Woody Allen is getting a lot of heat — and defenders — for allegedly abusing his adopted daughter Dylan and getting away with it, especially while promoting his new film Cafe Society at Cannes. There’s the French comedian who joked about Allen shooting films in Europe when he wasn’t convicted of rape in the United States, and there’s Susan Sarandon proclaiming, “I have nothing to say about him,” because she believes he committed sexual assault. Then there are the actors like Adrien Brody who make painfully equivocal statements on these charges.
According to CNN, Brody decided to not only toss some defense to Allen, but also Roman Polanski and Billy Cosby on Jenny McCarthy’s radio show. This is what he said:
“I look to collaborate with artistic people and to go into an endeavor without judgment and to hopefully be treated with the same,” he said. “It’s an artistic pursuit, and Polanski, for instance, had a very complicated and difficult life. It would be unfair of me to delve into something as complicated as the past that was brought up in the media.”
Basically, “life is very complicated,” as Brody prefaces his remarks with.
Life is complicated indeed, and sure, Allen was never convicted of this crime, but one can argue that such shades of gray shouldn’t really apply when we’re talking rape and molestation. Brody isn’t the first person to grapple with whether we can consume the art of people who may or may not have done very bad things, though.
McCarthy asks him to comment on Allen experiencing no repercussions to his career for these allegations while Cosby hasn’t enjoyed the same privilege. Brody replies that he doesn’t pay attention to accusations like that, calling them “fodder.” Again, understandable if you don’t want to come down on hard about whether somebody is guilty of a crime or not, but it seems dismissive of rape victims.