A whispering campaign has reportedly begun in Hollywood to urge audience members to stand and turn their backs to the stage when Allen’s Oscar category is announced.
The move would be a show of support for Dylan and a silent protest against child sexual abuse on behalf of victims who, like Dylan, are terrified into silence about what’s happened to them.
This year, the 78-year-old writer, director and actor has been nominated for Best Original Screenplay for his film “Blue Jasmine,” starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins and Bobby Cannavale. He also directed.
As in years past, Allen is unlikely to appear in person. He’s won five Oscars and been nominated 21 times, yet he’s attended the Oscars ceremony only once in 37 years.
This year may be different, however, because he is favored to win and may want to appear as a demonstration of his innocence.
Dylan’s haunting first-person account of her sexual abuse at the hands of Allen, was published Feb. 1 in The New York Times
In the days since then, Hollywood has been split over her allegations.
Even now, 21 years after the alleged abuse took place, when Dylan was 7, she says it is still hard to talk about what happened.
“It took all of my strength and all of my emotional fortitude to do what I did this week in the hope that it would put the truth out there,” Dylan now 28, told People magazine.
She pointedly rejected allegations that her mother Mia Farrow “brainwashed” her into believing she was abused, a claim made by Allen and his supporters.
“They refuse to believe that my sick, evil father would ever molest me, because we live in this society where victim blaming and inexcusable behavior – this taboo against shaming the famous at the expense of their victims – is accepted and excused,” she said.
Dylan also said she was surprised by the backlash against her. “I didn’t realize that it was going to be a betrayal of this magnitude,” she said.
Earlier this week, her brother Moses Farrow defended Allen, a “betrayal” she called “unfathomable” and “the lowest form of evil I could ever imagine.”
Dylan said the “torment was made worse by Hollywood,” because “all but a precious few (my heroes) turned a blind eye.”
“Each time I saw my abuser’s face – on a poster, on a t-shirt, on television – I could only hide my panic until I found a place to be alone and fall apart,” she wrote.
Allen is reportedly going to write a letter to the Times to tell his side of the story.
The 86th Academy Awards will be televised on ABC, Mar. 2.