News culture “So stupid” this controversial director speaks about cancel culture
Published on 07/09/2023 at 12:45
During an interview, this extremely famous director and screenwriter spoke about what he thinks about “cancel culture”.
Poster for the movie Lucky Shot
Woody Allen is an American director, screenwriter, actor and comedian from 87 ans who has been at the origin of numerous films since the start of his prolific career in the early 1970s. After his feature film Rifkin’s Festival released in 2020, it is back with Stroke of luck which will be released on September 27. This is a film shot in France with only French actors, which features a happy couple (Fanny and Jean), living in the beautiful neighborhoods of Paris. Their lives will be turned upside down when Fanny meets an old high school friend again and they get closer and closer.
However, the screening of this film at a film festival in Venice was accompanied by a storm of controversy due to the scandals linked to this director.
In the midst of controversy, Woody Allen talks about cancel culture
The screening of Coup de chance was disrupted due to the presence protesters who rallied against Woody Allen and, as they say, “rape culture”. They tried to sneak onto the red carpet, but were turned away by festival security.
In this particularly tense climate which accompanies the release of his 50th feature film, the director spoke to Variety on various subjects such as his possible retirement from cinema at 87, but especially on the cancel culture that hovers around him following accusations of sexual assault that have followed him for many years. Thus, to the question “do you have the impression of having been “cancelled”?”, he answers:
I think that if one must be canceled, it is by this culture that one must be. I find this all so silly. I do not think about it. I don’t know what it means to be canceled. I know that over the years everything has stayed the same for me. I make my films. 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, I find the money, I make the film, I shoot it, I edit it and it comes out. The difference does not come from the cancel culture. The difference is the way they present the films. This is the big change.
In short, although his films were released amid a barrage of scandals following his serious accusations, he did not seem disturbed by these events and indicated that he continued his routine of making films.