Lena Dunham 'nauseated' by Woody Allen

ANNIE STEVENS
Last updated 13:59 19/03/2014
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SPEAKING OUT: "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," says Lena Dunham.

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Ever since Dylan Farrow published an open letter in the New York Times speaking out for the first time on the allegations that her mother Mia Farrow's then boyfriend Woody Allen had sexually abused her when she was a child, there has been little reaction.

Many actors, Hollywood people, columnists and anybody vaguely famous have either voiced their opinion on the matter, or mostly, stayed silent.

Most recently Scarlett Johansson called Dylan Farrow's letter "irresponsible" in an interview for the Guardian, and when Cate Blanchett won the Oscar for her role in Allen's film Blue Jasmine she hurriedly thanked him and moved on with her acceptance speech. 

Girl of the moment Lena Dunham has now entered the fray and is one of the few famous people to come out against the big time Hollywood director.

In an interview for comedian Marc Maron's WTF podcast on Monday, Dunham had this to say:

"In the latest Woody Allen debate I'm decidedly pro-Dylan Farrow.

"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."

 

Dunham says you can boycott the work because of who made it or because you don't like it, but pointing to evidence of the creator's harmful proclivities within the work might be beside the point. Art isn't always as literal as perhaps the world would like it to be.

You can also, as she points out, hold two positions in your mind when it comes to art and the artist.

"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."

- Daily Life

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