Look who we went to visit in Oviedo last month…

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We love you, Woody!

Please, keep creating. We need your Art. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Antonia Tejeda Barros, Madrid, January 30, 2019

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Never forget and never forgive. We Remember

#WeRemember

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Two little Lithuanian Jewish boys: Emanuel Rosenthal (2 years old) and Avram Rosenthal (5 years old) in the Kovno ghetto. They were deported to Majdanek and gassed upon arrival. Kovno ghetto, 1944. USHMM

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Jewish mother hugging her little daughter while a German Einsatzgruppe shoots her in the head. Ivangorod’s massacre, Ukraine, 1941­–1943. Yad Vashem

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Judenstern, 1942–1945. USHMM

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The Gate of Death. Entrance to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Stanisław Mucha. Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum

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Gas pellets of Zyklon B. Loboda, 1968. Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum

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Hungarian Jewish men, women and children arriving at Auschwitz. Auschwitz-Birkenau, May-June, 1944. The Auschwitz Album. Yad Vashem

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Hungarian Jewish women and children awaiting selection. Auschwitz-Birkenau, May-June, 1944. The Auschwitz Album. Yad Vashem

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Hungarian Jewish women and children awaiting selection. Auschwitz-Birkenau, May-June, 1944. The Auschwitz Album. Yad Vashem

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Hungarian Jewish women and children walking towards the gas chamber. Auschwitz-Birkenau, May-June, 1944. The Auschwitz Album. Yad Vashem

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Hungarian Jewish women and children walking towards the gas chamber. Auschwitz-Birkenau, May-June, 1944. The Auschwitz Album. Yad Vashem

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Hungarian Jewish women and children awaiting to be gassed. Auschwitz-Birkenau, May-June, 1944. The Auschwitz Album. Yad Vashem

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An old Hungarian Jewish woman carrying a little baby and other three little children walking towards the gas chamber. Auschwitz-Birkenau, May-June, 1944. The Auschwitz Album. Yad Vashem

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Jewish Auschwitz prisoner. Number 6.874. Wilhelm Brasse. Yad Vashem

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Jewish Auschwitz prisoner. Number 7.537. Wilhelm Brasse. Yad Vashem

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Jewish Auschwitz prisoner. Number 7.544. Wilhelm Brasse. Yad Vashem

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Pole (non-Jewish Polish) Auschwitz prisoner Czesława Kwoka. Number 26.947. Wilhelm Brasse. Yad Vashem

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Gypsy (Roma) Auschwitz prisoner (Z=Zigeuner). Number 63.598. Wilhelm Brasse. Yad Vashem

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Glasses from the victims of Auschwitz. Auschwitz, January 1945. USHMM

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Hair from the victims of Auschwitz. Auschwitz, January 1945. USHMM

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Clothes from the victims of Auschwitz. Auschwitz, January 1945. Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum

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Shoes from the victims of Auschwitz. Auschwitz, January 1945. Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum

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Three children survivors: Romek Wajsman (prisioner number 117098), Janek Szlajtsztajn (prisioner number 116543), and Dawid Perlmutter (prisioner number 116730). Buchenwald. After the liberation. Fotoarchiv Buchenwald © Gedenkstätte Buchenwald und Mittelbau-Dora

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Children survivors. Auschwitz, January 1945. Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum

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Baby survivor tattooed. Auschwitz, January 1945. Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum

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Children survivors showing their tattoos. Auschwitz, January 1945. Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum

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Never forget and never forgive.

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Auschwitz. No hace mucho. No muy lejos

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Antonia Tejeda Barros, Madrid, January 27, 2019

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Justice or a spit on the victims? The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa. The perpetrators went free. The dead remained dead

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South Africa suffered Apartheid from 1948 until 1991. The Apartheid was an institutionalised racial segregation based on white supremacy. The Afrikaners, who were the minority, refused to grant the non-whites their basis human rights.

South Africa was colonised by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British (who took from the African native people almost all the goods of the land –let’s not forget the discovery of diamonds and gold in 1867 and 1884). Racism and discrimination against the native African people always existed. In 1948 Apartheid became official under the National Party (let’s notice that this was only three years after the end of WWII: after Auschwitz, after Treblinka, and after Majdanek, and after the death of all moral and religious values: “We live in the time of the ‘death of God’ (Richard Rubenstein, After Auschwitz); “Nach Auschwitz ein Gedicht zu schreiben, ist barbarisch” (Theodor Adorno, Kulturkritik und Gesellschaft, 1949).

With the Population Registration Act of 1950, the people of South Africa were classified by three races: white, native, and coloured. The whites (less than 20% of the population) enjoyed all the rights; the native (more than 68%) were the black African and were terribly oppressed; the coloured were the people whose parents were white and black (Indians and their children were later added –they were called Asians).

Non-whites could not vote, had restricted areas, were humiliated and denigrated, and lived under total discrimination in their own country.

Thanks to the outrageous Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act (1949) –the first Apartheid law– and the Immorality Amendment Act (1950), the races in South Africa remained completely separated. From 1960 to 1983, 3,5 million non-white South Africans were moved into segregated areas. Even if Apartheid was condemned by the UN, official segregation lasted for 46 years, until 1991. The National Party and the African National Congress (Mandela’s political party) negotiated ending the Apartheid from 1987.

What did the religious leaders say about Apartheid in its 46 years of existence? Well, until 1985, they said almost nothing. As the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Final Report argues, “some of the major Christian churches gave their blessing to the system of apartheid (…) The system of apartheid was regarded as stemming from the mission of the church” (Volume 4, Chapter 3)[1]. Other Christian churches said nothing. Muslim, Hindu and Jewish communities did not condemn the Apartheid until the 1980s.[2] In 1985, the Catholic Church finally condemned Apartheid[3]. It took it 35 years.

Under the Apartheid, thousands of crimes and a brutal repression against the non-whites took place in the hands of white officials and white population. For the National Party, it didn’t suffice that their laws against the non-whites were degrading and immoral. Unjustified prison sentences (Mandela’s 27 years in prison says it all), unjustified fines, torture, mutilation and murder were committed too by the whites. Mandela said in 1994 that “the jailings and death of apartheid constituted tragedy”[4].

What happened to all those white racists and murderers? Well, thanks to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa (1996), hardly nothing. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was a (Christian) Commission of restorative justice. Archbishop Desmond Tutu was the chairman. Under the pretext of no more confrontation, thousands of murderers walked free. In my opinion, the blame on “both” sides is atrocious. The official website of the TRC states: “The conflict during this period resulted in violence and human rights abuses from all sides”. Although there were some crimes perpetrated by the anti-apartheid militants (who, desperately, fought for their freedom and basic human rights), to equal the violence of both sides is a big insult to the nonwhites who suffered and died under the Apartheid. This inequality can be appreciated in the quantity of hearings and submissions of the Human Rights Violations. The African National Congress submissions sum a total of 522 pages; the National Party submissions sum a total of 60 pages[5].

There were three committees in the TRC: The Human Rights Violations Committee, the Reparation and Rehabilitation Committee, and the Amnesty Committee.

The TRC heard 7,112 confessions from perpetrators and 20,000 statements from victims. From the 7,112 applications for amnesty from perpetrators, 849 were granted and 5,392 were refused. But the majority of those who were declined amnesty were not prosecuted. Mandela thought that the TRC did a good job, but had some reservations. Many victims felt cheated as they saw the vast majority of the perpetrators and murderers walk free. The TRC focused of forgiveness, but: is it possible to forgive the murderer of your son, your daughter, your father, your mother, your husband or your wife? The case of Limpho Hani (who refused to forgive her husband’s murder) is one in a thousand.

So, we ought to ask ourselves: the TRC honored justice or spat on the victims? Reconciliation was the main purpose of the Commission. But, what about justice? What about the dignity of the victims? The vast majority of the Apartheid perpetrators walked free. And the dead remained dead.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Antonia Tejeda Barros, Madrid, April 2018

I wrote these thoughts as part of an assignment for completing the excellent online Future Learn course Religion and Conflict (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)

NOTES

[1] South Africa. Overcoming Apartheid. Building Democracy: Religious Faith and Anti-Apartheid Activism: http://overcomingapartheid.msu.edu/sidebar.php?id=65-258-6

[2] South Africa. Overcoming Apartheid. Building Democracy: Religious Faith and Anti-Apartheid Activism: http://overcomingapartheid.msu.edu/sidebar.php?id=65-258-6

[3] “Pope tells Word Court Apartheid is Unacceptable; Protests go on”, The New York Times, J. Dionne Jr., 1985: https://www.nytimes.com/1985/05/14/world/pope-tells-world-court-apartheid-is-unacceptable-protests-go-on.html

[4] “The South African Vote: The Overview; After 300 Years, Blacks Vote in South Africa”, The New York Times, Francis X. Clines, 1994: https://www.nytimes.com/1994/04/27/world/the-south-african-vote-the-overview-after-300-years-blacks-vote-in-south-africa.html

[5] Official Truth and Reconciliation Commission Website: http://www.justice.gov.za/trc/

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Woody Allen Mondays

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Woody Allen Quotes (Almost) Every Monday

 

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If you don’t like Woody Allen, go watch some cartoons

If you don’t like Woody Allen, go watch some cartoons, by Antonia Tejeda Barros

I think that Woody Allen is one of the best filmmakers of all times. His movies are cool, poetic, funny, nostalgic, philosophical, hilarious, sad, stunning, and breathtaking. Woody is the greatest artist. He doesn’t create for selling tickets or buying a new swimming pool. He creates for himself. He needs to create. Art is as important to him as air. And that probably is what makes his art so honest and genuine.

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Woody’s not only a great cinema director. He’s also a brilliant writer and a great clarinetist (even if he disagrees). At age 83 he continues creating (he’s writing an autobiography and will shoot his new film in 2019 in Spain). He’s directed more than 50 films, many of them masterpieces, all of them brilliant and great. Let’s not forget that he’s not only the director of his films, but also the writer (like his idol Bergman). Apart from the big screen, Woody has written lots of plays, short stories and articles. Woody’s prose is rich and imaginative, packed with jokes and philosophy. Getting Even (1971), Without Feathers (1975), Side Effects (1980), Mere Anarchy (2007) are all exquisite, brilliant and entertaining. Woody is an incredibly prolific writer. His brain is steaming with magnificent ideas and we are so lucky to receive his art.

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But the question is: do we deserve Woody’s sublime art? The witch-hunt against Woody continues and it’s really effervescent. The aggressive mob is back, happy to denigrate and lynch. Twitter is exploding with horrible hatred Tweets against Woody and every moron on this planet feels happy to put a like and retweet. I’ve always known that the herd is stupid and pathetic but I never imagined it would sink so low.

Hating Woody is today’s sport. The latest explosive news? Some ex-model said recently that she met Woody when she was almost 17. She grew up in New Jersey. 16 years old is the age of consent in the state of New Jersey, but not in the state of New York. In New York the age of consent is 17. Wow. That’s great fuel for the mob! The puritan American masses are really obsessed with sex. It’s OK to make wars, but if your girlfriend is about to turn 17 they cut your head off. That ex-model Babi Christina Engelhardt (who was nobody until a week ago and became somebody thanks to that recent garbage article) is not a writer nor a poet nor a singer nor a painter nor a filmmaker. She had two big highlights in her life: one was to be Woody’s lover; the other one was to work for Fellini. Let’s also not forget that she’s a psychic, so her story and all the details in it must be completely true.

The puritan herd screams with pleasure thanks to this new discovery. Babi was almost 17 when she and Woody met! She approached him (let’s not forget that) and initiated a relationship with Woody that lasted for 8 years.

All those lynchers out there forget that we are talking about the 70s. The decade of free love, rock and drugs. If we have to condemn Woody because he had a relationship in 1976 with an almost 17 year-old girl who admired him and possibly loved him, then we must also condemn David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Iggy Pop, Steven Tyler, Anthony Kiedis, Cher, Bill Wyman, Randy California, Little Richard, Elvis and many others.

The 60s and the 70s were a crazy time. This was a pre-AIDS time. Everybody fucked everybody and nobody fainted hearing about it. The 60s and 70s were a different era. To all those moral bores: You cannot judge the sex of the 60s and the 70s with today’s standards. That was the time of the groupies and the time where many girls of 13, 14, 15 and 16 years old were happy to have sex with famous men. Sable Starr lost her virginity at 12 with Randy California in 1969 and was 13 when she had an affair with Iggy Pop in 1970. Corel Shields was 13 when she was involved with Iggy Pop in 1972. Lori Maddox was 14 when she slept with David Bowie in 1974 and had a relationship with Jimmy Page: “It was worth every minute”, she said many years later. Steven Tyler dated Julia Holcomb when she just turned 16. Bill Wyman (the bass player of The Rolling Stones) was 47 when he began dating 13-year-old Many Smith. Anthony Kiedis (the singer of Red Hot Chili Peppers) had sex with a 14-year-old. And Cher (16 years Kiedis’ senior) had sex with Kiedis when he was 13 years old in 1975 (she was 29).

A bit before the 60s and the 70s, Little Richard became involved with 16-year-old Audrey Robinson (in 1956). Elvis met Priscilla Presley in 1959, when she was 14 years old. They married in 1967.

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(Priscilla and Elvis at their wedding in 1967)

So, are we going to burn the LPs and CDs of Elvis, Little Richard, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, and The Rolling Stones? Are we going to burn all the movies and TV series with Cher? The mob would scream: Yes! I say: Of course not! All these morons that are lynching Woody Allen have robbed us the pleasure and satisfaction of seeing Woody’s latest film which was scheduled to be released this year. This boycott against Woody’s art shows us how stupid the human species can get and how low it can fall. I personally will never forgive those morons (including the three monster Farrows) for denying me the opportunity of enjoying A Rainy Day in New York this year.

Woody was 41 when Babi Christina gave him her phone number (he never asked for it). She was almost 17. That’s a 25 year-gap difference. Oh, boy, such a sin! Such gaps in age must really mean some pathology, the herd argues. If the problem here is the age difference, then the mob is going to have problems with one third of the planet, since big gaps between people who fall in love every day are very common.

Picasso was 10 years older than his first wife Olga Khokhlova, 28 years older than his lover Marie-Thérèse Walter (they met when Marie-Thérèse was 17 and Picasso 45; their relationship lasted 8 years), 26 years older than his lover Dora Maar (their relationship lasted 7 years), 40 years older than his lover Françoise Gilot (their relationship lasted 10 years), and 46 years older than his second and last wife Jacqueline Roque (their marriage lasted 11 years until Picasso’s death).

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(Jacqueline and Picasso)

Let’s have a look for a moment at the love lives of other two geniuses that Woody –and the rest of the world– admire: Charlie Chaplin & Groucho Marx.

Charlie Chaplin’s first wife Mildred Harris was 16 when they met and 17 when they married. Chaplin was 12 years her senior. Chaplin’s second wife Lita Grey was 15 when she and Chaplin started their relationship (they had first met when she was 8 years old and worked together when she was 12 years old) and married in Mexico (Chaplin and Lita had a 19-year age difference). Chaplin’s third wife Paulette Goddard was 21 years younger than him. Chaplin and his fourth and last wife Oona O’Neill fell in love when she was 17 years old. She was 36 years younger than him. They remained together 34 years, until Chaplin’s death.

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(Paulette Goddard and Chaplin in The Great Dictator / Oona O’Neill and Chaplin)

Groucho Marx’s second wife Kay Marvis was 33 years his junior. And Groucho’s third and last wife Eden Hartford was 40 years his junior. Does this make him a monster? Of course not. Woody and the psychic ex-model had a 25 year gap difference. Apparently that’s a real horrible sin. Let’s cut his head off!

(Groucho, Kay Marvin and their daughter Melinda / Groucho and Eden Hartford)

Some could argue that the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s were different than now. And they would be right. They were very different indeed. So were the 1960s and the 1970s. But the truth is that love and relationships care very little about age difference between men and women, men and men, and women and women. Miles Davis was 41 years old when he married Betty Mabry, 19 years his junior. Josh Brolin’s second wife Kathryn Boyd is 20 years younger than him. Annette Bening and Warren Beatty have a 21-year age gap and have been married for ages. Sylvester Stallone’s third wife Jennifer Flavin is 22 years his junior. Harrison Ford’s third wife Calista Flockhart is 22 years his junior. Leonardo DiCaprio’s current girlfriend Camila Morrone is 23 years younger than him. Bruce Willis’ second wife Emma Heming is 23 years his junior. Steven Tyler’s fiancée Erin Brady was 25 years his junior. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have a 25-year gap. Alec Baldwin’s second wife Hilaria Thomas is 26 years younger than him. Rod Stewart and his third wife Penny Lancaster have a 26-year age gap. Steve Martin’s second wife Anne Stringfield is 27 years his junior. Rowan Atkinson’s girlfriend Louise Ford is 28 years younger than him. Madonna dated Jesus Luz who is 28 years younger than her. Frank Sinatra and his third wife Mia Farrow had a 29-year gap. Vincent Cassel and his wife Tina Kunakey have a 30-year age difference. Stephen Fry’s husband Elliott Spencer is 30 years younger than him. Jeff Goldblum’s third wife Emilie Livingston is 30 years his junior. Sharon Stone dated Martin Mica who was 30 years her junior. Ellen Barkin dated Sam Levinson who is 31 years younger than her. Susan Sarandon dated Jonathan Bricklin who is 31 years her junior. Sean Penn’s girlfriend Leila George is 31 years younger than him. Sarah Paulson’s girlfriend Holland Taylor is 32 years her junior. Richard Gere and his wife Alejandra Silva have a 34-year age difference. Clint Eastwood and Dina Ruiz-Eastwood had a 35-year age gap. Mel Gibson’s girlfriend Rosalind Ross is 35 years his junior. Al Pacino’s new girlfriend Meital Dohan is 39 years his junior. Mick Jagger’s (100th?) girlfriend Melanie Hamrick is 44 years younger than him (he also had an affair with Carla Bruni when she was 24 and he was 48 and dated Sophie Dahl when she was 23 and he was 57). Dick Van Dyke’s second wife Arlene Silver is 46 years his junior. There are 1,000 more examples, but I will go on.

So, apparently, love does not care about age.

Another point that seems to shock the herd is the ménages à trois that Woody, the psychic ex-model and Farrow allegedly had. The real question here is: Is there anybody in the 70s who didn’t have a ménage à trois? On the other hand, that’s completely private and shouldn’t be the concern of anyone apart from those involved. One could, of course, question the taste of the performers. I know that many women would dream of sleeping with Woody. But, for me at least, the solely thought of sleeping with Mia Farrow makes me puke. But everybody has their taste in sex and love, and it’s nobody’s concern to judge.

I’m sure Mia Farrow isn’t very comfortable with the fact that now everybody knows a part of her sex life that contradicts the persona that she built. But since she seems to be pathologically vengeful I’m pretty sure she also feels happy with the article, even if it damages her Mother Theresa of Calcuta image. I’m sure she feels some satisfaction as long as the article gets Woody down (even if she goes down with him).

“I’m not attacking Woody. This is not ‘bring down this man.’ I’m talking about my love story. This made me who I am. I have no regrets”, says Babi Christina in that article. Yeah. But the timing is perfect, Babi. Congratulations. Just before publishing your “memoirs”. The moron who wrote the article doesn’t miss the opportunity to attack Woody. You can really feel his hate for Woody over the whole crappy article. That’s not journalism. That’s sensationalism. No. Not even sensationalism. Just a piece of garbage. Throw the garbage in the garbage, please!

When a movement like Me Too mixes facts with fiction, compares innocent men and guilty men so easily, starts condemning men on social media and sending them to the guillotine for no reason and, more grave even, boycotting their art, that’s when we know this movement is dead. The Me Too drowned the moment it condemned Woody Allen and it has become the greatest supporter of this new witch-hunt.

I truly believe that the real motive of Woody’s unfair lynching is his love for Soon-Yi. Here, racism plays also a big part, believe it or not. Soon-Yi and Woody fell in love and there is nothing you nor I can do about it. Thanks to the courageous testimonies of Moses Farrow (May 23, 2018) and Soon-Yi (September 16, 2018) we can have an idea of the ambiance in Mia Farrow’s madhouse (Mia Farrow used to denigrate, humiliate and beat Moses and Soon-Yi). Woody and Mia Farrow were not dating any more when Woody and Soon-Yi fell in love. I don’t see Woody and Soon-Yi’s love like something weird, quite the contrary. I’m so happy for them that they found true love. Woody & Soon Yi are together for 27 years now and still are going strong. They have formed a beautiful family and don’t care about what we think about their love.

It’s amazing to see how many morons still write on Twitter, Facebook, Blogs and even in magazines and newspapers that Woody married his daughter, his stepdaughter or his adoptive daughter. Come on. Enough with this stupid lie. Soon-Yi is neither Woody’s daughter nor Woody’s stepdaughter. She is the adoptive daughter of André Previn and Mia Farrow. Woody and Mia Farrow had a peculiar relationship for 12 years (Woody didn’t sleep even once at Farrow’s house) and never married. So, Woody was never a father figure to Soon-Yi. When Woody and Soon-Yi fell in love, Mia Farrow and Woody had ended their relationship and were just friends. Farrow loved to collect children like stamps and adopted 10 children with different boyfriends and husbands. One of these 10 adopted children was Soon-Yi. Let’s not forget that Mia Farrow physically and mentally abused Soon-Yi.

The prefabricated story of the pathetic and phoney Dylan Farrow (who is both an insult and a joke to real sexual victims) does not make any sense. Millions of us (including the two teams of experts who investigated Dylan’s case back in 1992 in two states) believe that 7-year-old Dylan Farrow was coached by her adoptive angry and humiliated mother. Does the adult Dylan Farrow believe that she was actually molested by Woody? The truth is, I don’t care. If she believes that, she should get some therapy instead of tweeting garbage about Woody and insulting all the actors and people who love Woody’s work. I do feel pity for Dylan-the-child. But I really feel repugnance for Dylan-the-adult.

So, the mob wanted to hang Woody for so long because of his love for Soon-Yi but didn’t have any actual real reason to do it. Soon-Yi is not the daughter nor the stepdaughter of Woody and she was not underaged when their story began (she was 22 years old). The crocodile tears of Dylan Farrow did not quite work after all. That story was a fake one and it was already investigated and there is nothing, not a million tweets nor a million posts, that will change the truth about it. But now, boom! This psychic ex-model comes out of nowhere and claims that she slept with Woody when she was underaged (actually, she was just about turning 17). Now the mob can hang Woody! But, come on, we are talking about a sexual active girl who was about to turn 17 and who was the one that initiated the relationship. And we are talking about the 70s.

In the USA, 16 years old is the age of consent in the majority of the states. In 31 states the age of consent is 16. In 7 states the age of consent is 17. And in 12 states the age of consent is 18. The age of consent in New York is 17 and in New Jersey 16.

In Canada, the age of consent is 16 years old.

In Europe, the vast majority of countries set their ages of consent in the range of 14 to 16 years old.

The age of consent in Albania, Andorra, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Montenegro, Portugal, San Marino, and Serbia is 14 years old.

The age of consent in Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, Iceland, Monaco, Poland, Romania,  Slovakia, Slovenia, and Sweden is 15 years old.

The age of consent in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Finland, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, the Netherlands, Northern Cyprus, Norway, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the UK is 16 years old.

The age of consent in Cyprus, Ireland is 17 years old. And the age of consent in Turkey and Vatican City is 18 years old.

So, mob and herd: you’ve got nothing for hanging Woody Allen. Mia Farrow, Dylan Farrow, Ronan Farrow, bimbos and psychics, stupid witch-hunters: Step off the stage and get a life. Stop writing garbage about Woody and keep in mind that we’ll never forget that you were part of this disgraceful witch-hunt.

If you don’t like Woody Allen, go watch some cartoons. If you don’t want to watch Woody’s films, don’t watch them. Believe me: nobody cares. Woody’s films will continue being powerful, amazing, stunning and wonderful for ever and ever. Cheers.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Antonia Tejeda Barros, Madrid, December 26, 2018

More articles about Woody by Antonia Tejeda Barros 

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Happy 83rd birthday, Woody!

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Egon Schiele and Woody Allen: Two Geniuses Falsely Accused by the Puritan Herd

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Woody & Soon-Yi: A True Love Story

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Down with the mob! We love you, Woody

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The resented vengeful, the tedious obsessive, and the genius artist. #IBelieveWoody

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We Believe You, Woody! An Open Letter to Woody Allen

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Woody’s innocence is all written down

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Happy 83rd birthday, Woody!

Happy 83rd birthday, Woody!
With love, respect, and admiration. 
Thank you so much for your amazing art!

Many birthday wishes to you, dear Woody, from some of your fans from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Iran, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, UK, Uruguay, and USA.

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These are the wonderful people who participated in this amazing collage:

Maryam Amiribehzadi. Accountant, mountaineer, ping pong player, Woody Allen movies lover. Tehran, Iran.

Octavio Barros Vicuña. Uncle and great-uncle, smoker, bird and butterfly lover, stamp collector. Santiago de Chile, Chile.

Flavia Bellu. Writer, cinephile, singer, baker, native New Yorker. Berkeley, CA, USA.

Khashayar Boroomand. Philosophy PhD, Woody’s fan, fond of music, cinema, and chess. Tehran, Iran.

Souha Boughanmi. Woman, passionate for love, grateful to Woody Allen. Tunis, Tunisia.

Dennis Brian. Screenwriter, completist, friend, Philosophy graduate. Green Valley, AZ, USA.

Javier Camacho Cruz. Fine Arts teacher in Tokio, Japanese translator and modern Japanese literature lover. Jaén, Spain.

Tindaro Capuano. Father of Ludovico, clarinet player as our friend Woody, swimmer (or at least I like to swim). Palermo, Italy.

Patricia Casal Rodríguez. Passionate, curious, Foodle and nature lover. Vigo, Spain.

Beto Caserio. Oboe player, uncle of three, music teacher, cinephile. São Paulo, Brazil.

David Cerdá. Philosopher and writer who has seen all of Woody’s films. Seville, Spain.

Robert Chastain. Poet, artist, photographer, novelist. Longmont, CO, USA.

Vasilis Chatzigeorgiou. Student, theater-goer, cinephile, book-lover, dreamer. Thessaloniki, Greece.

Mireille Clees. “Mom” of two dogs, cinema, book, Woody and nature lover. Theux, Belgium.

Victoria Corral Blázquez. Woman, mother, wife, consultant, passionate about the future. Madrid, Spain.

Nadia Edwards. Emigrée, divorcée, Woody Allen passionée. Miami, FL, USA.

Sophie Girardin. English teacher, 45, I watch Woody’s movies again and again. Saint Étienne, France.

Nina Gleize. Writer. Montréal, Canada.

Anna Grau. Writer, reader, journalist, I interviewed Woody once! Madrid, Spain.

Tussah Heera. Pianist, composer, writer, dreamer, and philosopher queen. Las Vegas, NV, USA.

Marc Heller. Married, father, bi-polar, witty, under-achiever. London, UK.

Sébastien Jacques. IT engineer and Woody Allen fan since the 80s. Paris, France.

Michael Joseph. Poet, Robert Graves scholar, failed clarinetist, New Yorker, resist/persist! New York City, USA.

Andrey V. Kalashnikov. Huge Woody Allen fan over a period of 25 years. Moscow, Russia.

Danae Kardara. Philologist, writer, dreamer, romantic, and sarcastic. Karditsa, Greece.

Hesham Khaled. Software developer, Woody movies addict, jazz junkie. Alexandria, Egypt.

Polina Kiou. Fashion, movies and animal lover. Athens, Greece.

Tempe Laver. Curious, stubborn, shy, middle aged. Brisbane, Australia.

Scott Linker. Musician, father of Sabrina and two Yorkies. Las Vegas, NV, USA.

Andrea Lukomski. Mom of two girls, teacher, dreamer, Woody Allen admirer, nature and animal lover. Vukovar, Croatia.

Tom MacCammon. Musician, writer, supporter of Woody. Toronto, Canada.

Hannes Minkema. Teacher, learner, father, son, musician, audience. Amsterdam,  The Netherlands.

Hesam Mohamadi. Engineer, philosopher, dreamer, writer, sleeper. Tehran, Iran.

Mariana E. Montes. Psychiatrist and artist. There is more truth in poetry than in history. Montevideo, Uruguay.

Pavlina Nelson. Mom, wife, cinephile, bookworm, nature lover. Prague, Czech Republic.

Monica Nicolau. Book-movie-music-junkie, mathematician. San Francisco, USA.

Kostas Papazafeiropoulos. Musician, composer, art lover, father of two. Athens, Greece.

Adrian Pasarica. Software engineer by profession, Woody’s fan by nature. Timisoara, Romania.

Mar Pastor González. Book-eater, The Beatles, jazz and dog lover, Woody’s fan. I love the films of the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. Madrid, Spain.

Olga Radulovic. Animal, music, and nature lover, vegan and cinephile. Woody’s fan. Vukovar, Croatia.

Hana Radulovic. Artist, caring, animal lover, sensitive and modest. Woody’s fan. Vukovar, Croatia.

Odalys Rey. Cuban, family, love, peace, happiness. Havana, Cuba..

Jacquelyn Roberts. Artist who serves Art. Tehachapi, CA, USA.
 
Stéphan Sante. Musician, piano teacher, cinephile, Woody’s fan. Verviers, Belgium.

Billie Shankar. Woody Allen fan. Brussels, France.

Carol Space. I love Café Society, Blue Jasmine, Midnight in Paris and Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona. Brewster, MA, USA.

Ruth Streett. Mother and grandmother living in Jerusalem. Jerusalem, Israel.

Eyal Streett. Father, musician, curious, cook, creative. Jerusalem. Israel.

Yael Streett Tejeda. Musician, ballet and hip hop dancer, tae kwon do brown belt, painter, trilingual. Madrid, Spain.

Itay Streett Tejeda. Writer, book-eater, chocolate lover, hip hop dancer, basketball player. Madrid, Spain.

​Dalit Streett Tejeda. Ballerina, violinist, recorder player, swimmer, ice cream lover. Madrid, Spain.

Michael Taft. Book and music lover. Loves anything to do with Woody Allen. Christchurch, New Zealand.

Ulrich Tangl. Basketball player, basketball coach, basketball organizer, ex-sports editor, single. Kirchheim unter Teck, Germany.

Antonia Tejeda Barros. Mother of Yael, Itay and Dalit, musician, Philosophy MA, teacher, cinephile. Madrid, Spain.

Moiz Terem. Woody’s fan, book, film, and jazz lover, father of two. Tel Aviv, Israel.

Marise Thomspson. Music, movies, history, animals, and Woody Allen lover. I love to laugh. Ohoka, New Zealand.

María del Pilar Trujillo. Life lover, meat lover, wine lover, salsa music lover, Woody Allen art lover. Bogotá, Colombia.

Elisabeth T. Walker. Inspirational artist-writer-performer-activist-mystic. New Haven, CT, USA.

Gizem Yenikler. Writer, art, theatre and music lover, cinephile, traveller. Izmir, Turkey.

Kiana Zanetti. Musician, poet, cinephile, Woody’s fan. Montréal, Canada.

Yulia Zharkaya. Founder of vk and Woody Allen fan. Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Evelyne de Zilah. Student, cinephile, book-eater, discreet, thankful for Woody Allen’s Art. Creuë, France.

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Egon Schiele and Woody Allen: Two Geniuses Falsely Accused by the Puritan Herd

Egon Schiele and Woody Allen: Two Geniuses Falsely Accused by the Puritan Herd, by Antonia Tejeda Barros

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I’ve always loved Egon Schiele’s work. It’s provocative, poetic and brilliant. Among Schiele’s 300 canvases and more than 2,000 watercolours and drawings, my favourites are not his erotic works or self-portraits, but his poetic trees and houses and his melancholic sunflowers. I fell in love with Woody Allen’s films at first sight, literally. Woody is one of the greatest filmmakers of all times. Among the many films by Woody (over 50, all of them brilliant), my favourite ones are not his wonderful comedies, but his stunning dramas, so Bergmanesque and Dostoevskian.

Egon Schiele died very young, at age 28, in October 1918. He got the Spanish flu, a lethal virus that killed 20 million people in Europe and more than 50 million people around the world after WWI. Schiele’s wife Edith died three days before him. She was six months pregnant. Woody Allen’s parents (Nettie and Martin Konigsberg) died at a very advanced age. Nettie reached 95 years old and Martin 100. Woody will be 83 next month (he was born on December 1, 1935). He’s still creating. Always creating. I only wish that he lives until 120 and continues delivering us his art through his writing, his music and his films until his very last day. At his famous 2002 Oscar speech (the best speech ever in the history of the stupid Oscars) he said: “I’m 66 years old now. A third of my life is over”. Brilliant. I wish he lives until 201.

Both Schiele and Woody were falsely accused by the puritan herd. Schiele’s drawings of half naked girls shocked the catholic Austrians in the same way that Freud’s genius ideas about the id and libido shocked the puritan Viennese society in 1899 when he published his revolutionary Die Traumdeutung (The Interpretation of Dreams). Schiele never abused anybody and described the work of that period as “erotische Kunst” (erotic art) and that was what it was: just art. The stupid herd that falsely accused Woody Allen recently thanks to a lynching campaign made by an obsessive brainwashed phoney, her monster mommy and her aggressive brother tend to see a hidden perversion in Woody’s films too. They argue that Woody must be an abuser since in Manhattan (that wonderful masterpiece) Mariel Hemingway plays Isaac’s girlfriend and she is only 17. Oh, boy, the social media mob can really be ridiculous.

The difference with Schiele and Woody is that Woody was never even tried, since in 1993 (following the outrageous prefabricated story of Mia & Dylan Farrow) he was investigated by two separate teams in two different states –New York and Connecticut– (the New York State Child Welfare and the Yale-New Haven Hospital) and was found completely innocent. That’s right: completely innocent! The New York team investigators stated that “No credible evidence was found that the child named in this report has been abused or maltreated”, and the Yale-New Haven Hospital’s doctors stated: “It is our expert opinion that Dylan was not sexually abused by Mr. Allen”.

So, why is the herd still accusing Woody? The answer is simple: the herd feels uneasy about Woody’s love for Soon-Yi Previn (his wife and companion for more than a quarter of a century now). All the stupid people that condemned Woody mention in their stupid comments his relationship with Soon-Yi. That’s what triggers them. Not the Farrows’ invention.

Differently, Schiele was actually imprisoned for 21 days and then tried under suspicion of having kidnapped and abused a minor. Since nobody could find any proof besides a work of art (a drawing of the alleged abused girl), and the girl was examined and no sign of abuse was found (funny, exactly as happened to that phoney Dylan Farrow 26 years ago), he was not charged. But he had to remain three more days in jail as a punishment for drawing such obscenities. The shameful work of art was burnt and never arrived to us.

The disgraceful campaign against Woody (supported by the Me Too sinking movement –that movement that equals any accusation to guilt even if there is no real proof and all the facts deny the accusation) has brought us another witch-hunt. And Twitter has been the perfect tool to hang innocent men. Well, thousands of morons will be very busy deleting their tweets next year.

Schiele’s drawing was destroyed right after his trial. Nobody burnt any film of Woody (yet), but millions of Woody’s fans are still waiting to see his new film (which was already wrapped a long time ago). No date of release has been officially announced yet. The shamefully coward and opportunist Amazon didn’t comment anything on the film and nobody knows when will it be released (although there are rumours that it will be –quietly– release in a month, in December). Well, to make Woody’s art suffer because of the lynch mob hysteria is the climax of human stupidity.

Nobody remembers today the puritans who condemned Egon Schiele more than a hundred years ago, because Schiele’s art is still shining and will continue shining for centuries and millenia. In the same way, in a few years all those phoney accusers, the mediocre and the social media mob, a bunch of (mostly second-rate) opportunist actors who rushed to accuse Woody will all be forgotten. Woody’s films will continue shining for centuries and millenia and will bring pleasure, poetry, and happiness to millions of people around the world until the end of times.

 

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Antonia Tejeda Barros, Madrid, November 8, 2018

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