Selena Gomez’s Mum Told Her Not To Work With Woody Allen But It “Fell On Deaf Ears”
16 January 2018, 15:37 | Updated: 17 January 2018, 12:10
Selena is under pressure from fans after her costars Timothée Chalamet and Rebeccas Hall chose to donate their fees from the film, 'A Rainy Day In New York', to the Time's Up movement.
People Magazine is now reporting, via an unnamed source, that Selena has already donated anonymously to the Time's Up movement in an amount far greater than her payment for her appearance in Woody Allen's A Rainy Day In New York.
Her mother Mandy has also defended her previous critical comments on the situation in a lengthy post on Facebook:
Selena Gomez’s mum defends comment in new statement: “I love my daughter... but, I will never not speak my mind if I feel something is off until I die.” pic.twitter.com/5I4sNG05Zs— Joshua Fox (@joshua_fox) January 16, 2018
Selena is now coming under pressure to donate her fee from the Woody Allen movie, now titled A Rainy Day In New York to charity after her costar, Timothée Chamalet, announced he would be splitting his payment between Time's Up, the LGBT center in New York and RAINN:
Rebecca Hall has also announced that her fee will now also be donated to the time Time's Up movement.
Furthermore, Selena's mother Mandy has now also taken to social media, claiming that she previously advised her against working with the filmmaker:
Selena Gomez’s mom literally advised her not to work with Woody Allen yet she still went ahead and did it... pic.twitter.com/eReIAp7P7P— ahmad xcx (@tofakeit) January 16, 2018
The fandom online appears split between those defending Selena's decision and those calling for her to make a similar donation to that of her costars. We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.
More details about the new Woody Allen film, currently shooting in New York, have now been revealed and they don't sound too promising...
According to Page Six, the plot of the still untitled film involves an older man, played by Jude Law, "who is sleeping with a much younger woman, among other actresses". In one particular scene, Law is confronted by his wife over the affair with a character played by Elle Fanning, who she claims is a "15-year-old concubine":
"In the scene, the so-called concubine acknowledges her relationship with Law’s much-older character, but then protests that she is 21 years old. After a discussion about his infidelity, Fanning’s character then asks Law, ‘Were all these women for pleasure, or were you researching a project?'”
Given Allen's alleged history, it seems very inappropriate territory for him to be writing about, even more so given the recent scandals involving Harvey Weinstein and various other Hollywood figures.
And while all the castmembers have been called out online for agreeing to work with Allen, Selena Gomez seems to taking the bulk of the criticism, much like when the film was first announced, with fans largely pointing to her previous comments about the treatment of women in the industry and her work on 13 Reasons Why:
Selena Gomez stans who defend her for working with woody allen are GROSS, same to Elle Fanning stans, Timothee, Jude Law...— bee (@sharoncarterr) October 24, 2017
so you mean to tell me that selena gomez made a show to spread awareness for sexual assault and is now working with woody allen pic.twitter.com/aHz1JRXuRi— ً (@ultIuffy) October 24, 2017
Hmm.....so Selena Gomez.......who executive produced 13 Reasons Why.......is working with Woody Allen.........huh— psycho pete (@babypeachfuzz) October 24, 2017
There has been no statement from Gomez or any of the other castmembers addressing the criticism. We'll update the story as more film information becomes available.
ORIGINAL POST 09/08/17
Selena Gomez has stirred some controversy among her fans on social media after she was cast in the next movie from director Woody Allen.
The Hollywood Reporter announced that the untitled project will also feature Elle Fanning and Timothée Chalamet and while plot and further details are currently unavailable, many have already criticised the actors' decision to work with Allen given his history of sexual assualt allegations.
The director's estranged daughter Dylan Farrow has repeatedly accused her father of a sexual abuse incident dating back to 1992 when she was seven years old. Allen was never prosecuted and has consistently claimed his innocence. The allegations resurfaced in 2014 after Farrow published an open letter in the New York Times, the details of which Allen later denied in a public response.
Subsequently, with the announcement of his new movie, a lot of criticism was levelled at the cast for choosing to work with a suspected abuser, with a great deal of the comments aimed at Gomez in particular, perhaps due to her previous advocacy and defence of sexual assault victims:
It's always nice when celebs out themselves by starring in a Woody Allen film @selenagomez— b girl (@CailinCrary) August 8, 2017
@selenagomez i love you girl, i really truly do but uh, let's NOT work with woody allen, let's just... not do that at all.— K. (@mootdiggs) August 8, 2017
so selena gomez made a huge deal on sexual assault & rape with 13rw only to join woody allen’s new movie & work with a known rapist?????— ya boy saud (@guccilowell) August 9, 2017
@selenagomez has disappointed me so much by working on this Woody Allen film— Lin Marie (@onlyme_linmarie) August 9, 2017
Everyone just needs to stop working with him
However, many fans also came to the performer's defence for the seeming inbalance in criticism levels:
If y'all are gonna drag Selena Gomez for working w/ woody Allen ya better drag your faves too you can't pick and choose man— jade (@jade_michelle) August 9, 2017
Selena doesn't get dragged because she works with Woody Allen.Selena gets dragged because she is Selena Gomez.— Midas God 14k (@selenakindnezz) August 9, 2017
Dylan Farrow's brother Ronan wrote an op-ed piece in The Hollywood Reporter in 2016 that pre-empted this wave of criticism, calling out the acting industy for refusing to ask further questions or call the director accountable.