While Scarlett Johansson insured there’ll be an Oscar-worthy project down the road the for her by defending Woody Allen to The Guardian, Lena Dunham has made the most surprisingly profound remarks to Marc Maron about the alleged molestation of Dylan Farrow and how that should reflect on Woody Allen’s art. So while you read that, I’ll be in the corner trying to convince myself we all didn’t die on Malaysia Flight 370 and this is the island’s way of fucking with us. Via HuffPost:
The “Girls” star previously tweeted her support for Dylan Farrow, Allen’s adopted daughter, after The New York Times in February published an open letter by Farrow about alleged sexual abuse by Allen. However, Dunham told Maron that she is “not comfortable living in a world where art is part of how we convict people of crimes.”
“I’m not gonna indict the work,” she added. “I think that you can decide that you don’t want to support the work of somebody who has molested a child. That’s a completely appropriate choice. But going through it and saying, ‘Look, he’s told us in 57 ways that he rapes kids.’ That’s not the thing. The thing is to look at the actual evidence that exists in the world, which I think strongly suggests that Woody Allen is in the wrong.”
Maron mentioned that someone had tweeted at him, saying they are now “nauseated” by Allen’s artistic work. Dunham responded, “I’m nauseated with the person.”
“People who really believe Woody Allen is guilty have not felt comfortable saying that because they’re so afraid to lose their connection to his work,” she said. “And the thing is, I feel like people need to understand that you can hold two positions in your mind. You can know that someone’s made work that’s meaningful to you and also know that they have most likely molested their daughter.”
Okay, now I feel sort of bad about calling Lena Dunham a squishy rhombus (Leave Yellow Grimace out of this.), but not bad enough to watch Girls. It’s not like she gave me a kidney. Let’s not get carried away.