Dear Timothée Chamalet, Why'd You Lie About Your Obligations To Woody Allen?

Dear Timothée Chamalet, Why'd You Lie About Your Obligations To Woody Allen?

Were you only interested in appeasing your fans?
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As the “Time’s Up” movement grew in popularity, many actors were seen voicing their support. Timothée Chamalet was among them, and his fan base fell even more in love with him when he spoke out about how he was happy the movement was gaining traction. Chamalet then began to gain a good reputation for using his celebrity status to talk about the prevalence of college campus sexual assaults, but public opinion of him quickly changed when it was revealed that he had been continuously avoiding the question of why he made a film with Woody Allen, a known rapist.

It is a running theme for men in Hollywood to say they are supportive of women’s rights because they think it is something “trendy” to talk about that will help them gain popularity. Chamalet seemed to be using this same tactic and his fans continued telling him he was a hypocrite for working with Woody Allen and that they expected more from him. Eventually, he broke his silence and said that he had not answered anybody’s questions on his decision to work with Allen because his contract prevented him from doing so. However, he had decided to donate his salary from the film to TIME’S UP, The LGBT Center in New York, and RAINN.

Chamalet’s fans praised him for trying to correct his mistake by choosing to not profit from the film. It meant that he was actually genuine when talking about how it is important to discuss how sexual assault it more common than some people think. I was relieved when I saw his post explaining why he had been unable to share his thoughts on Woody Allen because I considered myself a fan of his as well. I rarely see celebrities that actually want to make an effort to stand for women’s rights, so I saw it as a welcomed change that Chamalet wanted to give money to organizations that fight back against people like Allen. For a short period of time, it seemed like his association with Allen was water under the bridge, until it was revealed that his reason for making no comment on Allen’s crimes were fake.

The Huffington Post got access to Chamalet’s contract from a source and explained that “Chalamet is under no contractual obligation to remain silent about his thoughts with respect to Allen, nor does it prevent him from offering support to Dylan Farrow.” Unfortunately, it seems like he is just like most celebrities that claim to be advocates for women’s rights. They only say they do in order to appease their fanbase, when in reality they do not care. Chamalet’s representatives contacted the Huffington Post and told them that there was a clause in the standard SAG agreement that was a part of his contract that would not allow him to comment on the accusations against Allen. However, the Huffington Post hired two attorneys to review the clause in Chamalet’s contract and they found that it did not stop him from sharing his opinion on Allen.

I have yet to see Chamalet make any other statements after this news was revealed, and I doubt that I will. His only reason for “supporting” victims of sexual assault was to stop the hate he was receiving from his fans for working with Allen and to be seen in a positive light by the rest of the public. The Huffington Post explained that the purpose of Chamalet’s initial statement may have been to convince the members of the Screen Actors Guild to vote for him because his statement was released a few days before voting ended. Either way, he has been exposed for using the gaining popularity of the feminist movement to his advantage, and it would take an extremely good explanation in order for his actions to be forgiven.

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I'm A Christian Girl And I'm Not A Feminist, Because God Did Not Intend For Women To Be Equals

It is OK for me to not want to be equivalent with a man.

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To start off, I am not writing this to bash feminists or get hate messages. I am simply writing this to state why I do not perceive myself as a feminist.

March is International Women's Month and that is what has got me thinking about how I view myself as a young woman in the 21st century. I enjoy every day getting to soak up the world as a young lady, particularly in the South.

If you know me, then you know that I love and utterly adore Jesus. He is so perfect. He is everything. He is my whole life. Some people might say that I am a "Bible-thumper" or someone who has had too much Kool-aid and maybe I am, but I know who my Creator is and that He died for me, and that is all that matters.

In my young age, I loved to just sit in church with my parents and absorb all that God would deliver. As I have grown up, I have ventured off and joined a church that is different than my parents, so the responsibility falls more on me, but I love that. Since this era of independence began, I have thoroughly enjoyed taking ownership of my faith.

I spend a lot of time chatting with God, worshipping Him in all kinds of ways, and just diving deeper into His Word. Through all of this growth as a Christian, I have learned a lot, but something I have learned is a concept that some may not agree with, which does not surprise me.

I do not believe God meant for women and men to be equal.

There, I acknowledged the elephant in the room.

It is a shocker, I know, but I have some Biblical evidence to back up this belief that I have.

Let us begin in Genesis. God created man and then he created woman. This was two separate occurrences and order is key. He created Adam and then Eve.

Jesus treated women with grace and kindness, do not get me wrong. I mean just look at how He treated the woman at the well, the one who used all of her expensive perfume to cleanse His feet and not to mention His own biological mother! He has a truly unique place in his heart for women, but He also has special intentions for us in the world and in the family setting.

We are to submit to our husbands.

We are to be energetic, strong, and a hard worker.

We are to be busy and helpful to those in need.

We are to be fearless.

All of this is explicitly laid out by God in Proverbs 31.

We are not to be equal to our male counterparts. Jesus does not lay out the Proverbs 31 man, but He rather lays out the Proverbs 31 woman.

A husband or man is to be the head of the household as Christ is to the church.

A man is to love a woman so deeply that represents how he loves himself.

A man is to leave his father and mother.

Women and men are not equal in God's eyes, but they each represent Him in their own ways that the other needs.

If we were all equal, we would not need one another and therefore we would not need God. I am so thankful that we were not created equal. I am so thankful that God is so great that He could not just create only man or woman to represent His image. He is so perfect.

So, you see I am not a feminist, and it is OK.

It is acceptable for me to have this belief that God intended for men to lead women. It is also okay for people to have differing opinions. Writing this was not easy, but I know that not all people agree.

To feminists and those that are not, you are allowed to believe whatever you wish but have evidence to back it up.

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We all learned a few essential rules as children.

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As I look watch the news, I can't help but wonder if the lessons we learned as children might not serve our leaders well. They seem to have forgotten these basic lessons. I am reminded of the book by Robert Fulghum "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten."

Watch out, hold hands, and stick together.

I think this could be useful in a couple of different contexts. First, the current divisiveness in the country doesn't serve us well. We are first and foremost, a part of the family of humankind. Differences in politics, religion, and so on come in far behind that one important attribute. What happened to the notion of agreeing to disagree?

Second, when leaders get off a plane in another country, they should remember who they came with and who they represent - "watch out, hold hands, and stick together."

Clean up your own mess.

Trump seems to take great pleasure in blaming everyone else for their "mess." The government shutdown was someone else's fault – any Democrat. When the stock market went up, he happily took credit, but when it went down, he quickly shifted gears and placed the blame on the Federal Reserve Chairman. Daily and hourly tweets out of the White House place blame on someone else for his "mess." Sadly, he still likes to blame Obama and Hillary for his mess.

Don't lie.

Politicians have always had a bad reputation when it comes to honesty. Still, the number of lies that we hear from Trump (and members of his staff) is unprecedented even for a politician.

We all learned these lessons when we were little more than five years old. Now more than any time in history I think our leaders need a " time out" to re-learn these lessons.

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