Woody Allen Shares Thoughts on #MeToo Movement

In retrospect, this was probably not a good decision on his part

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Woody Allen shared his opinions on the #MeToo movement in a recent interview.
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By Tobias Carroll / September 7, 2019 12:17 pm

Earlier this week, Scarlett Johansson was lambasted for making a decidedly tone-deaf statement about her willingness to again work with director Woody Allen. Observers took this in and filed it away; surely this would be the apex of tone-deaf comments made this week by a celebrity concerning Woody Allen, they thought. 

That was not to be, however. Instead, Johansson’s comment has been eclipsed in its tone-deaf qualities by a statement made by none other than Woody Allen himself. Variety has the details: in an interview with France24, Allen said, “I’ve done everything that the #MeToo movement would love to achieve with everybody.”

You’re not hallucinating; he really did say that. What’s more, he also said this:

When asked if he regretted calling himself a “poster boy” for the #MeToo movement in a 2018 interview, the director stood by the statement, saying, “I should be.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Allen expressed optimism that his film A Rainy Day in New York would receive distribution in the United States. (It currently does not.) Variety’s article does not weigh in on whether Allen voiced any opinions on the current state of his memoir, which has also had an understandably difficult time finding a publisher.

There’s an old adage about situations where saying literally anything at all is worse than simply saying nothing; this looks to be the latest embodiment of that.

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