Is a sense of fairness wired into us humans?
Possible evidence of that is the negative reaction among many of us to Dylan Farrow's letter in The New York Times alleging sexual misconduct by her father Woody Allen. Some of us remember the custody battle Allen faced in 1993, the hits to his celebrity branding and the headlines in the media. Then, when we read Dylan's manifesto so many many many years later, we rolled our eyes, thinking: Why are these people back? We also tend to remember that matriarch Mia Farrow was the older woman who was dumped.
Public Editor at the NYT Margaret Sullivan presents the questions from readers and her own questions about this whole enchilada. Here you can read it. Nicholas Kristof chose this as a story to present. Journalists make judgment calls all the time. He asked Allen for comment. That seemed fair.
But it doesn't feel fair to so many of us Everyman and Everywoman out here. Will we respond with a pushback against Farrow Inc. Will we not tune into son Ronan's television shows and not follow his Tweets. Will the next feature about the Matriarch be ignored. Will we not support her Good Deeds.
Farrow Inc. might not understand how the court of public opinion really operates. Shakespeare did. He hammered in his history plays that the crowd is a fickle bunch. We could viciously turn on Farrow Inc.