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While Hachette Staff Walk Out, Here Are The Celebs Defending Woody Allen

Woody Allen is accused of molesting his daughter when she was seven.

Back in 1992 Woody Allen was accused by his daughter, Dylan Farrow, of molesting her. Despite the fact that she was only seven when she spoke up, she has never backed down from her allegations or changed her story. In 2014, she published an open letter detailing how the abuse had affected her life, and in 2017 she refreshed the allegations in an op-ed. Both had a massive impact. Yet even after Dylan Farrow published her original letter, people continued to defend Woody Allen.

As a number of employees from the publisher who accepted Woody Allen’s memoirs – Hatchette – protest outside their employers building today, here is a list of just some of the celebrities who have outright defended Woody Allen in the years after Dylan Farrow’s letter was published.

Scarlett Johansson – Worked with him on Match Point (2005), Scoop (2006) and Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008). In 2019, she said that “I love Woody. I believe him, and I would work with him anytime.”

Selena Gomez – Worked with him on A Rainy Day in New York (2019). Went ahead with the project despite her mum telling her not to. Her co-star, Timothée Chalamet promised that all the money he made from the film would be donated to charity.

Blake Lively – Worked with him on Café Society (2016). Said he was “very empowering.”

Kate Winslet – Worked with him on Wonder Wheel (2017). Said that “Woody Allen is an incredible director. So is Roman Polanski. I had an extraordinary working experience with both of those men.”

Miley Cyrus – Worked with him on Crisis in Six Scenes (2016). Said that “From the way I saw him with his family, I never saw him be anything but an incredible person and a really great dad.”

Justin Timberlake – Worked with him on Wonder Wheel (2017). Said that “I chose to not get into it – I really don’t dive into any of that stuff with anybody.”

Kristen Stewart – Worked with him on Café Society (2016). Said that “If we were persecuted for the amount of shit that’s been said about us that’s not true, our lives would be over.” 

Alec Baldwin – Worked with him on To Rome with Love (2012). In 2018, he said that working with Woody Allen was “one of the privileges of my career.”

Jeff Goldblum – Worked with him on Annie Hall (1977). In 2019, he said that “Even though I feel like this cultural shift [the #MeToo movement] is very, very positive and long overdue and I support it wholeheartedly and take it very seriously, I also admire his body of work. So I would consider working with him again, until I learned something more.

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The US Military's Robot That Eats People Is What Keeps Me Up At Night

Cant sleep, robot will eat me.

You know how there are certain stories that keep you up in the middle of the night? Maybe it was a ghost story someone told you when you were ten, or maybe it’s a movie scene that scared the daylights out of you as a kid. Want to know what keeps me up in the early hours of the morning? The fact that the American Military once created a robot that can eat people.

Sadly, you read that correctly. Technically, they created a robot that can consume “organisms” for fuel so that it didn’t have to run on a battery or carry a fuel tank around, but I think we all know what “organisms” means.

In 2009, the poor company making these robots for the military thought that this was a spectacular idea, and in theory it is. A robot that can consume something from the environment around it to keep moving is going to be able to go further and last longer than a robot that can run out of battery life or fuel.

Because humans are constantly on edge about multiple sorts of ways the world could end (nuclear war, zombies, climate change), we immediately heard that robots could eat people now and assumed it was the beginning of the robot apocalypse.  

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In one of the most bizarre statements that the US military has probably ever had to make, they came out and assured us all that the organism eating robot was a vegetarian and definitely wouldn’t eat people. It would be feasting on plants only, and not the corpses of people who had died in war zones. 

“We completely understand the public’s concern about futuristic robots feeding on the human population, but that is not our mission,” said Harry Schoell, the chief executive of one of the companies that helped make the robots.

Look, as much as I wish I was assured that the robots aren’t coming to eat me in my sleep so they can use me as fuel, I’m really not. It’s been eleven years since they were first announced, but I’m still haunted by these damn machines.

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Today I Learned That Sable From Animal Crossing Has A Super Grim Backstory

Someone please give Sable a hug.

I spent more hours than I’ll ever admit to playing Animal Crossing. We all had our favourite villagers – Goldie and Wolfgang were mine – and some that we didn’t really gel with. I never really bothered talking to Sable that much, preferring to chat to her sister Mabel whenever I went to the tailor shop instead. I’m slightly regretting that now, because I’ve learned Sable’s backstory and I want to give that animated hedgehog a hug.

Source: Nintendo

If you tried to talk to Sable while playing any version of Animal Crossing, she’d politely ask to be left alone to do her work, and so I did. Turns out if you befriended her enough she’ll start to open up about her life from before the shop.

Sable is the older of the sisters, and she was left to look after Mabel when their parents died. It’s not certain how their parents died, but we know that Sable herself was only young. The reason she’s so introverted has a lot to do with all of the responsibility she was unexpectedly landed with at a young age.

I’m not crying, you’re crying.

If you play Animal Crossing: City Folk, you can get even more info. Sable will tell you that Labelle – the fashionable hedgehog who works in the big city – is their middle sister, Label. After their parents’ death, Label changed her name and  left her sisters behind to become a fashion designer in the city.

Labelle starts sending Mabel letters as the game goes on, and by the end, Mabel will tell you that she hopes Sable and Label will start talking again. 

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, it seems that her wish has been granted as Label moves home to work in the tailor shop to work with Sable and Mabel. If you thought that was the happy ending though, you’d be wrong. Sable in Happy Home Designer Sable tells you how scared she is that Mabel will move away like Label did.

So that’s cheery. Now if you don’t mind, I’ll be sobbing until Animal Crossing: New Horizons comes out.

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