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Scarlett Johansson Claims To Be Real Victim In Woody Allen Abuse Case, Actually Just A Big Narcissist

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Scarlett Johansson is speaking out for the real victims in the Woody Allen abuse case–the actors who have worked with him and have faced marginal criticism for the association. While you may have thought that Dylan Farrow was the victim, you are wrong, and Scarlett Johansson is here to set you straight. You might remember that Johansson was named in Farrow’s open letter about her alleged sexual abuse, and in an interview with The Guardian, Johansson gave a troubling and confusing statement about the whole situation.

Interviewer Carole Cadwalladr remarked to Johansson that being named in a letter “must have been a very uncomfortable experience.” Apparently it was (as I’d imagine it would be), although Johansson seems to have taken it more personally than sympathetically. She responded:

“I think it’s irresponsible to take a bunch of actors that will have a Google alert on and to suddenly throw their name into a situation that none of us could possibly knowingly comment on. That just feels irresponsible to me.”

In theory, I understand how surreal it would be to wake up one morning and suddenly be linked to an incident that happened years ago, before you were in any way involved with anyone involved. But at the same time, the abuse allegations aren’t new. Allen’s always been married to his stepdaughter figure. Nothing in Farrow’s letter qualifies as a bombshell or as novel, so Johansson wasn’t blindsided. She made the decision to work with Allen anyway, which opens her up to criticism, and and she chose a public career path. But it seems that Johansson is most comfortable to the play the blindsided card, despite the remarkable improbability of it all. When asked about the backlash against Allen, she replied:

“I’m unaware that there’s been a backlash. I think he’ll continue to know what he knows about the situation, and I’m sure the other people involved have their own experience with it. It’s not like this is somebody that’s been prosecuted and found guilty of something, and you can then go, ‘I don’t support this lifestyle or whatever.’ I mean, it’s all guesswork.”

I don’t really believe that given that Google alert Johansson mentioned, she could possibly be unaware of the backlash. Or the fact that she’s being interviewed about the backlash might be a clue. I’m also a bit confused–if Allen were tried and found guilty of molestation, wouldn’t we all hope for a slightly stronger statement than “I don’t support this lifestyle or whatever.” In my understanding, the unwillingness to condemn Allen came from not having all of the information (until Allen stands trial, which he won’t, everything’s an allegation), but I had assumed that in the event that Allen faced an actual conviction, the support would die down.

Johansson closed the topic by saying the one reasonable point she’s made in all of this: “I don’t know anything about it. It would be ridiculous for me to make any kind of assumption one way or the other.” This is one hundred percent right. The multitudes of celebrities who’ve weighed in don’t really know anything one way or the other, so the blind support seems a bit ill-advised (although you could say the same about all the journalists and bloggers who’ve weighed in with their opinions slamming Allen, myself included).

It’s bizarre to me that Johansson wouldn’t just decline to answer the question instead of making herself the victim. In all the content that Johansson’s name appears in online, I don’t think Farrow’s was any worse or without some merit. At some point, everyone is responsible for the company they keep, regardless of supporting a lifestyle (“or whatever”). But aside from all of that–this isn’t about Johansson. It’s about a person talking about her experience of being abused. When a person reports abuse in any capacity, it’s everyone else’s job to sit down, shut up, and listen.

Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images

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  • Samantha Escobar

    Not gonna lie, this took my opinion of Scarlett Johansson down about 7 notches. I fully understand that people have obligations in Hollywood regarding tiptoeing around famous, successful directors/assholes, but there are many celebrities who do speak out, so it’s not fucking impossible nor a career killer if you’re already incredibly established, as she is.

    • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

      Oh, after this I probably won’t be seeing (or at least paying for) any ScarJo movies again.

  • CMJ

    Her life must be RUINED by her Google Alert going off.

    FFS.

    http://cdn.uproxx.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/scoff.gif

  • anna

    When did she say she’s a victim? I think she just said she can’t know what happened and that she doesn’t appreciate being dragged into this situation that she doesn’t feel comfortable commenting on.

    • CMJ

      If she would have dropped the Google Alert line, I might have some sympathy for her.

    • Julia Sonenshein

      exactly.

  • Hayley Hoover

    Sigh. On the one hand, I understand that it’s impossible for her to say the right thing here, since there’s no right thing to say. On the other hand, she always seemed like someone who had enough respect for other women that she wouldn’t be so flippant about such an important issue.

  • Rigor_Mortis

    Oh, so now pedophilia is a “lifestyle”.

    In case that Sodastream controversy didn’t convince people that she’s an imbecile, this one should do the trick.

    • HE Pennypacker

      absolutely!! What a complete disappointment she is. We shouldn’t expect actors to think beyond themselves and what’s in it for them. Bloody disgrace, I thought she was more intelligent and sympathetic about these serious issues.

  • Ally

    I don’t know…I do understand how she would want to be left out of a situation she might and probably has no knowledge about but it kinda seems like she’s disassociating from this because her Google alert went off and it inconvenienced her and Dylan is omg so irresponsible for doing that. It’s really sad how so few people are willing to at least try to understand the victim. Instead everyone is defending Woody and completely discrediting the story of Dylan because she’s not helping them get rich and famous like Woody is. Not gonna lie, the responses to this situation have made me dislike actors I previously was a big fan of, like Scarlet. Not like my opinion will affect her in any way, but this is really disappointing.

  • Tinyfaeri

    She should have just kept her mouth shut.

  • Benita

    A good tip for life is to never be shocked that an actor is a narcissist and that way they can’t disappoint you when they inevitably make something “all about me”. It’s part in parcel about going into a career that’s so naturally self centered, it attracts them like flies. They are all narcissists to one degree or another, even your fave who you think hung the moon, yup still a narcissist.

  • CoffeeCrazed

    Her esteem just bumped up a few notches for me.
    1) she refuses to jump into the fray of equally be refutable allegations on both sides of the story.
    2) She highlights the grave concerns associated with social media justice warrioring. Her name was associated with these allegations (Why????) and we know that one can now go from hero to zero in a few hours as a result of unsubstantiated claims. Highlights an important issue, regardless of whether she is not sticking up for women.

  • Amber Hughson

    So, basically, the author of this article is saying, “Scarlett Johansson is saying she had nothing to do with this, which she didn’t, and she’s saying she doesn’t know what to say so she just shouldn’t say anything, which is true, but I’m annoyed that she thinks its strange that people are asking her to say things!”