Dylan Farrow calls out Justin Timberlake for working with Woody Allen

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Megan Murray

Dylan Farrow has called out Justin Timberlake’s support of Time’s Up.

Dylan Farrow, activist and adopted daughter of Hollywood director Woody Allen, has challenged Justin Timberlake’s commitment to the Time’s Up movement on Twitter. 

On the 23 January, Timberlake took to social media to ask fans a pretty random question.

Writing on the platform, he said, “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??”

Farrow, who recently reinvigorated the conversation around her claims that Allen sexually abused her as a child, took this opportunity to point out that Timberlake appears to be doing just that, referencing the Time’s Up movement.

She replied directly to his tweet, writing, “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).”

Farrow spoke out about the abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of Allen in an open letter in The New York Times, in 2014.

Since then, herself and her siblings have continued to raise awareness of Allen’s alleged crimes, most recently in her first ever TV interview about Allen, just last week.

Appearing on CBS This Morning, Farrow told host Gayle King, “Why shouldn’t I want to bring him down?”

“Why shouldn’t I be angry?” she continued, in a teaser of the interview released by the broadcaster.

“Why shouldn’t I be hurt? Why shouldn’t I feel some sort of outrage after all these years being ignored and disbelieved and tossed aside?”

Farrow has cited the #MeToo movement as encouragement to keep speaking out about her abusive childhood. Following this, a host of celebrities who have previously worked with Allen, have publicly apologised to Farrow and expressed regret in their involvement with the director, with some even donating their salaries from his films to the Time’s Up fund.

Timberlake, however, has not.

The actor and singer starred in Allen’s 2017 film, Wonder Wheel, which tells the story of four people living on Coney Island in the 1950s.

So far Timberlake has not commented on his association with Allen, but was seen wearing a Time’s Up pin at the Golden Globes alongside the droves of actors that wore all-black in a stand for the evening. 

Justin Timberlake at this year’s Golden Globes

Social media users were quick to echo Farrow, with many asking when Timberlake would comment on his involvement with Allen. 

One Twitter user wrote, “Yes Justin. When are you going to speak out against Woody Allen? #TimesUp #MeToo”

Another said, “I want to retweet this a 100 times. You go Dylan!! #TimesUp on your hypocrisy JT.”

After filming Allen’s latest film, A Rainy Day in New York, Timothée Chalamet has donated his salary to a number of initiatives including Time’s Up, the LGBT Centre in New York, and RAINN [the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network]; Greta Gerwig also apologised during a New York Times roundtable.

“I can only speak for myself and what I’ve come to is this: If I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in the film,” she said. “I have not worked for him again, and I will not work for him again. Dylan Farrow’s two different pieces made me realise that I increased another woman’s pain, and I was heartbroken by that realisation.”

British actor Colin Firth has also stated that he will never work with the director again.

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