Over the weekend, Woody Allen decided to offer his opinion on the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and if there was ever a guy whose opinion matters less when it comes to Harvey Weinstein, it’s Woody Allen. Like, dude: You, and Oliver Stone, and Casey Affleck and Ben Affleck: You guys just sit this one out. Just go over into your corners and shut your fucking yaps. No one cares what you think on this particular matter.
Unfortunately, our indifference to the opinions of Woody Allen didn’t stop Woody from speaking his mind. “Tragic for all women involved and sad for Harvey,” Woody Allen told the BBC, before offering that he worried that the revelations would lead to a “witch hunt atmosphere, a Salem atmosphere, where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself.”
Oh Woody. I’ll let Kristy take this:
If you think the Weinstein scandal means men can no longer flirt with women, you must be really fucking atrocious at flirting.— Kristy Puchko (@KristyPuchko) October 15, 2017
As long as you’re not in a position of power over the woman you are winking at, winking is fine up and until you are asked to stop winking, or it has become apparent that your winks are unwanted. On the other hand, playing grab ass with a woman, groping her, shoving your hand down her pants, or fucking your step-daughter — these things are still off limits.
“As the husband of a daughter…” https://t.co/Wnka8UxnJc— Katie Rich (@katiemaryrich) October 15, 2017
As for the witch hunt? This is a pretty good point on that front:
Wish men would stop using "witch hunt" -which describes mass hysteria that led to the deaths of innocent women- to mean "ppl are mad at me"— Anne Thériault (@anne_theriault) October 15, 2017
Anyway, Allen quickly realized that showing sympathy for a serial harasser and rapist was probably not a great PR move on his part, so yesterday, he “clarified” himself.
“When I said I felt sad for Harvey Weinstein I thought it was clear the meaning was because he is a sad, sick man,” Allen said in a statement.
Woody: You’re a writer. You know how to use words. You know how to construct sentences, and in no universe (except that the universe inside Donald Trump’s head) does “sad for Harvey” = “Harvey is a sad, sick man.” How is that clear?
But good! I’m glad you clarified that statement, anyway, because it frees us to continue loathing you for all those other reasons we have loathed you for years.