The growing list of celebrities who have expressed regret about appearing in Woody Allen’s movies has found its latest star. Or, rather, mother of a star. Welcome, Selena Gomez’s mom!
Gomez is appearing in Allen’s next movie, A Rainy Day In New York. Last night, her mother, Mandy Teefy, responded to a comment on an Instagram post of hers, asking Teefy to “make selena write an apology about the woddy Allen film.”
Allen was accused of child sexual assault in 1992. Though he was controversially cleared of the charges, a judge deemed his behavior toward daughter and accuser Dylan Farrow “grossly inappropriate” and said that his actions “warrant a careful monitoring of his future contact” with his adopted children. Last year, Gomez spoke to Billboard about rationalizing her decision to work with Allen, and demonstrated she may be sipping on the same Kool-Aid Kate Winslet’s been knocking back. Her take: “And that’s something, yes, I had to face and discuss. I stepped back and thought, ‘Wow, the universe works in interesting ways.’”
Here’s what Teefy told her Instagram commenter:
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.
Damn, Ms. Teefy! Teefy and Gomez aren’t on great terms right now—the two unfollowed each other on Instagram after Teefy was taken to a hospital for a voluntary welfare check. But sometimes it still pays to listen to your mom.
Perhaps Gomez will one day join her Rainy Day costar Timothee Chalamet (as well as actors Rebecca Hall and Griffin Newman) in donating what she earned from the film to charity. Until then, Teefy 1, Gomez 0, with Woody Allen still kind of winning in the background.