Lena Dunham and Mindy Kaling spoke to a packed room in Park City about humor as a conversation piece, sexual assault, and, of course, Woody Allen. Dunham has talked about Woody Allen in the past. The Girls creator has said the allegations that Allen sexually molested his estranged daughter, Dylan Farrow, made her “nauseated.”
This time around, she let Woody Allen’s work come into the conversation. The conversation happened when Dunham pointed out that the dialogue from her character Hannah Horvath wasn’t a total representation of who she was, yet people think everything is a true representation.
— ELI ₦ATHA₦AEL (@Eli_Nathanael) January 25, 2015
“I don’t think that Larry David or Woody Allen or anyone else playing some version of themselves is walking around with a million people who think they know and understand them on a deep abiding level.”
— Betsy Soler (@bsoler) January 25, 2015
Then the Girls creator really dug in deep to Woody Allen’s career and the current public perception that’s only recently stayed with him.
“Woody Allen is proof that people don’t think everything he says in his films is stuff that he does because all he was doing was making out with 17-year olds for years and we didn’t say anything about it.”
She continued, “No one went that Woody Allen is making out with a 17-year old in Manhattan and I guess he’s a real perv, and then lo and behold.”
As stated, Dunham has spoken about Woody Allen previously. Back in March 2014, on the heels of Dylan Farrow’s open letter, Lena discussed how she’s completely disgusted by him as a person, but wasn’t setting out to vilify his work as an artist like some others were.
At the time, she said, “I’m not comfortable living in a world where art is part of how we convict people of crimes.”
She also spoke about the issue on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast.
“I’m decidedly pro-Dylan Farrow and decidedly disgusted with Woody Allen’s behavior, but for me, when people go through his work and comb through it for references to child molestation, that’s not the f—ing point.”
The Sundance Film Festival is currently running from January 22 to February 1. The chat with Lena Dunham included Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project), Jenji Kohan (Orange is the New Black), and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) to discuss “antiheroes and archetypes, using humor to crash through boundaries, as well as how far their art will go to tell the truth.”
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