Things take their natural course; Woody Allen will go to European countries; Woody Allen could keep pumping out overrated films; the sun will grow tomorrow. Which is to say that France, which has long harbored Hollywood’s most notorious alleged pedophile director, will need in Hollywood’s other most notorious alleged pedophile director.
As the #MeToo movements finally, inevitably comes around to Woody Allen, his French distributor has dismissed Dylan Farrow’s allegations that Woody Allen sexually assaulted her when she was seven. In an op-ed in Le Point, the top of Mars Films Stephane Celerier creates that Dylan Farrow’s allegations are “shameless opportunism,” and that is “a matter of settling family accounts.”
As translated by Deadline:
“[I am] stunned by the unspooling of hate that the Woody Allen affair has provoked, specifically in the U.S. and on internet sites. … You get the feeling we are innovating in a world without nuance, without quiet debate regarding a man, I help remind you, who was declared innocent in 1993. … The hatred today has already reached ignominious summits.”
Dominant French entertainers also have staked a position that #MeToo has gone too far, most notably an open letter signed by 100 French women, including Catherine Deneuve. Within an excerpt, as translated by the Guardian:
What started out as freeing women up to speak has today converted into the contrary – we intimidate people into speaking ‘appropriately’, shout down those who don’t belong to line, and the ones women who refused to flex [to the new realities] are thought to be complicit and traitors.
They specifically make reference to France’s own #MeToo motion, #balancetonporc, or “squeal on your pig,” which was started with a French journalist who’s now being sued for slander. “After ‘dialling out your pig’ what are we going to possess, ‘call our your whore’?” Deneuve said later in a follow-up interview.
Brigitte Bardot takes a laissez-faire frame of mind toward assault allegations, which she appears to accept as the price of admission in entertainment. “[L]ots of actresses try to play and tease with producers to obtain a role,” she said within an interview with Paris Match, translated by France 24. “And, so we will speak about them, they state they were harassed.”
This handful of examples does not signify a culture at large; France’s interior minister Gerard Collomb has connected #MeToo to the uptick in rape reports within the last few months, and in November the brand new York Times reported the rumblings of ethnic upheaval over intimate harassment.
That said, as France 24 points out, France offered Roman Polanski the honor “as leader of the Cesar prizes” last year, and La Cinematheque Francaise proceeded with its Polanski retrospective in the height of the Weinstein scandal.
It is as Web page Six foretold. In later January, a “Hollywood insider” forecasted that Allen would take a seven hour journey and become received with open arms. “He will continue making motion pictures, maybe in European countries, maybe with unknowns,” they said. Take the old fart, and we fart in your present direction, too.