Hours after Ronan Farrow spit on the media and Hollywood for supporting and pretty much ignoring the allegations against alleged PedoPolyp Woody Allen, his movie Cafe Society opened the Cannes Film Festival last night. Woody and the cast, including Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively and Jesse Eisenberg, were sitting in the audience when the host of the opening ceremony, French comedian Laurent Lafitte, leaped into the hearts of many by throwing a Roman Polanski joke at Woody:
“You’ve shot so many of your films here in Europe, and yet in the U.S. you haven’t even been convicted of rape. Thank you for coming tonight. Although it’s the least you could do. Your film isn’t even in competition. What’s the worst that could happen? … Or that it’s not as good as ‘Manhattan.’”
Woody wasn’t bothered by the joke, just like he wasn’t bothered by Ronan slamming him. But failed lifestyle blogger and Antebellum south-era enthusiast Blake NotSoLively was highly, highly offended by the jokes that came out of Laurent Lafitte’s offensive-making mouth.
Variety says that during a lunch at Cannes to talk about Cafe Society, Beige O’Hara pulled out her paper hand fan and fanned herself while saying, “Oh mercy me, Ah do declare,” when asked about Laurent’s jokes. Beige O’Hara is too delicate of nature to find humor in uncouth material. Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby would never! (Side note: You know Holiday Inn is her favorite movie.)
“I think any jokes about rape, homophobia or Hitler is not a joke. I think that was a hard thing to 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.
But 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.”
Blake was also asked about Ronan’s piece, and she mumbled out some answer about how she didn’t read it so she’s not going to speak on it.
You know, Blake was offended by those jokes and I’m offended by her acting. Blake doesn’t think that jokes like that belong at a beautiful and respectful festival like Cannes and I don’t think Woody’s face belongs at Cannes. To each his own is what I’m saying!
And here’s Beige O’Hara and Kristen Stewart at that press luncheon at Cannes today: