"It’s good-bye to public life ... I’m done with it."
In recent months, Alec Baldwin has been having difficulties with his public life. A string of physical altercations with the paparazzi have been heightened in the public consciousness by a string of offensive comments on his part about gays (which led to his firing from MSNBC) and as a result, Alec now feels that he can no longer move forward as a public figure. In a very long, kind of meandering yet detailed treatise chronicled in the new issue of New York magazine, Baldwin explains to the world that he has decided to say goodbye to public life and retire into a private life outside of the public eye … or, at least, that’s what he is saying right now. It’s entirely possible that Alec will change his mind at some point in the future (maybe weeks from now, maybe months from now) and he will say, Just kidding, I want to stay famous but for now … he’s out. Click below to read excerpts from Baldwin‘s LOOOOOONG ass letter and bid adieu to the paparazzi ass-kicking hothead who seemingly loves to complain about as much as he apparently likes to write about his complaints in an overly dramatic way (like writing goodbye letters in major national magazines). More »
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"[N]othing he says or writes can change the truth."
Last night Woody Allen published an open letter response to the open letter that daughter Dylan Farrow published last weekend that described the sex abuse she suffered at the hands of her father 21 years ago. Just a short time ago, Farrow issued an open letter response to her father’s response letter. It’s clear that Dylan was prepared to respond to her father’s official statement and was ready to refute his refutations regarding her abuse allegations. Click below to read Dylan‘s response letter, which she issued to The Hollywood Reporter, in full. More »
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"Of course, I did not molest Dylan."
Just one day short of a week since Dylan Farrow published an open letter in the New York Times wherein she described in some detail the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her father Woody Allen, Allen has released an open letter of his own in response to the allegations also published in the NY Times. Earlier in the week, we heard from Woody Allen‘s lawyer and publicist who spoke out in his defense as well as his son Moses Farrow who also spoke out in his defense. At last, we hear from Allen himself … in his own words. Presented below is the full text of Woody Allen‘s open letter response to Dylan‘s letter. As you can read for yourselves, Allen takes great pains to defend himself from the allegations that he sexually abused his daughter and makes clear that this is the last time he will address this matter. Dylan had her say, now Woody has his. More »
"All I have is the truth and that is all I put out there"
It has been almost a week since Dylan Farrow released that open letter in the New York Times where she describes in some detail the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her father Woody Allen. There has been a lot of backlash in the wake of the release of that letter, most recently from Dylan‘s brother Moses Farrow who has spoken out in defense of their father. Dylan spoke with People magazine about her decision to come forward with her story and talks very candidly about her reasons for sharing so publicly and the negative feedback she’s endured as a result. Click below to read excerpts from Dylan‘s interview with People and get a better sense of why she decided to open up about publicly about her sexual abuse claims. More »
"something i must share…"
In the wake of the tragic death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who succumbed to his addiction demons when he was found dead in his apartment early Sunday morning, actor Shawn Pyfrom (Desperate Housewives) has bravely penned an open letter on his official website wherein he talks very candidly about his addiction struggles. As you can read below, Pyfrom honestly reveals his initial fear at sharing such a personal part of his life with the world but he has decided that sharing his story may help save the lives of other people who struggle with addictions of their own. Shawn‘s letter is a powerful read, I hope you will take the time to read it in full. More »
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She Said / He Tweeted
Over the weekend, Dylan Farrow published an open letter in The New York Times revealing in some detail the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her father Woody Allen. In the letter, as you may recall, Farrow mentions Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin and other actors who have worked with Allen in an attempt, I think, to inspire them to consider who they choose to associate with (ie. her abusive father) and maybe to get them to respond. Today we learn that both Cate and Alec have reacted publicly in the wake of Farrow‘s letter. While neither actor addresses Farrow directly, it’s clear that their comments have special importance because they come after Farrow name-checked them in her letter. Click below to read what they have to say. More »
'Woody Allen is a testament to the way our society fails the survivors of sexual assault...'
This morning I finally sat down and read two pieces that I’d been hearing about over the last couple of days. The first was an article titled The Woody Allen Allegations: Not So Fast. I have to admit, I stopped reading it at a certain point when I began to strongly disagree with the way the author positioned his argument. And it needs to be said that I went in with a very open mind; I went in like the big Woody Allen fan that I am. Or that I was. Anyway, I’m still working my way through Weide‘s essay in defense of Allen, but I did finish reading Dylan Farrow‘s open letter. Click inside for more.
"I just wanted to say thank you for the time you've given me"
Kiwi singer Lorde enjoyed a very successful night at the Grammy Awards on Sunday when she walked away with a couple of awards and she wants her fans in New Zealand that she appreciates all the love and support they have given her on her rise to the top of the music heap. Lorde took out a full page ad in the New Zealand Herald so that she could share a hand-written letter to the people of New Zealand … which I think speaks volumes about the young singer’s maturity and mindfulness. Click below to see Lorde‘s letter to the people of New Zealand and find out just how much she loves the people back home. More »
"If the hip hop community voted on hip hop ... we’d see winners that reflect the MUSIC ITSELF"
In light of some of the conversations we’ve been having here on the blog about the Grammy Awards and some of this year’s winners, I thought it would be worthwhile to post in full an open letter written by Grammy Award-winning musician India.Arie on her official website. As you can read below, India takes great umbrage with the way the Recording Academy says it celebrates all genres of music and the way that the actual award winners are chosen. I don’t want to color India‘s commentary on the Grammys by offering my personal opinion here (except to say that I agree with many of her points) so I’ll just post her open letter in full and YOU decide to form your own opinions on what she has to say. More »
The other day I was reminded of the fact that I am a huge Kevin Smith fan. There was a story going around about how he came to the defense of one of his own critics, after some of his fans took to Twitter and started tweeting ridiculous, misogynistic type ish at a woman who took a dig at one of his movies. Anyway, Kevin took to his blog to take down the trolls and you should definitely read his message in full when you get a chance, but one thing he wrote stuck out at me: “A woman-hater is just a woman-beater in waiting. If you wanna argue with words on my behalf (or EVER, for that matter), NEVER REDUCE/CURSE/HUMILIATE/HATE/DISMISS WOMEN IN THE PROCESS. I wouldn’t let you do it in front of me; I’m not gonna let you do it on my behalf in cyberspace.” So yeah, I love Kevin Smith. And Dogma changed my liiiife! Click inside to learn about his new project!