Selena Gomez’s Woody Allen Comments Are Not Going Over Well
In a new interview with Billboard magazine, singer and actor Selena Gomez was asked about working with director Woody Allen and many are displeased with how she responded. Gomez was named "Woman of the Year" by Billboard, and in her lengthy interview with the publication she speaks on a number of topics including her recent kidney transplant, her new music, and remaining friends with The Weeknd after breaking up. But the part of her interview where Gomez addresses working with Allen is the quote that has fans and non-fans alike expressing disappointment with the "Wolves" singer.
It's been almost four years since Allen's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow published an op-ed piece for the New York Times alleging that Allen sexually abused her as a child, and many famous faces in Hollywood have seemingly ignored the allegations made against the director. (Allen has denied the allegations against him, including in a lengthy piece for the New York Times.)
When asked by Billboard about whether Allen's past was something she "thought about before signing on to" star in his upcoming film, A Rainy Day In New York, which also stars Elle Fanning and Jude Law, Gomez gave the following reply,
This isn't the first time fans have criticized Gomez for her decision to work with Allen, but it seems people are especially bothered by her recent comment and gave the following reasons. (Bustle has reached out to a rep for Gomez regarding the reaction from readers, but did not receive a response at the time of publication.)
She Didn't Really Address Allen's Past At All
how is selena going to get asked about woody allen and reply "wow the universe works in interesting ways" also she didn't even answer the question properly, she started talking about harvey weinstein instead of the person she was asked about...— (@daenerysbieber) #
As some have pointed out, the timing of the accusations against Weinstein was a coincidence, and doesn't really have anything to do with the allegations against Allen. (For the record, Weinstein has denied any allegations of nonconsensual sex.)
An Attempt To "Sound Woke"
It's clear that Selena has no idea what she's talking about and way just trying to sound woke in her answer about Woody— (@demisalibi) #
Gomez's response fell flat for fans who noted that she sounds like she has "no idea what she's talking about."
People Were Confused
Selena Gomez was asked about working with know pedophile Woody Allen and her response is "the universe works in interesting ways." https://t.co/ocVsx55AeK— (@firstnamelumka) #
Given the allegations against him, Gomez could have phrased her response much differently.
Particularly By Her Choice Of The Word "Interesting"
so did you know woody allen is a sexual predator?" selena: "....interesting" https://t.co/QaP40Uw4tA— (@queencarolpls) #
As users on social media have noted, there's nothing "interesting" about allegations of sexual abuse.
Even Fans Who Love Gomez Think Her Response Was Improper
Basically what Selena is saying is that it would've been okay to work with Woody Allen if Harvey Weinstein allegations hadn't come out? But they did & you still stay on the project, I love you but this is wrong.— (@sluttylugh) #
Farrow's op-ed letter came out years before Gomez signed on to participate in Allen's film. Like fans are pointing out, her decision to be in the movie and her recent comments feel "wrong" to many.
Possibly A Nail In The Coffin
Selena Gomez was canceled the minute she signed on to that Woody Allen movie but she just put the nail in her own coffin today— (@missbushwick) #
Yes, some people are even saying this could be the nail in the coffin for Gomez, but that's not going to be the case. Aside from her hugely popular career, let's not forget she's been a vocal advocate for mental health and suicide prevention awareness. Gomez does seem like her heart is often in the right place, and hopefully she'll listen to the feedback she's receiving for her Billboard quote about Allen.
Fans Are "Forever" Disappointed
id forever be disappointed with selena for working with woody. idc if she didn't know or that whatever happened was right in the middle of the shooting. I DONT CARE. you had a choice. but you chose to work with him.— (@lonelyjournals) #
Indeed, Gomez did chose to work with Allen, and for some, that decision was very disappointing.
Her Comments Are Undeniably Hard To Defend
it will be interesting to see how selenatoes try to defend selena after her comment (or lack thereof) about working with woody allen yikes— (@ruintheiovato) #
Although difficult to defend, they do present an opportunity to learn.
Some Think The Quote Says A Lot About The Pressure Actors Are Under
selena doesn't know what to say about woody allen.. which i think says a lot about the pressure actresses like her are under to speak about predators in hollywood when under their contracts.. bashing him would most likely not go without personal/financial consequences— (@selvives) #
However, this doesn't change the fact that Gomez could have opted not to agree to work with Allen in the first place.
It's certainly true that actors are under a lot of pressure, and there could be consequences for speaking out. But if there's one thing we have seen from the recent wave of allegations of abuse and inappropriate behavior, it's that the public is no longer interested in letting this type of behavior continue without consequences.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit online.rainn.org.