Earlier this week we learned Selena Gomez’s mom Mandy Teefey tried to talk the singer/actress out of working with director Woody Allen, who’s been accused of sexual abuse by his adopted step-daughter Dylan Farrow. Teefey explained that Gomez didn’t listen, writing on Instagram: “No one can make Selena do anything she doesn’t want to,” which, hello, did any of you see Ladybird? The mom-daughter relationship is complicated! But maybe Gomez is thinking about her decision, and more importantly, how she can support women who are facing abuse at the hands of powerful men.
On Wednesday, People reported that Gomez (apparently) anonymously donated more money than she made for her role in Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, created by prominent women in Hollywood to fight workplace sexual harassment, assault, or abuse.
If that’s true, good for her—though there’s really no telling whether she made the donation when Time’s Up formed, or in response to the backlash of her working with Allen. Either way, I still have some questions: Why not announce the donation yourself? Gomez still hasn’t said anything about whether or not she would continue to work Allen, though a few of her cast mates have: Actress Rebecca Hall said that after “reading and rereading” Farrow’s statements about Allen, she “regret[s] this decision and wouldn’t make the same one today.” Hall and actor Timothée Chalamet, who also stars in A Rainy Day in New York, have donated their salaries from the movie, too. “I don’t want to profit from my work on the film,” said Chalamet. (He did not offer a statement about Allen specifically, citing “contractual obligations.”)
Celebrities offering up their salaries to worthy charities is nice, but I hope it doesn’t become a trendy way to “signal” your “solidarity” with “the movement” instead of actually speaking up for what’s right. I’d like to see Gomez think about her decision to work with Allen and release a statement as to why she chose to work with the guy and whether she’d do it again. But a donation, if she really did make it, is a good place to start tipping the scales away from powerful men in favor of vulnerable women. Just show us the receipts!