Funny movies? Check. Creative and talented guy? Check. Shockingly abhorrent human being?
Double triple check.
First there was the creepy marrying-his-stepdaughter thing. But that’s old news.
More recently, Allen gives us this New Yorker article, which I understand was supposed to be humor piece about Warren Beatty’s sexual prowess but which is actually a really sexist and creepy look into how Woody Allen thinks women view sex (for example, sex is “really good” when we are “ravaged,” wake up in a recovery room with a nurse giving us tea, and don’t remember anything). New Yorker, I love you. I read you every day on the subway. But I wanted to tear you up into a million little pieces when I read that piece.
And now Allen is (again!) standing up for Roman Polanksi, after another actress came forward and said Polanski raped her when she was a teenager. According to Allen, Polanski is “an artist and is a nice person” who “did something wrong and he paid for it.” Except (a) nice people don’t rape 14-year-old girls; (b) even if Polanksi is really really nice and saves kittens on the weekends, that isn’t a Get Away With Rape Free card; (c) neither is being an artist; I mean, John Wayne Gacy was a clown, so, great guy, they should definitely have let him go; and (d) Polanski actually has not paid for what he did wrong. Unless by “he paid for it” you mean “he won numerous awards, made hundreds of millions of dollars, had a long and successful career, but couldn’t enter the United States and for a few months was not allowed to leave his enormous Swiss chateau.” In that case, ok yeah, he paid for it. Can I be a criminal and face the same kind of punishment as Polanski, please?
And can people like Woody Allen please be socially marginalized, please?
- Polanski Defend-a-Thon, Part 2 by Jill September 29, 2009
- But he’s an artist! She’s a “drunk cow”! What do you MEAN he can’t rape her? by Natalia Antonova June 11, 2010
- Heartbreakers by Jill October 1, 2009
- In Case You Needed More Reasons To Hate Will Saletan by Lauren October 15, 2009
- The Good Old Days by Jill October 11, 2009