Days after Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein came under scrutiny for a number of alleged sexual assault and harassment incidents, some dating back decades, another alleged sexual abuser, famed director Woody Allen, decided to chime in on the scandal currently rocking the movie industry — and his response was as sexist and ignorant as one can imagine.
“No one ever came to me or told me horror stories with any real seriousness,” Allen told the BBC in an interview. “And they wouldn't, because you are not interested in it. You are interested in making your movie. But you do hear a million fanciful rumors all the time. And some turn out to be true and some — many — are just stories about this actress, or that actor.”
Considering Allen and Weinstein have been friends for a long time, his statement does not come across as surprising. However, it is still equally disturbing and highlights the lengths these alleged sexual predators will go to support each other.
In the late 1980s, Allen allegedly had an affair with then-girlfriend Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn. Despite the rumors, Allen and Farrow tied the knot.
In 1993, reports emerged of Allen sexually abusing his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow when she was only a child. The director denied the allegations at the time and did so again in 2014 when Dylan reiterated her story.
Moreover, it was her brother, Ronan Farrow, who published the bombshell report in The New Yorker, detailing the allegations against Weinstein.
“The whole Harvey Weinstein thing is very sad for everybody involved,” Allen continued. “Tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that [his] life is so messed up… There's no winners in that, it's just very, very sad and tragic for those poor women that had to go through that.”
He then tried to normalize sexual harassment by expressing concerns that this scandal will turn into a “witch hunt” — where all sexual assailants and harassers will be held accountable for their actions or, at least, be called out in public.
“You also don’t want it to lead to a witch hunt atmosphere, a Salem atmosphere, where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself,” Allen concluded. “That’s not right either.”
Since when has winking at female colleagues been normal?
Many social media user also commented on Allen’s statement.
This tweet exploded a bit today. Most common responses:— ChristianChristensen (@ChrChristensen) October 15, 2017
* Don't wink at women in the workplace, it's sleazy & harassment.
* "Witch hunts" were when men burned women for not conforming to male ideals
* Making Weinstein about how you can't harass women at work? Not good. https://t.co/pgpHUYTDZL
woody allen hopes it'll never get the point where it's not ok 2 wink at a Woman in an office.. IT'S NEVER BEEN OK 2 DO THAT U CREEP WTF— JamesVincentMcMorrow (@jamesvmcmorrow) October 15, 2017
Yes, Woody Allen, winking at co-workers is EXACTLY the same as lying to employees to get them alone, then stripping. pic.twitter.com/cPcCFBV6Qk— Tasha Goblinson (@TashaRobinson) October 15, 2017
#woodyallen fears "witch hunt" of men who wink at women. If by "winking" u mean sexual harassment, coercion, assault, then yes, b afraid— Gloria Kim (@DrKimGee) October 16, 2017
Bizarre but not unexpected comment from #WoodyAllen about men not being able to wink at women at work. Why would you wink at a colleague?— Claire (@Claireyalli) October 15, 2017
Woody Allen: Soon we won't be able to wink at our female employees without calling a lawyer.— Ali B (@wtflanksteak) October 15, 2017
WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU WINKING AT WORK?
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