• Britain Today,  Celebrities,  Law

    Go to Jail (Not)

    Dilemma 6 years in Ecuador embassy to avoid arrest 6 months in Wandsworth Prison for skipping bail Which would you choose? Wandsworth Prison – institutional food, dodgy fellow prisoners, mail bags to sew, no view 6 years in Ecuador embassy – unlimited internet, balcony, chance to influence American elections, visits from that Bay Watch chick and George Galloway…. Wandsworth here we come. As it happens, no. Handing down her judgment at Westminster magistrates court, the senior district judge Emma Arbuthnot said she was not persuaded by the argument from Assange’s legal team that it was not in the public interest to pursue him for skipping bail… Summers said that the…

  • Celebrities

    I can’t find Woody Allen funny anymore

    About a year ago, I raised the question: Can we admire talented abusers? I mentioned, among others, Woody Allen, who had been accused of molesting his adoptive daughter Dylan when she was seven years old. The controversy about Allen was recently reignited when he received the Golden Globe lifetime achievement award. Now New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has published on his blog an open letter from Dylan restating the accusations in some detail. It’s possible, as some claim, that Dylan, now 28, has been manipulated or brainwashed by her mother Mia Farrow into doing this. But commenters who have experienced sexual abuse as children say her account has the…

  • Celebrities

    Can we admire talented abusers?

    Somewhat related to the question of how we should relate to the works of an offensively homophobic author is the question– raised by Aly Neel— of how we should feel about celebrities who engage in, apologize for or approve of domestic violence (Chris Brown, Rihanna, Sean Penn, Charlie Sheen, Eminem, Sean Connery), alleged child molestation (Woody Allen) or rape (Roman Polanski). Can we, or should we, separate their disgusting personal behavior from appreciation of their talent? I hadn’t seen this clip from an interview with Connery (doing his best impersonation of Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi), but I think I’ll have a hard time enjoying any of his performances from now on.…