Lena Dunham: I’m “Disgusted” By Woody Allen Allegations, Won’t “Indict” His Work
During an interview shared Monday on the “WTF Podcast,” the “Girls” creator explained that while she’s “decidedly pro-Dylan Farrow and decidedly disgusted with Woody Allen’s behavior,” she doesn’t believe his professional work should be connected to his personal actions.
“For me, when people go through his work and comb through it for references to child molestation, that’s not the f*cking point,” said Dunham. She went on, “I’m not gonna indict the work. I think that you can decide that you don’t want to support the work of somebody who has molested a child. That’s a completely appropriate choice. But going through it and saying, ‘Look, he’s told us in 57 ways that he rapes kids’ — that’s not the thing.”
“The thing is to look at the actual evidence that exists in the world, which I think strongly suggests that Woody Allen is in the wrong,” said Dunham. “But for me the point is not to go through his one-act plays looking for references to child molestation. Because I’m not comfortable living in a world where art is part of how we convict people of crimes.”
The recent “SNL” host, who said she hasn’t “wanted to watch his movies for a long time, partially because of who I think he is and partially because I think they got really bad,” acknowledged interviewer Marc Maron’s point that “bad people have done amazing things.”
“Looking at art and trying to basically decide who we can and who we can’t support, it’s dangerous… People who really believe Woody Allen is guilty have not felt comfortable saying that bcause they’re so afraid to lose their connection to his work,” said Dunham.
She continued, “And the thing is, I feel like people need to understand that you can hold two positions in your mind. You can know that someone’s made work that’s meaningful to you and also know that they have most likely molested their daughter.”
After adding that she’s “nauseated with [Allen] the person,” Duham reiterated her point from last month that victims usually don’t speak up. The star’s comments come one week after she apologized for making a molestation joke on Twitter. Woody Allen recently maintained that he never molested his daughter, as he has for years.
What do you think of Dunham’s viewpoint?