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Woody Allen Responds to Ronan Farrow’s Article and Cannes Opening Ceremony Rape Joke


Woody Allen has been called out over rape allegations twice this week, and he doesn’t seem to care.

On Wednesday his estranged son, Ronan Farrow, wrote a buzzy guest article for The Hollywood Reporter. Farrow blamed the media for not challenging the director surrounding allegations that he sexually abused his daughter, Ronan’s sister, Dylan Farrow. He’s unhappy that so many choose to work with Woody. He wrote, “Amazon paid millions to work with Woody Allen, bankrolling a new series and film. Actors, including some I admire greatly, continue to line up to star in his movies. ‘It’s not personal,’ one once told me. But it hurts my sister every time one of her heroes like Louis C.K., or a star her age, like Miley Cyrus, works with Woody Allen.”

Wood apparently hasn’t even read the article. While at the Cannes Film Festival opening night a reporter asked him what he thought and he replied, “I never read anything about me. These interviews I do, anything. I said everything I had to say about that whole issue in the New York Times. I have moved so far past it. I never think about it. I work. It’s worked for me. I’ve been very productive over the years by not thinking about myself.”

He added, “I’ve said I was never going to comment on it again. I could go on endlessly – then we’d just be going on endlessly. I’ve said everything I’ve had to say about it.”

Laurent Lafitte, Master of Ceremonies of Cannes’ opening night, took a deep jab at the director as well. The comedian joked and referenced Roman Polanski, “You’ve shot so many of your films here in Europe and yet in the U.S. you haven’t even been convicted of rape. Thank you for coming tonight, sir. Although it’s the least you could do. Your film isn’t even in competition. What’s the worst that could happen?…Or that it’s not as good as Manhattan?”

Yeah, we agree, that wasn’t really funny. Regardless, Woody DGAF. He told Variety“I am completely in favor of comedians making any jokes they want. I am a non-judgmental or [non]-censorship person on jokes. I’m a comic myself and I feel they should be free to make whatever jokes they want. It would take a lot to offend me. What bothered me most last night was the length of the show before the movie. I’m sitting there. I know I have a movie that’s an hour and a half, I would like the introduction ceremony to be 20 minutes, half hour at the most. I don’t want you to spend an hour on the show. By the time my movie comes around at the end, you’re antsy in your seat. To me, that is the mistake of the show. It goes on for too long. Cut that down.”


[via E! Online]


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