Woody Allen Says Cancel Culture Is “Silly”

Posted September 5, 2023 by with 4 comments

Woody Allen has a movie to promote (yes, he’s still making movies, although this one was made in France, and it’s probably his last), so of course Variety asked him about the sex abuse allegations made against him by his daughter, as well as his thoughts on “cancel culture.” Full interview here, and here’s an excerpt:

What was your reaction when your daughter Dylan Farrow participated in a 2021 docuseries, “Allen v. Farrow,” detailing her allegations that you sexually abused her? What is your response to her accusations?

My reaction has always been the same. The situation has been investigated by two people, two major bodies, not people, but two major investigative bodies. And both, after long detailed investigations, concluded there was no merit to these charges, that, you know, is exactly as I wrote in my book, “Apropos of Nothing.” There was nothing to it. The fact that it lingers on always makes me think that maybe people like the idea that it lingers on. You know, maybe there’s something appealing to people. But why? Why? I don’t know what you can do besides having it investigated, which they did so meticulously. One was less than a year and the other one was many months. And they spoke to everybody concerned and, you know, both came to the exact same conclusion.

Have you seen Dylan or her brother Ronan Farrow again?

No. Always willing to but no, no…

Do you feel you’ve been ‘canceled’?

I feel if you’re going to be canceled, this is the culture to be canceled by. I just find that all so silly. I don’t think about it. I don’t know what it means to be canceled. I know that over the years everything has been the same for me. I make my movies. What has changed is the presentation of the films. You know, I work and it’s the same routine for me. I write the script, raise the money, make the film, shoot it, edit it, it comes out. The difference is not is not from cancel culture. The difference is the way they present the films. It’s that that’s the big change.