Lena Dunham might be "nauseated" by Woody Allen, but that doesn't mean she has been examining his work and looking for clues relating to child molestation.
“In the latest Woody Allen debate I'm decidedly pro-Dylan Farrow and decidedly disgusted with Woody Allen's behavior,” Dunham told comedian Marc Maron during his “WTF” podcast Monday, March 17. “But for me, when people go through his work and comb through it for references to child molestation, that's not the fucking point.”
The "Girls" star previously tweeted her support for Dylan Farrow, Allen's adopted daughter, after The New York Times in February published an open letter by Farrow about alleged sexual abuse by Allen. However, Dunham told Maron that she is "not comfortable living in a world where art is part of how we convict people of crimes."
"I'm not gonna indict the work," she added. "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."
Maron mentioned that someone had tweeted at him, saying they are now "nauseated" by Allen's artistic work. Dunham responded, "I'm nauseated with the person."
“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," she said. "And the thing is, I feel like people need to understand that you can hold two positions in your mind. You can know that someone's made work that's meaningful to you and also know that they have most likely molested their daughter."
The issue of Allen's public and personal personas was made very public during the Golden Globes in January when Diane Keaton accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award on the director's behalf. Ronan Farrow, Dylan's brother, tweeted his disgust at the time, writing, "Missed the Woody Allen tribute -- did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?"
On Feb. 7, The New York Times published an open letter written by Allen in which the 78-year-old denied the allegations against him.
LISTEN to a "WTF" clip (below) of Dunham speaking about Allen.
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