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‘A Genius in France,’ IYKWIMAITYD

Posted on | February 2, 2014 | 23 Comments

When the rape case against Roman Polanski made headlines a few years ago, the film director’s defenders commonly made the argument that he shouldn’t be judged by his crime because, after all, he was considered a genius in France. As a euphemistic synonym for “celebrity pervert,” A Genius in France applies equally to Woody Allen:

Allen’s defenders correctly note that he denies the allegations, has never been convicted and should be presumed innocent. People weighed in on all sides, but one person who hasn’t been heard out is Dylan Farrow, 28, the writer and artist whom Allen was accused of molesting. . . .
Dylan writes:

That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up. I was stricken with guilt that I had allowed him to be near other little girls. I was terrified of being touched by men. I developed an eating disorder. I began cutting myself.
That torment was made worse by Hollywood. All but a precious few (my heroes) turned a blind eye. Most found it easier to accept the ambiguity, to say, “who can say what happened,” to pretend that nothing was wrong.

A Memeorandum thread with more commentary by Ann AlthouseScared MonkeysDan Riehl and Tom Maguire at Just One Minute.

Nicholas Kristof should be careful. He might get sued for defamation by A Genius in France. Lot of that going around, y’know.





23 Responses to “‘A Genius in France,’ IYKWIMAITYD”

  1. RS
    February 2nd, 2014 @ 1:05 pm

    I thought Jerry Lewis was “‘The‘” Genius In France.” As for Woody Allen, it is worthwhile to note that one of his most loved films, Manhattan tells the story of a 40+ male having an affair with a high school girl. No sign of her parents in the movie, BTW.

  2. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    February 2nd, 2014 @ 1:14 pm

    Woody? The character from Toy Story. Woody who?

  3. Dana
    February 2nd, 2014 @ 1:26 pm

    Nothing to see here, folks. Please, move along.

  4. Zohydro
    February 2nd, 2014 @ 1:35 pm

    IIRCC, there were some “concerns” when his affair with Soon-Yi Previn became public…

  5. Milo Galt
    February 2nd, 2014 @ 1:57 pm

    Reminds me of Allahpundit’s immortal tweet:

    “Word on the street: Polanski’s next film is so good, Europe’s going to let him bang an eight-year-old. It’s THAT GOOD.”

    Just change Polanski to Allen, change “let” to “help”, make that a seven-year-old, and Golden Globes will be rolling out the red carpet again!

  6. DaveO
    February 2nd, 2014 @ 1:59 pm

    Corey Feldman said Hollywood is filled with pedophiles and pederasts of both genders. They are protected because they make crazy profits and ‘vote correctly.’ Step 1: eliminate the Hollywood Tax Cuts. Step 2: impose GAAP, Sox, and Obamacare (which has a huge section on tax law) on Hollywood and enforce the laws on Hollywood. The crazy profits are reduced and support for Obama disappears – a libertarian redistribution of the wealth!

  7. CPAguy
    February 2nd, 2014 @ 2:14 pm

    The daily beast story that came out before Dylan’s article is pretty damning to the credibility of the Farrow clan…

    Allen may or may not be a creep, but the claims of abuse appear to be mighty dubious.

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  9. Alessandra
    February 2nd, 2014 @ 3:25 pm

    The fact that you even question that Allen is a creep already shows how distorted your perception is – without even getting to the abuse allegation. The problem in this case is that Allen’s credibility is not good and his supporters have mostly such Polanski-type views. In my view, there are plenty of credibility problems on all sides, which is pretty sad. But that certainly includes Allen and his defenders. I didn’t read a lot of the case, but to his favor, it appears he passed a lie detector test. On the other hand, the group of experts who talked to the girl seemed to have been either bought off or been engaging in some other highly dubious actions. The only thing we can be sure of is that Allen is a piece of turd of a man who makes movies that please our little bourgeoisie.

  10. Alessandra
    February 2nd, 2014 @ 3:28 pm

    The comment thread to the Daily Beast Woody Allen promotional piece is worth reading, btw

  11. Finrod Felagund
    February 2nd, 2014 @ 5:04 pm

    Heh. “Weird Al” Yankovic did a song called Genius In France that was a Frank Zappa style parody.

  12. K-Bob
    February 2nd, 2014 @ 6:53 pm

    (Might want to add Ace to the string of folks covering this.)

    Geez. Why do people on the right even have to discuss Allen?

    All I’ve ever had to add to the discussion is still as relevant today as it was when I read about his banging his “daughter” back when the news first broke in the eighties:

    Fuck Woody Allen.

  13. Bob Belvedere
    February 2nd, 2014 @ 7:06 pm

    FWA, indeed.

    However, K-Bob, one small quibble: there are no qualifiers. Being a Father does not mean that you have to be the biological father. Allen has a moral obligation that he discarded to sate his perverted lusts. Fuck Woody Allen.

  14. K-Bob
    February 2nd, 2014 @ 7:09 pm

    I forgot to put the word in quotes.


    You totally got it, though. I hope I never meet the walking piece of excrement.

  15. CPAguy
    February 3rd, 2014 @ 12:47 am

    They weren’t bought off. In fact, some were reprimanded for giving the appearance of Allen’s guilt.

    I don’t know the guy, nor do I care for his movies.

    However, seems like this is a bunch of malarkey.

    To believe otherwise, you have to believe that 1) the video of the allegations is on the up and up (it is not…full of stop and starts over several days), 2) you’d have to believe in one of dozens different stories that Dylan told, 3) you’d have to believe that the kids’ nannies were liars because they say the child never left their sight, 4) you’d have to disagree with the investigators conclusion that Dylan’s testimony was coaxed, 5) You’d have to ignore Farewell’s continued allegiance to an admitted rapist of a 13 year old, 6) You’d have to ignore the fact that one of the sons now believes that all the kids were brainwashed

  16. Alessandra
    February 3rd, 2014 @ 3:23 am

    Oh because you know who every pedophile and Hollywood actor has and hasn’t bought off in their lives! Now that’s funny.

    While one can mention a few good questions about the case such as you did, the only way to debate them all is by reading and analyzing all the info that was dug up during the investigation, plus subsequent claims. To all your points above, there are many more questions that you haven’t addressed.

    But the fact that you have such an allegiance to pedophiles and men who have highly incestuous relationships doesn’t add much to your credibility. At all.

    Allen’s rep has given a media statement that he will be replying to Dylan’s letter soon.

    She is challenging him to a court fight, I think. So it will be interesting to see how he will respond.

    Tell me: do you go around targeting your girlfriend’s daughters for sex?

    Mia has a disgusting history regarding the men she chose to relate with. And if she still stands with Polanski – what a piece of junk of a woman.

    I mean – to charge Allen and stand by Polanski? That is seriously twisted…

  17. CPAguy
    February 3rd, 2014 @ 5:06 am

    Like most things, it is impossible to know for certain without being there.

    However, the claims seem to be on shaky grounds.

    Obviously, Allen is a bit odd, and his behavior and sexual tastes lead one to believe the worst…but as far as facts are concerned…there are none that support that what is alleged actually took place.

  18. CPAguy
    February 3rd, 2014 @ 5:08 am

    Every public company has to comply with GAAP & SOX….that doesn’t eliminate profits.

    Besides, who wants to reduce the profits of one of America’s most exportable industries?

    Conservatives have the win the battle of wit with Liberals…not forcefully takeover the industries they migrate to.

  19. Dana
    February 3rd, 2014 @ 8:33 am

    There’s always going to be an element of he said/she said in these things, but when I consider the other evidence — that the esteemed Mr Allen had an affair with an adopted daughter, whom he later married — that Mr Allen likes women of a physical age that matches his mental one, I find Dylan Farrow’s story to be more probably true than Mr Allen’s.

  20. Alessandra
    February 3rd, 2014 @ 12:37 pm

    The fact that you call men who have an incestuous mindset and behavior merely “a bit odd” puts all your claims to defend Allen on shaky ground.
    If there were no facts to support the alleged abuse, there would have been no need for the experts to destroy all their notes. What did they contain, I wonder? Why the rush to destroy them? What kind of professionals destroy their interview and observation notes of a high profile child abuse case?

  21. Alessandra
    February 3rd, 2014 @ 4:16 pm

    commenter on here:

    I have refused to watch anything that woody allen had anything to do with ever since he divorced Mia so he could marry one of his step daughters. Now I suspect he married her to keep her mouth shut

    You know, I was just thinking about this possibility today! Hadn’t occurred to me before – but his choice of target is particularly suspicious under the circumstances. Being who he was, big Hollywood director, and having thousands of possibilities to target so many women,
    including very young ones for sex and/or relationships, he chose one who was under age and whom he could entirely manipulate and perhaps twist his way if necessary. It’s sinister, but possible. If so, he
    really deserves to be hanged – twice. and I wondered what questions he was asked on his lie detector test.

  22. AMartel
    February 3rd, 2014 @ 4:23 pm

    Genius Polanski admitted his guilt (then fled, the wuss). I’m cautious about jumping to conclusions on this one. Neither parent is particularly trustworthy.

  23. Dana
    February 4th, 2014 @ 11:29 am