Scarlett Johansson called out James Franco at the 2018 Women’s March in what amounts to the height of hypocrisy. She’s been silent on alleged child abuser Woody Allen, yet had the audacity to demand of Franco, “I want my pin back.”
She was referring to the “Time’s Up” pin that many celebrities wore at the Golden Globes Awards to show solidarity with the #MeToo movement against sex assault and harassment.
Franco was criticized for wearing his, because he’s been accused of taking sexual advantage of students at his now defunct acting school.
Johansson certainly had plenty of reason to call him out at the march, but she gives Time’s Up a bad name for situational ethics and exploiting an issue for publicity.
Johansson has had no qualms about working with Allen on several films, such as 2005’s “Match Point,” which put her on the map.
She also appeared in Allen’s 2006 film “Scoop” and 2008 film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”
Johannson was the only actress who took particular umbrage with Dylan Farrow for calling her out in an explosive New York Times column detailing her allegations against Allen who was her step-father.
The allegations, well-known in Hollywood, were first raised in 1993 during a bitter split between Allen and his long-time partner Mia Farrow.
He has consistently denied the allegations. The case was investigated but no charges were brought.
In an interview around the time of Dylan Farrow’s New York Times piece, Johansson issued a stinging rebuke off Allen’s step-daughter for calling her out in the article.
“What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson?” Farrow wrote.
Johansson seemed oblivious to Farrow’s deep hurt and sense of betrayal. Instead, her concern was for the actors whom Farrow dragged into the scandal.
“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,” she said in the interview with the UK’s Guardian newspaper.
That just feels irresponsible to me,” she said.
She called the allegations against Allen “guesswork” and said she would “sew his pants for him” if he asked.
But the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements are all about are all about standing up and holding people accountable for their actions.
In calling out Franco, Johansson had no problem having her name associated with a situation she had nothing to do with.
“My mind baffles—how could a person publicly stand by an organization that helps to provide support for victims of sexual assault while privately preying on people who have no power,” the star said in a speech at the march.
Franco reportedly forced some to perform topless or nude and becoming angry when they refused. Five women made the charges in a stunning expose.
It’s not the first time he’s been accused of sexual impropriety. In 2014, IM reported that he tried to solicit sex from a 17-year-old tourist.
Franco admitted he made sexual advances on an 17-year-old tourist in New York City three years ago.
He said it was just bad judgement.
Farrow, long ignored by Hollywood, said in an interview last week that she is finally seeing the cultural shift she hoped would happen when she went public with her allegations nearly three years ago.
And stars are finally taking action. British actor Colin Firth vowed never to work with Allen again. Others have spoken out as well.
Johansson belongs in a special class of hypocrites that includes Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart and Miley Cyrus, all of whom have all appeared in Allen’s films.
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