. For the record, I was never contacted by any fact checkers to verify the information in this ‘memoir.’ “
Ronan Farrow said in his statement that Hachette had been “wildly unprofessional” and had shown “a lack of ethics and compassion” for victims of sexual abuse.
He also said he had urged Hachette to conduct a fact check on Allen’s account and added, “I’ve also told Hachette that a publisher that would conduct itself in this way is one I can’t work with in good conscience.”