I want to start off that, much like the other leftist icon Roman Polanski, Woody Allen is a rapist (ALLEGEDLY) and at the very least, a detestable human being. But that’s Hollywood. If you make good movies, it’s ok to rape minors. You know, just don’t be a right wing.
“I am completely in favor of comedians making any jokes they want,” Allen said to a question asked by Variety. “I am a non-judgmental or [non]-censorship person on jokes. I’m a comic myself and I feel they should be free to make whatever jokes they want.”
At last night’s 69th annual Cannes opening night premiere of Allen’s comedy Cafe Society, master of ceremonies Laurent Lafitte shocked the audience when he said: “It’s very nice that you’ve been shooting so many movies in Europe, even if you are not being convicted for rape in the U.S.” The joke, which drew gasps from the Palais audience, was taken as a knock on Allen and possibly on director Roman Polanski as well.
But apparently, Allen wasn’t upset. “It would take a lot to offend me,” he continued. “What bothered me most last night was the length of the show before the movie. I’m sitting there. I know I have a movie that’s an hour and a half, I would like the introduction ceremony to be 20 minutes, half hour at the most. I don’t want you to spend an hour on the show. By the time my movie comes around at the end, you’re antsy in your seat. To me, that is the mistake of the show. It goes on for too long. Cut that down.”
The fact that Woody has a sense of humor? I dig it. The fact that he raped his daughter? Not so much. I also understand his gripes regarding the lengthy opening. It’s for this same reason that we keep middling comics on a tight leash. If they go over their time and the audience wants them gone, it can suck the energy out of the room. Nothing’s more frustrating than a man overstaying his welcome with an unwilling partner.
Because… because Woody Allen is a rapist. Little rape joke there. It’s a preferred genre of joke.
Whether it’s jokes about rape, trans-bathrooms, race, or even fat people, sometimes a joke is just that… a joke. Sometimes, it’s meant as a jab against a rapist actually seated in the audience, as may have been the case here.
Did I mention that Woody Allen is a rapist (ALLEGEDLY)?
Okay, okay, I’m done with the Woody Allen/rapist jokes. I have to hand it to him for being consistent on this issue though. Traditional comedy is dying a slow and painful death. Whether it’s Sarah Silverman telling Comedians what they should and shouldn’t say, or kids showing up to professionally protest COMEDIANS, if comics want to exercise their free speech, more and more are going to have to go online.
I discussed that with legendary comedian (and funniest man alive), Nick Dipaolo last week. NSFW warning.