When it comes to jokes about rape, Blake Lively isn't laughing.
The actress blasted the Cannes Film Festival for allowing a controversial rape joke about Woody Allen to be part of the opening night ceremony.
Over a Thursday lunch for the filmmaker's new movie Café Society, the 28-year-old said it was "disappointing" when MC Laurent Lafitte made a dig at Allen's sexual abuse accusations.
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She told Variety:
"I think any jokes about rape, homophobia or Hitler is not a joke. I think that was a hard thing swallow in 30 seconds. Film festivals are such a beautiful, respectful festivals of film and artists and to have that, it felt like it wouldn't have happened if it was in the 1940s. I can't imagine Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby going out and doing that. It was more disappointing for the artists in the room that someone was going up there making jokes about something that wasn't funny."
At the Wednesday screening, the master of ceremonies shocked the audience by quipping:
"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 was taken as a shot at Allen, by way of director Roman Polanski. But according to Lively, the material was lousy with tasteless jokes. She added:
"It wasn't just Woody. He made three homophobic comments in a row. A Hitler joke. And a rape joke. It was all within 30 seconds… What on Earth was happening? It was really confusing."
As for the Annie Hall director himself, Allen didn't seem to mind the jab, telling Variety:
"I am completely in favor of comedians making any jokes they want. 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… It would take a lot to offend me."
Though Blake had strong words about the jokes during Cannes, she didn't have much to say on Ronan Farrow's recent essay about the rape allegations against his father.
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Telling Vulture she hasn't read the piece yet, she explained:
"I came home and went to bed at whatever time we finished. I haven't been in it, so I don't want to speak on something I haven't read. I think that's dangerous. It's definitely something that being at the festival, the media these days, you come to a film festival about film and people talk about all different types of things. You know? That can be definitely tricky to navigate, I'm sure. I don't want to speak about something I haven't read."
Way to dodge that tricky question, Blake!
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