Lena Dunham "nauseated" and "disgusted" by Woody Allen

Plus, the actress thinks he makes "really bad" movies


Prachi Gupta
March 18, 2014 4:25AM (UTC)

"Girls" creator Lena Dunham has become one of the few Hollywood elites to speak out against Woody Allen, who is alleged to have sexually abused his daughter, Dylan Farrow, when she was 7 years old. The actress, who does not shy away from controversy, told comedian Marc Maron that she is “nauseated” and "disgusted" by the legendary director. “In the latest Woody Allen debate I'm decidedly pro-Dylan Farrow and decidedly disgusted with Woody Allen's behavior,” Dunham said on Maron's podcast, "WTF with Marc Maron."

Dunham cautioned others, however, against looking for clues of molestation in the director's art:

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“I think that you can decide that you don't want to support the work of somebody who has molested a child. That's a completely appropriate choice. But going through it and saying, look, he's told us in 57 ways that he rapes kids — that's not the thing. The thing is to look at the actual evidence that exists in the world, which I think strongly suggests that Woody Allen is in the wrong. But for me the point is not to go through his one-act plays looking for references to child molestation. Because I'm not comfortable living in a world where art is part of how we convict people of crimes.”

“People who really believe Woody Allen is guilty have not felt comfortable saying that, because they're so afraid to lose their connection to his work. And the thing is, I feel like people need to understand that you can hold two positions in your mind," Dunham continued. "I was so unimpressed by people's inability to think in less binary ways and to just experience the ambiguity that life is constantly offering up.”

But Dunham doesn't have to enter a space that so many deem uncomfortable, because, as she put it, Allen's art "got really bad."

“I mean for me," Dunham revealed, "I haven't wanted to watch his movies for a long time, partially because of who I think he is and partially because I think they got really bad."

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h/t TheWrap


Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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