January was a big month for actors and actresses letting everyone knew where they stood on the recently-very-important topic of Woody Allen. The snowball started rolling after Dylan Farrow slammed Hollywood for protecting Woody in the time of #MeToo. Not long after, some people started jumping ship (Greta Gerwig, Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Hall, Mira Sorvino, Colin Firth, Chloe Sevigny), while others like Alec Baldwin and Diane Keaton defended Woody. During it all, Cate Blanchett remained fairly silent until now. Cate’s opinions falls somewhere between Alec and Diane, and everyone else who believes Woody is a full-blown creep.
Cate was one of the names called out by Dylan Farrow in her 2014 op-ed (released smack-dab in the middle of awards season). Dylan questioned why Hollywood was celebrating Woody and Blue Jasmine. At the time, Cate – who was up for every Best Actress award in existence for her performance in Blue Jasmine – called Dylan’s allegations a “long and painful situation,” and hoped their family could “find some peace.” So basically, the verbal equivalent of a shrug and a look that says “Can we move on now?”
Cate did an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, and because she won the Best Actress Oscar for Blue Jasmine, she was asked about being a Time’s Up/#MeToo supporter while staying silent about Woody. Cate wasn’t being deliberately silent – she was just…uh…not talking particularly loud. Or at all. via Vanity Fair:
“I don’t think I’ve stayed silent at all. At the time that I worked with Woody Allen, I knew nothing of the allegations, and it came out during the time that the film was released. At the time, I said it’s a very painful and complicated situation for the family, which I hope they have the ability to resolve. And if these allegations need to be re-examined which, in my understanding, they’ve been through court, then I’m a big believer in the justice system and setting legal precedents. If the case needs to be reopened, I am absolutely, wholeheartedly in support of that.
Because I think that there’s one thing about – social media is fantastic about raising awareness about issues, but it’s not the judge and jury. I feel that these things need to go into court, so if these abuses have happened, the person is prosecuted, and so someone, who is not in the shiny industry that I am, can use that legal precedent to protect themselves.”
So despite the abuse allegations being on public record for almost two decades, Cate had absolutely no knowledge about them when she signed on to Blue Jasmine. Fine, I’ll believe it. And the only explanation is that Cate is illiterate. Because even five years ago, the only way you could remain totally ignorant about the allegations is if you were typing “Wjfdsy Awnlsn” into a search engine.
Cate Blanchett on the Woody Allen case: "If these allegations need to be re examined, that in my understanding they've been through court, then I'm wholeheartedly in the support of that. Social media's fantastic about raising awareness about issues but it's not the judge in jury" pic.twitter.com/18tn7UnQg0
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