Countless actors, actresses, and Hollywood elite have spoken out about Harvey Weinstein at this point, sharing their own experiences and condemning the environment that allowed him to thrive. As the future of Weinstein’s career begins to look bleak, especially after his removal from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, questions and accusations have bubbled up about others in Hollywood. Amazon has already faced this issue directly and allegations have been whispered about others, but it has also reminded many about allegations that have already existed in the past.
Woody Allen is one of those individuals, with Amazon choosing to cancel the red carpet for his film Wonder Wheel amid the Weinstein scandal and others bringing up the allegations of molestation and sexual assault made against Allen by Mia Farrow and her children, Dylan and Ronan Farrow. Allen has denied the allegations in the past, but it hasn’t stopped criticism of the director and those who choose to work with him.
It is a situation that is highly sensitive and most would probably want to keep far away from any talk of sexual misconduct. This does not include Woody Allen, who shared his thoughts on Harvey Weinstein with BBC News:
“The whole Harvey Weinstein thing is very sad for everybody involved,” he added. “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.”
Allen said he hoped the revelations, which emerged after an investigation by the New York Times, would lead to “some amelioration”, but said: “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. That’s not right either.
“But sure, you hope that something like this could be transformed into a benefit for people rather than just a sad or tragic situation.”
Many are focusing in on the “sad” remark, but others are just offended that Allen would add his voice to the situation at all. Rose McGowan, who was allowed back on Twitter on Friday, captured most of these reactions with just one tweet: