Woody Allen is a man who, at the age of fifty-six, engaged in sexual intercourse with his nineteen year old step daughter, who he later married. Beyond any argument of cultural relativism, this is fucked up and wrong. Had she been a year or two younger, this would have been rape.
Roman Polanski is a man who raped a thirteen year old girl during a photo shoot, and had to flea the country to avoid prison. While on house arrest in Switzerland a couple of years ago, more allegations surfaced from another woman who spoke out about being a survivor of abuse from Polanski when she was sixteen years of age. While Polanski was in Switzerland and the United States was trying to bring him back, his friend Woody Allen was quoted as saying Polanski:
""has suffered" and "has paid his dues." He said Polanski is "an artist and is a nice person" who "did something wrong and he paid for it.""
Roman Polanski never actually did any time or was accountable for the abuse he inflicted upon children and women. Woody Allen is a straight up rape apologist, and a fucked up person in general. He is a fence sitter when it comes to issues like rape, misogyny, sexual abuse and oppression in many aspects of society, and any celebration of his existence without the acknowledgement of these facts about him make those who celebrate his existence rape apologists and fence sitters as well. I am bringing this all to the reader's attention, because recently there have been members of the radical community posting youtube videos of Woody Allen discussing how much nazis suck. To be sure, nazis are horrible beings on this planet who should cease to exist. However, there are lots of other people in the world who can state this better than a rape apologist, sexual abusive fence sitter like Woody Allen.
Sadly, it is no surprise to me to see rape apologists and misogynistic fence sitters being celebrated on the websites of men who allege to be radical, because in my experience getting to know such men, they are usually misogynists and fence sitters themselves when it comes to issues like abuse toward women.
I am posting this to let other womyn know that while I also dislike nazis, I would never celebrate the life of Woody Allen, just because I agree with him on an issue. If you feel you are oppressed by rape apologists, fence sitters, misogynists or abusers, know that you are not alone. You matter, you are powerful, and loud mouths within movements who taunt and dominate others are not as good as you are.
Roman Polanski and Woody Allen deserve the worst, and anyone who disagrees with this is a fucked up humyn being.