Woody Allen is opening up about what he thinks of cancel culture.
The 87-year-old filmmaker has been at the center of the movement almost since its inception, as many have called out Woody for his personal life choices and want to hold him accountable for his actions.
In his newest interview, however, Woody is still deeming the movement as “silly.”
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“I feel if you’re going to be canceled, this is the culture to be canceled by. I just find that all so silly,” he told Variety during the Venice Film Festival on Monday (September 4). “I don’t think about it. I don’t know what it means to be canceled.”
Woody continued, “I know that over the years everything has been the same for me. I make my movies. What has changed is the presentation of the films. You know, I work and it’s the same routine for me. I write the script, raise the money, make the film, shoot it, edit it, it comes out. The difference is not is not from cancel culture. The difference is the way they present the films. It’s that that’s the big change.”
He has the same ideas for the #MeToo movement, calling it “silly” at some points.
“I think any movement where there’s actual benefit, where it does something positive, let’s say for women, is a good thing. When it becomes silly, it’s silly,” he says. “I read instances where it’s very beneficial, where the situation has been very beneficial for women, and that’s good. When I read of some instances in a story in the paper where it’s silly, then it’s foolish.”
As for retirement, Woody says that there is some desire, but making film is a lot of work.
“I have so many ideas for films that I would be tempted to do it, if it was easy to finance,” he admits. “But beyond that, I don’t know if I have the same verve to go out and spend a lot of time raising money.”
This isn’t the first time Woody has addressed retiring. Here’s what he said about it just last year.