On Sunday, a number of news outlets reported that Hollywood might finally be done with Woody Allen, a mere 26 years after adopted daughter Dylan Farrow accused him of assaulting and abusing her when she was only seven years old. To some, it was a relief to hear that both actors and distributors (chiefly, Amazon) were taking the allegations against Allen seriously at long last—but not to Alec Baldwin, who sent a series of tweets claiming Farrow was mimicking the lying rape victim in To Kill a Mockingbird to win sympathy from the public. Thank you, Alec Baldwin, for never failing to say the exact wrong thing at every turn.
Baldwin, who earlier this week tweeted that the several actors who declared they would never work with Allen again were “unfair and sad,” accused Farrow of using her “persistence of emotion” to lead the charge against Allen. “Like Mayella in TKAM, her tears/exhortations r meant 2 shame u in2 belief in her story,” he wrote. “But I need more than that before I destroy some1, regardless of their fame. I need a lot more.”
Baldwin added, “To say that @RealDylanFarrow is telling the truth is to say that (brother) @MosesFarrow is lying. Which of Mia’s kids got the honesty gene and which did not?” Then, he invited the haters to peace out.
Mayella, for those of you who do not recall, was one of To Kill a Mockingbird’s more complicated villains, setting the main events of the novel in motion by falsely accusing a black man of raping and beating her. Mayella’s testimony [SPOILER ALERT] leads to an innocent man’s death, and apparently Baldwin thinks this archetypal injustice is akin to what’s happening with Allen. Though it certainly seems Farrow—who, for the last 26 years, has repeatedly had to recount how her adoptive father allegedly molested her—suffered far more than a man who has been one of Hollywood’s most celebrated directors for the last six decades.
Farrow responded to Baldwin’s tweets in a statement given to The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s interesting that Mr. Baldwin chooses to dismiss the judgments of Justice Wilk and Prosecutor Frank Maco, who reviewed ALL of the evidence instead of just selected bits and pieces,” she said.
She also noted that there may, in fact, have been some similarities between her and Mayella, though maybe not quite the ones Baldwin picked out. “However, considering that Mr. Baldwin confidently invoked Mayella Ewell to make his point while forgetting that it’s been hotly debated that she was, in fact, raped by her father, demonstrates that perhaps Baldwin is just not a stickler for details,” she said.
At least someone was paying attention in eighth grade English.