Woody Allen has had a pretty okay time at Cannes via his molestation charges…until now.
Sure, some reporter made a non-joke about rape, but overall Woody Allen hasn’t really had to confront anything regarding his molestation charges. In fact, some of his actors even defended the guy. Well, Susan Sarandon is HAVING NONE OF IT. She slammed the actor at Cannes yesterday, and it’s pretty upfront:
Ã¢â¬ÅI think he sexually assaulted a child and I donÃ¢â¬â¢t think thatÃ¢â¬â¢s right,Ã¢â¬Â Sarandon said during Variety and KeringÃ¢â¬â¢s Women in Motion talk with Geena Davis. Ã¢â¬ÅI have nothing good to say about him,Ã¢â¬Â she added. Ã¢â¬ÅI donÃ¢â¬â¢t want to go there.Ã¢â¬Â
I mean, WOAH. The difference between Blake Lively defending Woody and a Hollywood institution like Susan Sarandon condemning him is huge. And, I applaud her.
Sarandon and Davis also briefly touched upon some other sad things: the lack of strong roles for women in studio films and the lack of directing opportunities for women. The actresses, who memorably starred in 1991Ã¢â¬â¢s Ã¢â¬ÅThelma & Louise,Ã¢â¬Â said that everyone predicted that the film would spur a new wave of projects about female friendship. But that never happened.
Ã¢â¬ÅThe movie made a lot of money and that didnÃ¢â¬â¢t happen,Ã¢â¬Â said Sarandon.
Davis expressed hope that things could improve.
Ã¢â¬ÅThe thing about film is it can change overnight,Ã¢â¬Â said Davis. Ã¢â¬ÅThe next film somebody makes can be gender balanced.Ã¢â¬Â
What do you think about Sarandon’s statement?