Wow, accusations really ruin men’s careers, don’t they? If I may paraphrase eternal fave John Mulaney, how on earth do we react to accusations that have been public record for over twenty five years? It truly leaves us tangled in a moral quandary.
Several months after Amazon Studios quietly shelved Woody Allen’s next film, A Rainy Day in New York, Allen is back at work and re-teaming with Spain’s Mediapro, one of Europe’s biggest independent film-TV companies, to develop his new film. It will probably be filmed in Spain, but no other details are known. That’s pretty common for Allen movies. ‘The project is still at an initial step and it is too early to talk about locations or other details’, a spokesperson for Mediapro told Variety. Allen has, of course, made films in Spain before, most notably Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Allen also recently filed a $68m suit against Amazon for cancelling their agreed-upon production-distribution deal.
Look, we all knew this was what would happen with Allen, and frankly, more accused men than we’re willing to admit. For all the forced hysteria over witch hunts and feminism run rampant, very few of these major men accused of sexual harassment and abuse in the wake of the #MeToo movement have faced anything remotely resembling judgement or consequence. There will always be people willing to throw money at ‘great men’ because for them, the concept of separating art from the artist is best used when it’s bastardized beyond its original theory. Allen remains highly respected in France and across Europe, where his films still headline festivals and he is able to claim tax credits. That won’t stop anytime soon, even though he hasn’t exactly been setting the box office alight for several years now, not to mention the steady stream of dire reviews.
Amazon aren’t exactly clean when it comes to this mess. Sure, they eventually scrapped that deal but they still gave it to him in the first place. They still threw tens of millions of dollars at him and continued to do so until it became too embarrassing for them to keep it up. And major actors lined up around the block to be in those films: Kate Winslet, Kristen Stewart, Miley Cyrus, Timothee Chalamet, Selena Gomez, to name but five. Everyone thinks they’re an ally or supporter until it hurts their bottom line. Plenty of actors will still want to work with Allen. Javier Bardem has already said he’d be happy to reunite with him on future projects.
And remember: What he was accused of - which was nothing short of raping his daughter - has been a matter of public record since the early 1990s. The idea that nobody knew about this or that it was a recent development is a total fraud.
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