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Woody Allen's Memoir Called 'Disgusting,' Compared to 'Mein Kampf'

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Woody Allen (ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 24 March 2020 12:35 PM

Woody Allen's memoir was released Monday and has already been slammed by critics who say the book is "tone-deaf" and "disgusting."

Writing for the New York Post, Maureen Callahan said the memoir is Allen's "attempt to salvage his legacy," but he has failed to do so.

"This aptly self-described 'Roach in Winter' has produced one of the most tone-deaf, disgusting, bitter, self-pitying, horrifically un-put-downable memoirs since [Adolf Hitler's] 'Mein Kampf,'" she wrote.

Allen's memoir, "Apropos of Nothing," was dropped by its original publisher after receiving widespread criticism but was later picked up by Arcade Publishing.

"The book is a candid and comprehensive personal account by Woody Allen of his life," Arcade announced, "ranging from his childhood in Brooklyn through his acclaimed career in film, theater, television, print and standup comedy, as well as exploring his relationships with family and friends."

In her review, Callahan notes that his relationships with family and friends were indeed explored.

"He all but accuses ex Mia Farrow of having an incestuous relationship with their son Ronan," she wrote. "He takes note of Mia’s 'unnatural closeness with her son Fletcher,' but never thinks to alert anyone, let alone call child services. Does he later hear stories of Mia violently abusing her children? Yes, and it's a real shame. Can you believe Mia had Ronan undergo painful surgery, which included breaking his legs, just to give him a little more height, 'while I'm the one the judge sticks with a monitor?'"

Callahan added that "both Farrow and Allen are problematic people and probably terrible parents" but it is Allen "who moves through life with the detachment of a psychopath."

The review also makes mention of Allen's "convenient and pleasant" marriage with Farrow, the accusations that he had sexually abused Farrow's daughter Dylan, and his controversial marriage to Farrow's adopted daughter Soon-Yi.

Allen said he and Farrow were headed to splitsville when he began having the affair with Soon-Yi in 1991. Farrow found out about the relationship when she discovered erotic photographs of her daughter stashed in Allen's apartment, according to Page Six.

"Of course I understand her shock, her dismay, her rage, everything," he wrote. "It was the correct reaction."

Allen expressed understanding but at no point did he express any guilt for his actions.

"Sometimes, when the going got rough and I was maligned everywhere, I was asked if I had known the outcome, do I ever wish I never took up with Soon-Yi? I always answered I'd do it again in a heartbeat," he said.

Dylan has long alleged that Allen sexually abused her, a claim he denies. Callahan pointed out that in the book, Allen "concedes that yes, just once, he 'might' have put his head on the 7-year-old Dylan's lap, 'for a moment.'"

Callahan noted that Allen "has had his say," and "so has Hollywood, streaming services, the publishing industry, multiple actors who refuse to work with him, and the public at large."

"We will never know what really happened with Dylan Farrow, but it's safe to say that a middle-aged man who groomed his girlfriend's teenage daughter and now boasts of 'liberating' her like Nazi-occupied France is too creepy for polite society."

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Woody Allen's memoir was released Monday and has already been slammed by critics who say the book is "tone-deaf" and "disgusting."
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Tuesday, 24 March 2020 12:35 PM
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