Blake Lively hated that ‘rape joke’ directed at Woody Allen: It’s ‘not a joke’

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After Blake Lively walked the red carpet for the Cannes Opening Night premiere of Café Society, she changed into this black Salvatore Ferragamo coatdress which probably left feathers all over the place. The Ferragamo look was for the Opening Night ceremony, the one where the MC made a “rape joke” comparing Woody Allen to Roman Polanski. Blake has been doing interviews and promotional work today, and she was asked about her reaction to the joke and more. Blake was not a fan.

Over a lunch for Woody Allen’s latest movie “Café Society,” Blake Lively criticized the Cannes Film Festival for allowing a controversial rape joke about Woody Allen to be part of the opening night ceremony.

“I think any jokes about rape, homophobia or Hitler is not a joke,” Lively said on Thursday when asked about the incident by a Variety reporter. “I think that was a hard thing swallow in 30 seconds. Film festivals are such a beautiful, respectful festivals of film and artists and to have that, it felt like it wouldn’t have happened if it was in the 1940s. I can’t imagine Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby going out and doing that. It was more disappointing for the artists in the room that someone was going up there making jokes about something that wasn’t funny.”

“But it wasn’t just Woody,” Lively said of the material. “He made three homophobic comments in a row. A Hitler joke. And a rape joke. It was all within 30 seconds … What on Earth was happening? It was really confusing.”

When asked by Vulture’s Kyle Buchanan about the Ronan Farrow essay published yesterday in the Hollywood Reporter about how the media hadn’t responded appropriately to rape allegations brought by his sister Dylan Farrow against their father Woody Allen, Lively said that she hadn’t read the piece yet.

“I came home and went to bed at whatever time we finished,” Lively said. “I haven’t been in it, so I don’t want to speak on something I haven’t read. I think that’s dangerous. It’s definitely something that being at the festival, the media these days, you come to a film festival about film and people talk about all different types of things. You know? That can be definitely tricky to navigate, I’m sure. I don’t want to speak about something I haven’t read.”

[From Page Six]

While I applauded the MC for being the only person at the Cannes Film Festival to dare to even mention the accusations against Woody Allen, I also think Blake has a point about how it might not be the right moment and venue to make light of such a serious topic and issue. Now, that being said, Blake can’t have it both ways. She can’t slam the only person throwing shade at Woody Allen and shrug off the issues Ronan Farrow’s essay raised. If rape and child molestation shouldn’t be joked about, then it’s not something that can be ignored either, especially in the context of promoting a Woody Allen film. This is exactly why Ronan Farrow wrote his essay – he wanted the actors of Café Society to go on the record about why they chose to work with Woody. Ronan wanted to shame journalists into asking those uncomfortable questions, which is what the journalists should have been doing the whole time.

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  1. Sam says:

    Blake is about to get ripped a new one especially because she’s working with Woody and rightfully so. The best thing she could have done was not work with them and apart of me thinks she’d never let her daughter anywhere near Woody.
    However I agree with her that making any jokes about rape, homophobia and Hitler are not funny. She’s not wrong with saying that and I wish what she was saying was placed in any other context but the Woody Allen one. There is never a time or place for these types of jokes. And I don’t want to hear well people who are victims laugh…no it’s just not okay. And based on the reactions from people who were there the other jokes were pretty distasteful.

    • Kitten says:

      But I want to know the context and delivery of the other jokes. I’m not saying that would make them ok–just that I’m very curious. It also needs to be added that French people are not as PC-focused as Americans so that aspect could have played into it as well.

      • tiny martian says:

        I’m wondering the same thing, Kitten.

        Plus, I think that it’s interesting if the French are not as offended by Hitler jokes as much as Americans are………seeing as they are the ones who actually had to live through German occupation and all! So if that is indeed true, then it really says something about the overly sensitized PC mentality of American society today.

      • Saks says:

        Yes I agree with you too. I’d like to hear those jokes in context, because I suspect she might be reaching just to take the light away from the rape joke

      • anon says:

        The French may not be offended of jokes but being a holocaust denier in France is still a crime that is taken very seriously and you can go to prison for it. In America you have the freedom of speech but jokes are taken very seriously. There is no right or wrong g here just different social and cultural practices. Good and bad as with most countries

      • Kitten says:

        @Anon-Oh I agree. I wasn’t inferring that French people are wrong for that at all–just pointing out the cultural differences.

        It’s something I notice a lot with my French family–that they aren’t afraid to make jokes about topics that many Americans would consider off-limits. What is taboo in the US isn’t necessarily taboo in France.

      • Magnoliarose says:

        Hitler jokes are never funny for me. Anti-semitism is on the rise in France right now so it makes any Hitler joke extra tasteless. Especially combined with the dark history of Vichy France. It’s like joking about a serial murderer who murdered your family as he did mine.
        I am not getting down on you at all. I always love your posts. I just wanted to explain.

      • Kitten says:

        @Magnoliarose-But that’s my point exactly. Americans are already jumping to outrage without knowing WHAT the joke was. Sigh.
        Oh well.

      • Jane.fr says:

        So I went and watch the intro by lafite (who is a good actor but a not that great comedian).
        The “rape joke” was more directed against Polansky than woody”. The way it was phrased, it could have been directed at any American working in Europe ( Of course the allegations against WA make it a kill two birds with one stone thing)
        But he did attack woody Allen film. ” Not in competition”, “maybe not that good”, “not the best woody allen”, “one can’t do great films when one get’s one out every year”,…

        @Sam : About the audience reaction. I’m sorry , they did not thought it distasteful, just not funny. The audience was bot disgusted, just bored. But they did laugh with the Polansky burn.

        The “sexism and homophobic jokes”, were never sexist nor homophobic. But they were part of a real “blind burn”. ( Good looking in a smoking, dancing well, gay and scientologist… )

        Another burn for Trump… equated to a transmissible disease.

      • Bettyrose says:

        Clerks. That’s all I’m saying. Kevin Smith set the standard for Nazi jokes that make a valid point without trivializing genocide.

        Likewise, that reporter was not making rape jokes. He was lampooning a culture that forgives predatory behavior in powerful men.

      • JenniferJustice says:

        @Bettyrose – I agree. There is a difference between making a joke about someone being raped and ridiculing a defunct society for it’s hypocracy and favoritism. He wasn’t trying to get people to laugh at a rape victim. He was calling out known/rumoured rapists who are still living the high life and actually at an event to be lauded for their work. Calling out a rapist while having a comedic platform is exactly what got the ball rolling with Bill Cosby. If Hannibal Burress hadn’t made that one glib reference about Bill Cosby in 2014, Cosby would still be drugging and raping women and his past victims would still have no voice. It was that one sling at Cosby that got people’s attention and spurred the victims to come foreward….again, and this time, people listened.

        I don’t think Blake Lively gives a crap about political correctness or appropriateness at film festivals. I think SHE felt uncomfortable because in calling out Woody, the cast members of his films, are indirectly called out. This is about her shame and guilt and not wanting to admit she’s willing to work with a pervert for her own fame and a good paycheck. She would rather not be reminded or held accountable for her support of a creeper.

      • Magnoliarose says:

        @Kitten I know what you mean and I’m in no way a pearl clutching person who is easily offended. I like irreverent humor. It’s like Chris Rock’s monologue at the Oscars. Some people laughed and some people were not amused. Humor is so subjective anyway. This has probably more to do with an event that happened in my family recently so it’s totally personal. Probably next year I’ll lighten up some. Lol

      • Salanta says:

        Here’s the “joke”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aw782Wrlcf8

        Can’t find the full thing with the rest of the (possibly) offensive material though. @Jane-fr, do you have a link?

      • Fee says:

        Kitten or right. Blake pissed me off she came off as this is my moment how dare u discuss life. Sorry but where should victims of Woody talk about him, if he’s allowed to have his moments then too bad. Enough coddlinf this disgusting pesos,Hollywood is full of them.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I don’t think it was really meant to be funny. Of course, I wasn’t there, but I think it was meant to bring the elephant in the room out in the open. I hope it was meant to make Woody Allen uncomfortable, to say fine, you get to be here, but we know exactly who you are.

      • Kitten says:

        I love Laurent Lafitte so I hope so, GNAT…

      • lucy2 says:

        That’s what I was thinking – it wasn’t a joke about rape, but a pointed slam at Woody Allen.

        I don’t know if Blake is trying to defend him, or just thought it wasn’t the time and place for that. I’m hoping the latter, I’m hoping she doesn’t think that he is worth of her defense. But I do think saying “i can’t comment on something I haven’t read yet” isn’t shrugging it off, it’s just common sense.

      • Sam says:

        Lucy2 I took it as more “I can’t comment on something I haven’t read,” which makes perfect sense because if she really hasn’t read it and they ask questions she looks dumb. Well even more dumb. Her response is at least better than Kristen’s was.

      • Naya says:

        Bullsh-t she hasnt read it. Think about that for a moment. The most talked about thing from that festival is how her boss, the guy who she has latched on to for every damn photo, is being called out for child rape by his own son. Theres a paragraph specifically targeted at her and her fellow assh-le cast mates, she may even be mentioned by name. And you are trying to tell me that she hasnt taken the five minutes to read it? NONSENSE. Self serving nonsense.

        And this little tirade over the “jokes” is pure deflection. As if anybody that sensitive minded wouldn’t also have taken the time to read a sons letter about his sisters assault by their dad.

        She is saying this to salvage her little moment. Who knows when next she will legitimately be at a festival (albeit for a tiny unpaid role in a molesters film). Desperate. Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if she is Woodys publicist weapon for the rest of the tour. They can pay her off with better career options and in exchange she gets to be his Ivanka Trump i.e the pretty blond girl who makes his message more palatable for the not-totally-crazy crowd. Dont fall for it!!!!

        Ps: its not lost to me that this silly person finally found her moral compass over a joke at her beloved child molester but cant find it when it comes to her antebellum bull crap. In the wise words of Maya Angelou (who Blake would loathe since Maya had a deep disdain for slavery) “when somebody shows you who they are, believe them”. I believe Blake. Dbag Extraordinaire.

      • lisa says:

        ITA – it’s not making fun of the victims, it’s pointing out that he knows what WA is. And i think that is very appropriate, especially since no one else is doing it.

      • teacakes says:

        @Naya – damn, you went IN.

        And thanks for bringing up the ‘antebellum’ too – I think we’d all forgotten this is someone who tried to silence Gawker when they called her shitty website out on glorifying the style of peak Southern slavery years, I’m not surprised that her self-righteous little deflection here is ultimately about self-serving.

      • Nancy says:

        If ignorance is bliss, she must be downright giddy. No one in the US would have the balls to say this to him. This talentless twit is pumping fists because she has a job other than being Ryan’s wife. She signed her contract with the devil, now have a seat and enjoy the benefits. She is doing herself no favors. The quiet majority of Hollywood knows what and who Woody Allen is and who his disciples are.

      • THE OG BB says:

        Naya… did we just become best friends?? Seriously, girl keep it up! I thought the same exact thing, I’m sure all the actor’s in this film were made aware of the article.

      • Boo says:

        @Naya – thank you! Yes that’s what I was thinking.

        First, Blake is cunning. Look how fast she went after her hubby to get him. Second, she’s not intellectually gifted in any way and it was noted that nobody asked her any questions. That was actually printed in press. lol She showed up in ‘come and get me’ and ‘pay ALL the attention to me’ dresses and nobody cared to ask her anything. She’s trying to make herself seem like more than a pretty face but she really isn’t.

        She’s got some weird timewarp love for the era of women serving their men at home and keeps referencing it. The 40s, 50s, etc. Reminded me of her Preserve ‘days of plantations’ … I mean, that’s how smart she is.

        So no this is deflect to spare her rep for doing a movie with Woody, get her voice in the press in any way that will grab attention so she can appear to have something to say (she never has anything worth listening to) and basically this is all about Blake. She damn well did read it of course. Of course she did.

      • nicegirl says:

        I hope you are right, GNAT. It is great to think that some folks are not afraid.

    • JenYfromTheBlok says:

      Men in Bing Crosby’s era were sheltered by the “boy’s club” more than ever in regards to misogyny, so I appreciate her unintentional appropriate comparison. I’m also happy to know that Woody Allen is mentioned along with homophobic sociopaths, as WA is just a bag of ugly issues himself. What is worse than taking money and fame from a child molester? Answer: attempting to defend that criminal!

    • Izzy says:

      I’ll have to go and take a look at video of it to see the exact context here. But as someone who is Jewish and connects a lot with the Jewish community around me, I can tell you that with certain groups in particular, Holocaust jokes are very touchy. French are one of hose groups. Many Jewish people I know believe that most of France were collaborators during the Holocaust, and that even today the sentiment continues. No question there’s a lot of anti-Semitism in France, the Jews the are leaving in droves for safety in Israel or North America. But in a weird twist, many Jews I know (again, speaking of my own extended network here), believe French people in general to be anti-Semitic. They don’t even see the hypocrisy in their attitude.

  2. lisa says:

    maybe blake needs to look within and question her own choices

    I’m on the side of whoever is finally speaking publicly about wood yi

    • Chris says:

      It amazes me that all these people can ignore what he has done and work with him and promote him. Even if you don’t want to judge him for what Dylan accused him of for lack of what some people think is enough proof ( please don’t jump on me-I am not one of those people) the stuff with Soon-Yi is completely true and public information. What he did with her was disgusting alone and should be enough to make people not want to work with him in my opinion-but clearly it doesn’t disgust enough people.

    • Saks says:

      This! And I hope Blake’s stupid comments create a bigger mess. It is time to for the media and general public to really start judging Woody the pervert and all the actors who work with him

    • saltandpepper says:

      Wrong platform. People are there to celebrate films, and the MC was way out of line. Imagine how WA’s wife must have felt. It was uncalled for and in terrible taste.

      • Nancy says:

        Imagine how she felt when she was young and stood naked before him and had her friggin pictures taken by that monster. Any platform is the right platform to bring awareness to what this person did. Soon-Yi was victimized then, when he married her to try to clean his filthy image and now standing by this half dead creep looking lost as always. My heart goes out to her, but not enough can ever be said about him, no matter how many misinformed, naïve, cover your eyes starlets like Lively come to his defense. Need a babysitter Blake?

      • Boo says:

        In the same way that Roman Polanski cannot set foot in the USA for raping a young girl, Woody Allen should be yelled at in any place as he has never been held accountable. Arguing there is an appropriate time and place is the most insensitive, asinine thing i’ve heard anyone say. Would she say that if a pedophile moved into her neighborhood?

      • nemesister says:

        I imagine Soon-Yi knows all too well how the man who helped raise her, molested her, and groomed her to be what she is now, feels about just about anything. Unfortunately, I doubt this woman will ever be as well acquainted with her own feelings as she is with those of her famous stepdad/lover/puppetmaster.

    • Jib says:

      Yes, Blake needs to own this, but I said yesterday and it didn’t get posted, why does Mr. Brad Pitt and others get a pass for past actions: 26 year old Brad and 16 year old Juliette Lewis? Seems it’s ok if it’s Brad.

      • nemesister says:

        Almost the same age difference with Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder (26, 17). It’s as if we overlook statutory rape if the man looks vaguely kidlike himself.

      • Truthful says:

        They don’t from me! that’s disgusting I didn’t even knew they dated! so gross!

  3. Kitten says:

    She’s just not the brightest bulb. Agree that Cannes might not be the place for it but come on, she’s defending Allen-a dude who has been protected by Hollywood way to f*cking long. Gross and not ok.

    I’m curious about the other inappropriate jokes she cited…

    • Sam says:

      She’s defending Woody simply by working with him. BUT I take her comments more about that it’s just never okay to joke about those topics and from what I heard people were just stunned with the “jokes” that were supposedly said.

      • Kitten says:

        Want to know what they were..off to Google.

      • Liv says:

        So it’s not okay to joke about rape, but it’s totally okay to actually do it? Because she supports Woody by working with him.

        When Dylan brought the topic up I didn’t know much about it and I thought Well, we weren’t there, it’s hard to judge a thing that happened long time ago. Who knows who speaks the truth. But his super creepy interviews spoke volumes. When asked how his wife changed him all he can talk about is how he saved her life, which isn’t even true. And other creepy stuff. He’s absolutely delusional.

        I can’t believe that they all keep working with him.

      • Jane.fr says:

        I saw it. They weren’t stunned. Bored before, laughing (a little) then.
        The “backlash” came after in the media comments.

    • serena says:

      Why wouldn’t it be the place to talk about it? I don’t think it’s supposed to be only glamour and sh*, this needs to be addressed wheter it’s in Cannes or Hollywood or wherever.

      • Bebe says:

        There’s a difference between addressing something and making a joke about a serious issue. The two are not the same.

      • Kitten says:

        Well Cannes actually IS mainly “glamour and sh*t”. It’s a private, invite-only film festival where everyone is supposed to be kissing each other’s ass and such. But I guess that there’s never really an *appropriate time* for an inappropriate joke, which I suppose is the point.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I think it’s the perfect place to talk about it. I wish I could have seen his smug face when he heard it. There’s never an inappropriate time to stop kissing this pervert’s backside.

      • Marty says:

        It really felt like Laurant was making more of a statement then a joke. But like you said above Kitten, context is everything.

      • VitaKS says:

        Exactly! God forbid something disturbs this happy glamorous bubble where celebrities get to congratulate each other and wear glittery gowns.

      • aims says:

        If you associate yourself with Woody then you’re saying what he did was okay. Yes, it’s that simple. He at the very least groomed his wife. If you don’t take a stand on sexual abuse,then my God, what will you!!!??

        There are things that are more important than your career.

      • Kitten says:

        The commenter Truthful might have additional info about the other jokes..she’s French and I would assume the coverage of Cannes would be more in-depth out there.

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        @Saks, that is glorious.

        I know I commented below but I found this little tidbit in a Guardian post about the incident:

        “It later emerged that journalists from the Hollywood Reporter, the magazine that published Ronan Farrow’s article, were barred from the event. Allen’s publicist, Leslee Dart was quoted by the Hollywood Reporter as saying: “It’s only natural that I would show displeasure when the press — in this case, The Hollywood Reporter — goes out of its way to be harmful to my client.””

        Yeah. It was the PERFECT place.

      • tealily says:

        I agree. Talking about it at Cannes is what is getting everyone else to talk about it. Ruin Woody’s time. He has to address the accusations this way. What good does it do to bring it up when he’s not making public appearances and can avoid it?

      • Giddy says:

        @Saks, thanks for the video. Does anyone know if WA speaks French? One can hope!
        @littlemissnaughty, a perfect example of Allen’s power in action. After all, it would seem to me that The Hollywood Reporter was important in that particular setting, but not important enough if they step on toes evidently.

        And the rape “joke” may have not gone well, but comedians often say things that are uncomfortable, but true. It takes a type of courage to do what the MC did here, just as it took courage for Hannibal Buress to speak out about Cosby.

      • Truthful says:

        I am right here Kitten…. late but here.

        The other jokes WERE jokes. In fact except for the dig at WA they weren’t even questioned in France as other as jokes.

        There is also a very different take on jokes in France, no PC , actually it is expected to have no PC as a famous comedian from the 50s said: “there is no topic that are off-jokes… there are just people you don’t laugh about them with…very different”Pierre Desproges.
        And in France you can laugh about gays, Hitler, Holocaust, etc…

        Knowing how Laurent Lafitte rolls the WA was not a joke at all bu rather a major dig ate both him and Polanski.

        Laurent Lafitte was quite sarcastic during the Polanski debacle years ago and stated clearly his thoughts… I just love him! ;) even more for that :)

        ps: if you want some translation pls go ahead ask me what you want to be translated!

      • Original T.C. says:

        +100000 Serena

        Film festivals present movies about rape, the holocaust, murder, war, biopics, etc. so it seems particularly fitting unless you are only allowed to disscuss those topics if it’s about promoting your movie?

        And Blake, please miss me with with the fake dumb blonde act when you managed to manipulate The “Modelizer” and snatch up Ryan Reynolds from ScarJo. Your hair is as dark as mine and of course you or your agent read every media article coming out related to this movie.

      • Truthful says:

        @Giddy: Woody Allen speaks french , or at least understands it very very well :D

      • Jib says:

        They decide to #askhermore and she didn’t like it.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        @Saks
        Omg, thank you! It’s probably too late for you to see this, but that was awesome.

    • CornyBlue says:

      I mean i have heard the Woody Allen joke in its entirity and it is definitely not making light of rape. It mentions rape.

      • magnolia says:

        Exactly! Blake is not so smart…

      • Greenieweenie says:

        I listened to it, I don’t think he is making fun of rape–just mentions it like you said. Also didn’t realize the monologue is in French (durr makes sense) but it didn’t really seem like WA understood.

    • littlemissnaughty says:

      Serious question though. When is the time and place to bring it? Apparently, reporters are scared of the PR machine so in a sit-down interview where questions might be pre-approved, it’s probably a bad career move. So this dude, inappropriate as the circumstances might’ve been, dares to throw it out there. I say go forth and make everyone uncomfortable. It’s about time.

      This argument reminds me of people at parties never saying anything to the racist/xenophobic/misogynist idiot who decides to give offensive speeches. “Well, I didn’t want to ruin the party.” F*ck that, these people keep ruining MY evening too. I’m so tired of being polite.

      Btw, this gem? “Film festivals are such a beautiful, respectful festivals of film and artists and to have that, it felt like it wouldn’t have happened if it was in the 1940s. I can’t imagine Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby going out and doing that.”

      That’s the Antebellum girl talking, right? She lives in her little fashion/glamour bubble and apparently someone dared to take a needle to it. She really is not that intelligent.

      • tealily says:

        Yeah, Bing Crosby beat his kids. Let’s not act like Hollywood or the rest of the world was above reproach, even then!

      • teacakes says:

        you know, I always thought she had hair for brains and now she’s just gone and proved it. “beautiful and respectful”, my arse.

        You know what ISN’T “beautiful and respectful”? Child rape!

      • saltandpepper says:

        Cannes is not all about glamour and bubbles. Some very serious films get shown there that raise awareness about all kinds of issues. Some people attend it for the first and only time to get a platform for their movies and they have to sit through a distasteful opening ceremony that’s now dominating the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Very selfish of the MC and very embarrassing for everyone in attendance.

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        Cannes is about nothing but the glamour. Nobody remembers these serious films just because they premiered at Cannes! And THIS right here raises awareness. Can you name one film from last year that raised awareness for anything like this? You may not like the way it was done but it was about damn time.

      • Truthful says:

        @Littlemissnaughty: Mustang, La loi du marché, The lobster, deephan, Carol…. Yes those films maybe don’t raise awareness in the US, but…. there are other countries you know…where movies are considered as an art more than just entertainment and actors more than eye candy.

        How I do remember these movies? They were huge in my country!
        In France like in a lot of countries movies are supposed to rise awareness about something, to draw attention on something… something else than just pop popcorn for 90 mn.

        ps: in my country there are no equivalent to Blake Lively, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel , etc… as actresses ! Actors are supposed to have talent… not looks (indeed our actresses are normal looking….but very good)

        ps2: Cannes as Berlin or Venezia ARE the most important movies Festivals in term of Art and cultural recognition… not the oscars (Mad Max? Joy? Really?)

  4. perplexed says:

    Well, when she finally gets to read the piece about Woody, I hope she feels bad. I had no idea that the prosecutor had strong “probable cause” until I read that piece. I always wondered why the case didn’t go to trial, but Ronan Farrow cleared up the details for me.

    I don’t know if the joke was about rape itself so much as Woody Allen getting away with what he did.

    • Kitten says:

      She’ll never read it. Ignorance is bliss with these people. In order to keep up the façade and the protective code of silence around Woody Allen, callowness, insensitivity, and a general disregard is required.

      Too bad because I generally like Blake.

      • saltandpepper says:

        Kitten, it’s not about condoning his behaviour at all. It’s about having respect for the hundreds of other filmmakers there who are excited about showcasing movies they’ve been working on for years, documentaries that deal with very serious matters, movies that some people have dedicated their lives to. Now the shadow of this incident hangs over the entire festival. Sure, he got to WA, but he also caused discomfort for many other people who didn’t deserve to be put in a situation where WA is now going to dominate. It’s very unfair for people who have looked forward to this event for months and some cases even years. Middle Eastern issues, the refugee situation are just some of the issues being addressed that now have to take a backseat because this won’t stop any time soon, especially now that WA has also addressed it during a press conference that was supposed to focus on the film. Take other people’s feelings into account too and respect their life work. That was just conveniently pushed to the side. That was wrong.

      • Jade says:

        My general like for her is decreasing now…

        I think she will read it. But for her future interviews, she will filter out any questions about the article to avoid talking about it.

    • Tammy says:

      I remember when the allegations against Woody Allen first broke and it is like Ronan states in his piece, I believe Dylan. The prosecutor had probable cause to pursue these allegations but Dylan couldn’t proceed with a trial. Mia Farrow chose to protect her child above all else despite what she knew would come: repeated attacks against her and Dylan by Woody Allen.

      Actors, journalists, etc would rather look away than face something staring them in the face: they are responsible and accountable for Woody Allen becoming all too powerful to take down.

  5. QQ says:

    this poor wilting fragile flower Woody, needing protection and people babying him at every f*cking turn.. enough

  6. Frosty says:

    I feel the venue being inappropriate for the jokes was part of the point and that these rapists, Woody, Cosby, Polanski – the whole business is their damn ‘safe place.” A joke in a live public forum is probably the only public place anyone says anything uncontrolled about this creep.

    • Bebe says:

      There is never a venue that’s appropriate for rape, homophobic or Hitler jokes. Calling him out is right on but it’s the jokes that followed that were distasteful.

      • Frosty says:

        Yes, but from what I read it sounded more like a jibe than a “joke” – and the object wasn’t to make fun of rape, but to make Allen (and Polanski) squirm. Hard to tell tone though, from what was printed

      • teacakes says:

        The jokes weren’t against the victim, they were against Allen.

        In that situation, disrespect away, I say!

      • Truthful says:

        he didn’t make homophobic jokes , or jokes about Hitler, concerning the later he actually QUOTED woody Allen when he said “listening to Wagner makes me want to invade Poland” and he addressed the fact that he was QUOTING WA.

    • Tonka says:

      This. Of course it’s inappropriate and made people uncomfortable, that’s the point. Free speech is often uncomfortable. I assume if it was offensive the audience groaned or withheld their laughter and applause. Now they are using their free speech to condemn it and we’re all talking about it. Works for me.

      • Lirko says:

        Right. Just as Hannibal Buress got the whole Cosby ball rolling again after a brief mention in his act (again using comedy to spark serious discussion).

      • Truthful says:

        Free speech isn’t a French principle since WW2, if you INDEED say something racist , homophobic, etc…. you can be prosecuted.
        What i-he said was a joke

  7. serena says:

    Of course. Blake lives in her own world, she just want the glamour part of that and doesn’t want to see the other side of the medal, in this case the ugly dirty truth. So it’s easy to slam the only one who talked about it (and yes, I’m sure normally he would have got on my nerves too), instead of the one who DID it. And don’t give me that crap about ‘not having read the article yet’ it’s been know from years.
    Rape is a serious thing only when it’s not something related to her, otherwise it can wait.

    It’s not the appropriate place to talk about this issue but let’s invite/stand beside a pedophile/molester and leave it like that.
    Can’t wait to read what the other actors will say. Bunch of hypocrites.

  8. Mia4s says:

    Hahahahahaha! Bing Crosby? Well gee Blake you can’t imagine him making that joke but can you imagine the abuse his sons suffered?! Yeah invoke that “golden” age of Hollywood, golden for who? 🙄 Maybe the joke was ill timed but someone has to fight the silence. Nice try at sounding knowledgable, but swing and strike three.

    • zinjojo says:

      No kidding, she certainly likes to romanticize past times. That she clearly knows nothing about. 1940s Hollywood is her point of reference? Sure, as long as you were a white male, it was a great place. Just like the Antebellum south spread that she featured on her website. She needs to keep her mouth shut. Or better yet, maybe read and learn something, but let’s not kid ourselves that will ever happen.

      • Dingding says:

        She does know. She has a degree in English (literature?).

        Edit:
        Uuuups, nope, just High School.

        Nevertheless you wonder if slavery and antisemitism and US history isn’t taught at High School when you hear her talk. Can’t her publicist help her sound smarter or is that too hard?

    • lucy2 says:

      That stuck out to me too. I’ve been getting into the history of old Hollywood, and wow, was there anyone not steeped in scandal? It all just got swept under the rug to keep up the illusion then, but it’s a lot harder to do now, thankfully.

    • tealily says:

      Yup, of all the people to chose she picks another child abuser. This chick is clueless.

    • hogtowngooner says:

      Exactly, she fancies herself to be some sort of appreciator of history, but she’s utterly clueless. It’s the same as her love of Antebellum stuff. All she sees is the glossed over, privileged white people side of it.

      It’s like those tea partiers who long for the “good old days” which weren’t so great if you were anything but a white man.

      • Dingding says:

        I wonder how Dicaprio could stand her. He is a bit of a history buff and rather well-read.

  9. sun says:

    she is so dumb

  10. Kellyrae says:

    I feel like she’s saying ‘hey I don’t know the details so I’m not involved’ but if you’re going to work with woody Allen you should know the details. Surely she’s aware in some way even though she hasn’t read the piece. $ talks.

    • serena says:

      she wanted the money and fame that comes from working with him, and that’s all.

      • anon says:

        I heard she didn’t get paid for her role and that woody usually either doesn’t pay his actors or pay very little.

  11. als says:

    This might not be the right venue for this joke, but it is the only one. No one else wants to deal with this issue, everyone is silent everywhere.
    People need to be pushed and pushing is never comfortable, polite or clean.
    Sorry, Blake, go back to your perfect life!

  12. NUTBALLS says:

    While rape is nothing to joke about, I have no problem with Allen being made uncomfortable with the comparison to Polanski or those actors that choose to work with him being put in a defensive position. I hope every promo event guarantees a question that gets them all squirming in their seats. It should be par for the course when promoting one of Woody’s films.

    • siri says:

      Absolutely. Cannes is as good a place as any. Plus, film festivals are business as well, not just small talk. When one chooses to work for this man, it’s a conscious decision- and that DOES raise some questions.

  13. SM says:

    Why don’t all of these Woody Allen actors just admit that they do not care about rape or crime and punishment, they just want to work. At least I would applaud their honesty. This excuse of Oh I haven’t read that article so I can’ t speak to that is total bs, she worked with him she must know about the allegations. But it is also interesting that none of the Allen actors voice their support for Allen. Probablly they know that there is some truth to the allegations. And I did laugh at her notw that this is not something that would happen in the 40s. Blake would lovveee to go back to the 40s and just be a housewife not required to use her brain.

    • Dingding says:

      Blake’s Brain?

      ;-) )))

      I too wish WA would get shunned more openly by society. Surely his cinematic merits don’t excuse what he very likely has done to Dylan.
      I am a bit astonished that WA and Soon-Yi were able to adopt children. I really wonder what those children will tell when they will be independent. Likely as there are no legal judgements against Allen there is nothing that can be used to prevent him from adopting ???

  14. Bebe says:

    She’s right. Rape jokes, homophobic jokes, and Hitler jokes are not okay. It’s wrong to even joke about those topics in any setting and I don’t see how anyone can say what she said was wrong. Like there are people who are saying “wow she’s dumb. It’s just a joke,” when in reality it’s not. These “jokes” happen without any regard to how the victims feel. Having said all of that her actions however…i.e. Working with Woody, that’s a different story and I don’t want to get into all of it for the sake of it just being Blake Lively.
    Also addressing an issue and making jokes about an issue aren’t the same thing. Now Blake do us all a favor and go up to Woody and say those things to him. Rape is NOT okay…

    • tealily says:

      This wasn’t a joke about a rape, it was a jab at Woody Allen (and Roman Polanski) that had the word rape in it because they raped people. This “joke” has addressed the issue more directly than anyone else at Cannes seems to be.

    • Jane.fr says:

      Even if “Rape jokes, homophobic jokes, and Hitler jokes are not okay” , in that precise instance they WERE NOT Rape jokes, homophobic jokes, nor Hitler jokes.

  15. Kelly says:

    Oh, please. “The artists…”

    I am sure the celebs there didn’t want to hear any reference to Woody’s sexual predilection as it is so much easier to pretend that Woody Allen is still just some quirky director rather than dealing with the fact that he is potentially/probably a pedophile. Excuse me, an incestuous pedophile.

  16. Mia V. says:

    A rape joke or a Hitler joke or a gay joke aren’t OK, but working with a rapist and child molester is not either.

    • Who ARE these people? says:

      And it didn’t seem to be a joke about rape itself…if I followed it right. It seemed to be a barbed “dig” at Woody Allen. A “Woody Allen you’re a rapist so you get to work in Europe” joke. And maybe a “We in European film turn a blind eye more easily than you Americans” joke, though it would be hard to say whether that is seen as a good or a bad thing. Either “shame on us” or “we’re not prudes like the USA.” Because viewing child rape as criminal is another sign of American Puritanism, like banning nude beaches. Or maybe the guy was really offended and tried to say something and it was not easy. Or something else. It was not straightforward but it sure stuck an elbow in the side and got the conversation going. Now it can overshadow the movie itself. Good. Who is funding Allen’s annual films? Someone should go after them.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        My take, as well. I don’t think the intention was to make light of child molestation or rape, but to dig at Woody Allen.

      • Starkiller says:

        +1000. It was a slam at Americans in general, not sure how this is going over everyone else’s head.

      • Dingding says:

        Nah, pedophilia is taken as seriously in Europe as it is in the USA. And it was in Europe where Woody Allen was publicly accused of pedophilia albeit in a joke. And it was/is in the USA where Dylan Farrow received a smear campaign.

        @Who are these people
        You made a very good point there: Who finances WA’s movies?
        Hopefully the financiers of WA’s movies will have to answer a few questions, too. Perhaps that is the only way of getting back at him: via the money.
        WA’s deeds must be dragged into the glaring light of public attention. It seems to be the only way.

      • Jane.fr says:

        It was not a joke about rape but a very ironic “how nice of you to come working in Europe/France, when you’re not forced into exile by a rape conviction… like someone will shall not name. Oh but Oups! guess you’re kind of are…”

  17. The Eternal Side-Eye says:

    Aww did they make her extra-special little moment to wear a dress and feel super duper pretty with the rapist by her side uncomfortable?

    Boo boo.

    Her and her ilk don’t want to be reminded of how they turned their back on the unforgiveable simply because it was unconvenient. Screw her and the rest of them.

    • Tess says:

      THANK YOU! What a cop out of an answer “I haven’t read it so I can’t speak to it” Bulls-t. Bulls-t. Everyone knows all about Woody Allen.

      • Who ARE these people? says:

        Yeah, you didn’t have to read Mein Kampf in the ’30s to know Hitler was an anti-Semite.

      • tealily says:

        And at this point, she probably should have read it. This is willful ignorance, solely because she wants to be able to answer questions that way instead of actually having to think about the issue and address it.

    • Marty says:

      What I want to know Eternal, is where is the line for this people? Chris Rock made a joke about lynching at the Oscars and the “artists” in that room were all to happy to laugh along. Tina Fey and Amy P. made a joke about the Cosby rape allegations. Amy Schumer has made numerous racial and sexual jokes, so where is their threshold exactly. Or is it more acceptable when these jokes are aimed at minorities?

      • Kitten says:

        “Or is it more acceptable when these jokes are aimed at minorities?”

        That’s possible. Although Cosby has a legion of white dudes that spam the boards defending him. Probably our friends from 4Chan.

        But yeah back to your question: I too have no idea where the line is. I usually go with my gut when it comes to comedy–if it’s funny I won’t be offended, but it takes such a light touch and tone/context/delivery and WHO is making the joke are so important. It truly is an art form.

      • Marty says:

        So true Kitten.

        And my last sentence was meant be less snarky then it came off as. What I meant to say is that it seems, in Hollywood at least, that it’s less about the types of jokes being told and more about who they’re directed at.

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        To answer you last sentence: Yes. Here comes Chris Rock to tell them that they’re better than lynchers, so when all is said and done, they can completely disregard anything that follows because they didn’t own slaves, or something. That joke was on black people made by a black guy, here was as good and convenient an opportunity as any to listen to a black person.

        I’m not in any way saying Bill Cosby should be let off, but why do you suppose that you get idiots like Judd Apatow making a second career out of reminding people of Cosby’s crimes and really proud of himself for it, while keeping silent about ‘his hero’? Bill Cosby was a lot of people’s hero, as well, but if they have to face facts and accept that their hero is a monster, so does he. But Apatow seems generally clueless about race and women, guru that he imagines himself to be. Good Lord is he smug.

  18. BunnyBear says:

    Yes, if only we could go back to the innocent time of the 1940s when wealthy white men were never questioned, and had all the power instead of just some of it. Their treatment these days is so unfair.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I was thinking the same thing. In the 40s, Dylan would never have dared to come forward. She would never have been believed. She would probably have thought it was all her fault. It would never have been made public. Those were the days, right?

      • Marty says:

        That’s why it baffles me that people still think she’s lying. Dylan literally changed her name to get away from the scrutiny. Coming out to tell her side was incredibly brave.

      • BunnyBear says:

        Exactly. Though didn’t she also write some blog post about how “romantic” the antebellum period of the south was? I just…

      • Who ARE these people? says:

        That’s right! I want to like her but then she says these stupid things.

      • Magnoliarose says:

        She’s making it hard to like her with all things considered. I get her saying the other subjects aren’t funny but this a film industry event where they are roasting their own.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        Exactly, GNAT–this is making me think of my great grandmother–who was raped in that timeframe….at age 14. We only found out after her funeral (she died at 98!) that she had been raped and given birth to a son, that was put up for adoption. She never said a word to anyone–not to us, not to her husband, not her kids. Not even when she met her son back in the ’90s. My uncle actually met him, and thought he was just a guest (she had operated a hotel during that time)……..

        She dealt with the aftermath alone, and the only thing she ever said was that she was tricked……to her son.

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        Those days sound a lot like these days, but instead of people not believing her, they now just don’t care. Non-rhetorical question: Is that worse?

        And real smart bringing up Bing Crosby, Antebellum Barbie. It’s just like when everyone ruined your fun, huh? Back in the 1780s, Martha Washington would never have brought up slavery at a dinner party, because it was just uncouth. At least no one can take her plantation wedding away from her. Sounds like a a fixation. Next, she’ll tell us about how Errol Flynn must have been a perfect gentleman because he was just so darn dashing. She seems to like the look and the romance of things and doesn’t consider the dirt on the rag that made the images glitter so in the polishing. I don’t think she wants to.

        I truly don’t know if she read the piece, or not. On one hand, it’s tempting to think that it would be impossible, but I tend to think that she probably wraps herself in ignorance so that she doesn’t have to give an opinion and make a choice (though she already did by working with him). There’s a power in, ‘Um, I don’t know.’

    • zinjojo says:

      This comment about the 1940s really got me. It connects to her antebellum south feature on her website — she sees an aesthetic that appeals to her and stops there, at that superficial level with no historical context or understanding. She is completely ignorant and doesn’t care that she is.

  19. haley1020 says:

    when will you fade into obscurity again ughhhhh

  20. The Original Mia says:

    Better to let people think you’re stupid than to give them proof, Blake. You’re working with a known pedophile, who groomed his wife while also molesting his daughter. STFU and grab a clue. Who cares if the people lauding him felt uncomfortable being confronted with the hypocrisy of the industry that allows people who rape and molest and worst to be worshipped as anything other than monsters. Seriously, have a seat, chile!

  21. haley1020 says:

    if she actually thinks she’s going to win an oscar for appearing in this movie than she’s more delusional than i thought (the same goes for kristen stewart lol)

    • tiny martian says:

      I doubt Blake expects to win an Oscar. Kristen Stewart though? Maybe.

      I’m frankly disappointed that Blake was the one who got this question. I would have rather seen it put towards Jesse or Kristen, who apparently discussed and justified their decision to work with Woody, or to Steve Carell, who is old enough to remember the Dylan incident from an adult perspective when it actually took place.

      • haley1020 says:

        the day kristen stewart gets nominated or even wins an oscar is the day i cut off my left hand lol

      • CornyBlue says:

        Why not ask everyone in the cast including Blake ? Also they did ask Kristen. I saw her quote somewhere.

      • teacakes says:

        Kstew did get the question about working with Woody, and answered pretty directly that she and Jesse Eisenberg had discussed it and decided the experience would be ‘rewarding’ so they decided to do this film.

        I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but after hearing this ‘film festivals are beautiful and respectful places! Big Crosby!’ nonsense from Blake, I’m actually starting to respect Kstew a little more for just owning her desire to work and not hiding behind some bs excuse, however horrible it is.

      • Veronica says:

        Aye, as gross as her admission was, at least she addressed it and owned her reason for doing it. Most who work with him just ignore the elephant in the room.

    • CornyBlue says:

      Kristen is definitely getting nominated this year. I hope it is not for this.

  22. holly hobby says:

    My mother always said if you don’t want people to talk negatively about you, then don’t do it. What that pervert did was inexcusable. It should be thrown in his face all the time. Yes it may be distasteful at a film festival but Cannes was the same place where Polanski was glorified a couple of years ago.

    I’m sorry if the pervert is crying over this but Dylan has been living with the aftermath for years!

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Thank you. Dylan has been living with the aftermath for years – perfect. That’s what matters, and that’s the first thing people want to forget.

  23. Jaded says:

    The thirst is so strong with her that she’ll justify anyone in order to move her career ahead.

  24. Bridget says:

    Oh the irony of anyone at Cannes shading Roman Polanski like he wasn’t there just a few years ago.

    • Sam says:

      Exactly. All of them are a bunch of hypocrites. Actions speak louder than words.

    • CornyBlue says:

      Just because one person was not persecuted does not mean another should not be.

      • Bridget says:

        That wasn’t what I was inferring at all. Rather, the fact that the MC is making a critical comment as though Cannes hadn’t just been welcoming Polanski with arms wide open. I’d like to see them condemn both men.

      • CornyBlue says:

        @Bridget: I absolutely wholeheartedly agree with this. If/ when he comes to Cannes i want this or some other comedian to drag him so hard. But now that Allen is here let him have his fill

    • Annetommy says:

      Polanski’s “The Pianist” is a masterpiece, with a phenomenal central performance by Adrien Brody. It brings home the horror of the Holocaust in a way that very few films have, possibly because of Polanski’s personal experience of it. I was not aware of the details of Polanski’s offence when I saw the film several times, although I knew that he was wanted for a crime. Does his character invalidate the film? If I had known more, would I have gone to see it? Frankly I don’t know. I do know that if I had gone to see it knowing the circumstances of the offence,it would certainly not have been an endorsement of his actions.

      • Bridget says:

        Whether the art and the person can be separated is a personal decision, and I genuinely won’t judge you if you feel that you can separate them.

        For a while there, people had forgotten the nature of Polanski’s crime and had softened on it considerably. It was only after there was a (justified) outcry to remind people of exactly what he did, that it came back into the common knowledge.

  25. CornyBlue says:

    You are working with a goddamn rapist Blake. You have no right to stand and say what should or should not be said. Also what the comedian said to Woody Allen was a straight out drag. And he deserves this so damn much.

  26. Sam says:

    I find it odd that Blake was the one who got asked these questions. Why did no one dare ask Jessie or Kristen who have already justified themselves in working with Woody. While everyone is going to be talking about what Blake said now, she’s just not important enough to create the kind of controversy that would kick start a movement to get Allen out of Hollywood. One of the stars of the movie like Kristen or Jessie need to be asked these questions. Not someone who is in the film for like 10 minutes.

    • Bridget says:

      Kristen already spoke about it.

    • Rachel says:

      I equally seem a little confused by how this thread is brimming with hatred for Blake taking the role, when Cate Blanchett, seemingly the darling of everyone here, won her Oscar for ‘Blue Jasmine’ just a couple of years ago. Her response to Dylan’s open letter was extremely brief and vague. It seems like some actors get a pass on this, and Blake is getting hounded a) because of her idiotic comments about how beautiful film festivals are but also b) because she’s less liked around here.

      • Bridget says:

        A lot of the folks that are condemning Blake absolutely condemned Cate the same way.

      • Goldie says:

        Plenty of people criticized Cate during her Oscar campaign for Blue Jasmine. Blake Lively is currently promoting her Woody Allen film. This thread is about her reaction to a joke about him, so of course people are going to call her out on her hypocrisy. i.e. Rape jokes are inappropriate but it’s ok to work with an alleged child molester.
        Now if people continue to bash her for working with Allen on EVERY thread about her in the future, then I could see your point. As of right now I don’t see a double standard in terms of how she’s being treated compared to other actors who worked with him.

      • nicegirl says:

        Yep, not a fan of Blanchett myself. I don’t watch any of their (the associated folks’) work. When I find I have done it inadvertently, I’m bummed. Did I read correctly, Steve Carrell is one of the newest actors to work with him? Hope not. Has Kirsten Dunst worked with him and I missed it, too? Geez.

        At least we have books.

  27. Embee says:

    If the joke was not about “rape” but about a rapist and his ability to remain protected by his wealth and power, then that’s EXACTLY what comedy is for: highlighting absurdities in our world. It’s funny and that hurts; pay attention to the hurt and follow the pain to it’s source. In this case “I am working with a rapist/pedophile and I’m horrified with my decision to do so but it’s funny because EVERYONE ELSE HERE IS COMPLICIT AS WELL OMG HAVE WE ALL GONE MAD???” Also, it’s even funnier that we are worrying about these pampered people’s feelings about their party and not the psyche of an abused child. I find that hilarious to the point of tears.

  28. Saks says:

    Funny that this comes from the woman who was romanticizing the Antebellum era…. And as I said in an upper comment, I’d like to listen those supposed jokes in context, because I don’t doubt Blake might be reaching just to discredit Laurent Lafitte’s joke about her pedo director

  29. Bjf says:

    Let’s remember that the Cosby floodgates opened after a “joke.” Comedy isn’t always just about a laugh – it can be a means of change and progress.

    • Colette says:

      And it took dozens and dozens of victims to come forward after the joke was made.

    • sar says:

      Vivre Lafitte! Comedie Americaine needs to catch up keep the jokes coming at the expense and in the presence of the rapists. They maybe above the law but when their peers and the masses are laughing at them and not allowing them to exist without a public connection to their crimes it will create a gilded cage of sorts.

      • Starkiller says:

        Except that’s clearly not what the “joke” was aimed at. It was a slam at Americans for being prudes. Comedie Française needs to work on reading comprehension.

  30. Colette says:

    People.com just posted some quotes from Woody Allen,”I have moved on.I never think about it.I think it’s silly…”

  31. Jay (the Canadian one) says:

    Taking a jab at an accused rapist is not the same as making light of rape. Should we remind her that it was just such a joke that brought a certain degree of focus and vindication to the victims of Bill Cosby?

  32. Nic919 says:

    I just watched it. It was not a rape joke. Lafitte said that Woody Allen has been working a lot in Europe even though he has not been convicted of rape in the US. And then he said that the French get tiny roles in his films so they are kept in their place.

    Some of the crowd laughed, but this was not a joke about rape so much as a slam on his creepy behaviour and an indirect reference to Polanski too.

  33. shewolf says:

    I read what the “joke” was and in my opinion it’s way too calculated to have just been a sloppy one. One can’t point this kind of thing out at an event like that without it being a “disturbance” but one can certainly make an uncomfortable “joke” to make everyone uncomfortable.

  34. dotgirl says:

    You know what else isn’t funny? Actual rape. Or working with child rapists. Just sayin’, Blake.

  35. Bonnie says:

    You guys wanted the people who work with him to talk about it…well now they’re talking. Don’t ridicule them for what they have to say because then the rest of them won’t ever talk. Just let them talk so we can all see how stupid they look. The only thing I’ll give Blake is that she didn’t justify working with Woody like Kristen did.

    • Jegede says:

      I do wonder why Kristen’s support for him is being dismissed
      Psych! Of course I’m not wondering why that is.

      However the recent quote Blake Lively gave the LA Times on this, is stupid and gross.

  36. Agatha says:

    She’s a feminist nightmare, hehe. Jokes about Hitler are not jokes – right, then what about Allen movies – half of them consist of jokes about Hitler. But she propably only seen the ones with Scarlett Johansson, so she’s such a fan… Give me a break.
    As for 40′s Hollywood, it was even more sexist than it is now. Monroe was sexually assaulted many times in her career. But why would she know that.

    I love how this world of fake glamour is exposing itself as a rotten apple that it really is. Juicy.

  37. sar says:

    Vivre Lafitte! Comedie Americaine needs to catch up keep the jokes coming at the expense and in the presence of the rapists. They maybe above the law but when their peers and the masses are laughing at them and not allowing them to exist without a public connection to their crimes it will create a gilded cage of sorts.

  38. Tig says:

    How in the world were reporters from THR banned from the event? Good grief- a perfect example of what Ronan was talking about. Re Blake- I agree- why ask these questions to her? And thought I saw somewhere that Jesse E said he didn’t remember any conversation with KS as she indicated. Hope this makes festivals think long and hard bef spotlighting another WA film. Wonder if the Amazon project with Miley gets pulled?

    • The Original Mia says:

      According to Twitter, THR was banned because they published an article about the manipulative manner of Woody’s PR team.

      • tiny martian says:

        So let me get this straight: Woody’s manipulative PR team managed to get THR banned because they printed an article which described said team as being manipulative?

        Seems to me like they proved Ronan’s point.

      • lucy2 says:

        So true – I never would have pictured him as having this crazy strong PR team, but damn. How can those people live with themselves?

  39. HoustonGrl says:

    If rape is no laughing matter, then why do all these people continue to support a rapist?

  40. sar says:

    La honte doit changer de camps ! Bravo vous avez tout mon soutien Monsieur Laffite !

  41. Cora says:

    Let’s not forget that people finally started taking the Bill Cosby accusations seriously when Hannibal Buress made a joke about them in his stand up comedy act. I wouldn’t accuse Hannibal of not taking the accusations seriously just because he mentioned them in his comedy act. Quite the contrary. Jokes can be powerful.

    • Boo says:

      Excellent point!

    • Ames says:

      THIS.

      Few things have the power to make us collectively look at something in a completely different way as the things that make us laugh.

      It’s been my experience that the more profoundly uncomfortable something makes the people who tend to breathlessly insist “gosh, we shouldn’t be talking about this,” the MORE WE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT IT.

      Blake’s pretty, but she’s as dumb as that hair growing out of her head.

  42. Green Is Good says:

    Say bland, boring, sharp-as-a-pound- of-wet-leather Blake; I have a big, fancy word for you: Antebellum.

    Move along, little lady. Wrong banner to carry to carry.

  43. perplexed says:

    I’m not sure what was actually said during the “joke” but if a joke on a certain topic is inappropriate, I’m not sure if it’s logical that you’d be willing to work with someone like Woody Allen.

  44. Josefina says:

    Hollywood has been protecting this creep for a long, long time. A joke and a few questions are the very least he could take.

  45. So poor taste jokes offend her but child molestation’s cool. Okay, good to know.

  46. DVSG says:

    They all turn a blind eye to work with him because of the paycheck and the spotlight. It’s F’ing disgusting.

  47. Margo S. says:

    Blake should be ashamed of herself. She’s obviously to scared to lose her place in Hollywood by saying anything but that’s no excuse. She goes on & on about the rape joke and how bad that was but when asked point blank about Ronans essay she refuses to answer. Eff off Blake.

  48. hmmm says:

    “…has a point about how it might not be the right moment and venue to make light of such a serious topic and issue….”

    So when is the right moment and venue? The guy slammed Woody and he did it in front of media and multitudes. Any time is the right time, IMO.

    • Lee says:

      True!

      Also, from Eonline:
      “Later on she (Blake) continued to defend her director. “It’s amazing what Woody has written for women,” she told the Los Angeles Times. She also explained that she hadn’t read any of the controversial news surrounding Allen and his personal life.
      “It’s very dangerous to factor in things you don’t know anything about,” she said. “I could [only] know my experience. And my experience with Woody is he’s empowering to women.”

      Disgusting.

  49. Net says:

    I just wish they would all quit falling all over themselves to try and make themselves look ignorant of the subject.
    Lets call a spade a spade here.
    They chose accolades and money over making a stand against sexual abuse.
    They chose to work with a known sex offender because he could further their career and now they are pleading ignorance, when you know damn well they have all heard the rumors and read the accusations.

  50. Elyna says:

    Kaiser, I applaud what I believe to be your best comment yet: If rape and child molestation shouldn’t be joked about, then it’s not something that can be ignored either…

    Thank you!

  51. Drs. Fixxie says:

    Woody Allen and wife can look after James on date nights, no bigie.
    ‘ITS no Joke’, Blake. You’re right!!

  52. missus says:

    let’s boycott the shallow!

  53. Redgrl says:

    Dear Blake Lively,
    Would you let woody Allen babysit your daughter?
    Didn’t think so.
    So don’t be a hypocrite.

  54. Cacao says:

    Reminds me of that moment when Scorsese (sp?) and De Niro gave Elia Kazan a special Oscar all those years ago. A lot of people booed and Ed Harris and his wife crossed their arms. There’s a line to be crossed beyond which you can’t really celebrate or separate artistic merit from the person’s everyday acts, which could well be criminal. Roman Polanski and Woody Allen have had it VERY easy (there’s more than enough evidence to assume they’ve committed criminal acts and only their money and fame have saved them). And these actors are opportunists for thinking it’s okay to work with them.

    Also Mia Farrow doesn’t come away unscathed. She knew there was stuff going on and she even instructed the nannies to never leave Allen alone with their daughter (the one who was sexually abused).

    • Dimsummum says:

      I lurrve Ed Harris and Amy Madigan….love that they took a stand that night.

      Agree with everything else you say BTW.

  55. Cindy Lou says:

    Some of you may wish to take a look at my comment on the other Woody Allen thread today. It is number 36. I did some research and the results are ugly. Actually frightening when you consider he has two little girls in his home.

    Why, in the name of God and everything decent, can the media not report this lifelong, documented sexual obsession he has with under age girls? It was a very easy search. My skin crawls when I wonder what a deep search would find.

  56. Elizabeth says:

    Two things.

    1. Will you please put the comment form at the top of the comments instead of the bottom? It takes a while to scroll down on a smartphone instead of a computer. Thanks!

    2. Blake should ask herself whether she’d let Woody take care of her daughter before she works with him. She’s established enough that she didn’t have to work with him.

  57. Xman says:

    I don’t know about Blake that much, the only film I saw her in is the one with Ryan. As for Woody, I never care about his film that much after I found out about him marrying his current wife. That was a long time ago. Doesn’t matter if Cate Blanched won Oscar or not for her role. Can we all here stop watching his film.? That is the only way to stop him. He disgust me.

  58. Ariel says:

    So, Blake Lively’s position is: I’m fine with everybody agreeing to pretend Woody Allen didn’t molest his daughter, but I won’t sit quietly in the face of bad jokes! ?? People are f-ed up.