Selena Gomez, Listen to Your Mother

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Let’s get right into it: Selena Gomez would do well to listen to her mom, Mandy Teefey—especially when it comes to working with shitty men. Gomez stars in A Rainy Day in New York, a soon-to-be-released film directed by Woody Allen (who you may recall faced some serious sexual abuse allegations, the molestation of his adopted step-daughter, Dylan Farrow.) Apparently Teefey was not stoked on her daughter’s decision to participate in the film in the first place and told her not to do it. I can’t imagine why...

On Monday, in a tribute Instagram post to the late Dolores O’Riordan, frontwoman of the ‘90s Irish rock band Cranberries, Teefey responded to Gomez fan @victorcircus1 who commented, however irreverently, “Make Selena write an apology about the woddy Allen [sic] film.” Teefey responded, “Sorry, No one can make Selena do anything she doesn’t want to. I had a long talk with her about not working with him and it didn’t click. Her team are amazing people. There is no fall person here. No one controls her. She makes all her own decisions. No matter how hard you try to advise. It falls on deaf ears.”


The comment feels, well, damning, considering Gomez’s interview with Billboard last month, where she was (finally) asked about working with Allen. In case you missed out on that particular news nugget, Gomez responded with a truly, impressively tone deaf statement:

“To be honest, I’m not sure how to answer — not because I’m trying to back away from it,” she said. “[The Weinstein allegations] actually happened right after I had started [on the movie]. They popped up in the midst of it. And that’s something, yes, I had to face and discuss. I stepped back and thought, ‘Wow, the universe works in interesting ways.’”

The universe! Wow!

It’s also worth noting that Gomez’s costar in the upcoming Allen film, Timothée Chalamet of Call Me By Your Name fame, wrote a long Instagram post about his part in the film Monday night, too. In it, he explains that he has chosen to donate his salary from his forthcoming movie to three different organizations: TIME’S UP, the LGBT Center in New York, and RAINN.


Will Selena do the same? If she won’t listen to her mother, will she take Chalamet’s words to heart and donate her salary, too? Here’s hoping she does something, because this is fucking depressing.

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Maria Sherman

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