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Tinseltown can’t hide the broken lives of Hoffman, Farrow

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“I know it’s [a case of] ‘he said,’ ‘she said,’” Dylan says now. “But to me, it’s black and white, because I was there.” There’s the rub. She was there, and we weren’t. Post-traumatic syndrome is not an exact diagnosis.

The child has now grown up, and no one wants to dispute a child’s suffering, but her account extends blame with an indictment of those who work with her father: “What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett?” she asks of the actress nominated for an Oscar in Mr. Allen’s latest movie.

The Academy begins voting next week, and her question may prejudice some voters considering the nomination of Miss Blanchett. Isn’t that unfair collateral damage? If Academy Awards were awarded only to the morally upright who work with the virtuous, there would be no Oscars.

The messages dispatched by Hollywood are crucial in the culture because so many people listen. Hollywood could work on messages about drug abuse and child abuse, on behalf of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Dylan Farrow. But Hollywood, after all, is the tinsel factory. Abuse is not glamorous, but tinsel made useful might save lives.

Suzanne Fields is a columnist for The Washington Times and is nationally syndicated.

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