Woody Allen SLAMS cancel culture, defends himself against historic sexual abuse accusations
Woody Allen has slammed the current trend of 'cancel culture'.
Thanks to the emergence of the #MeToo movement in the wake of Harvey Weinstein's rape conviction, several women and men in Hollywood have came forward with their own stories of sexual assault and sexual misconduct.
In the 1990s, Allen was accused of sexually abusing his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, and even though no charges were made, he has been somewhat shunned by mainstream Hollywood.
"I feel if you're going to be cancelled, this is the culture to be cancelled by. I just find that all so silly. I don't think about it. I don't know what it means to be cancelled. I know that over the years everything has been the same for me. I make my movies. What has changed is the presentation of the films," he replied when asked by Variety if he felt he had been cancelled.
"You know, I work and it's the same routine for me. I write the script, raise the money, make the film, shoot it, edit it, it comes out. The difference is not from cancel culture. The difference is the way they present the films. It's that that's the big change."
Allen is currently at the Venice Film Festival, promoting his 50th movie, Coupe de Chance.
Allen comments on sexual abuse allegations
Allen maintained his innocence when the subject of his historic sexual abuse allegations was raised.
"My reaction has always been the same. The situation has been investigated by two people, two major bodies, not people, but two major investigative bodies. And both, after long detailed investigations, concluded there was no merit to these charges, that, you know, is exactly as I wrote in my book, Apropos of Nothing. There was nothing to it," he explained.
"I don't know what you can do besides having it investigated, which they did so meticulously. One was less than a year and the other one was many months. And they spoke to everybody concerned and, you know, both came to the exact same conclusion."
The accusations were detailed in a documentary series, Allen v. Farrow.