Lena Dunham took to Sundance to express her views on the Oscar winning filmmaker.
Lena Dunham was as outspoken as ever on the panel of 'Power of Story: Serious Ladies' at Sundance Film Festival last weekend, as she took aim at award-winning actor and director Woody Allen over his marriage to his son's sister.
Lena Dunham attacks Woody Allen's marriage
The 'Girls' star is never one to keep her opinions to herself, but there may have been an exchange of awkward glances as she discussed the issue of characters and reality on the Sundance panel, even suggesting Woody Allen was a 'perv'. Insisting that men got the better deal when it came to people thinking actors are like the characters they play, Dunham launched into a personal attack.
'I don't think that Larry David or Woody Allen or anyone else playing some version of themselves is walking around with a million people who think they know and understand them on a deep abiding level', she explained. 'Woody Allen is proof that people don't think that everything he does in his films is stuff that he does. Because all he was doing was making out with 17-year-old girls for years and we didn't say a word about it. And then he did it. A bunch. No-one went, 'Oh, Woody Allen is making out with a 17-year-old in 'Manhattan'; I guess he's a real perv.' And then lo and behold...'
It seemed that Dunham was referencing his marriage with Soon-Yi Previn; the adopted daughter of Allen's ex-partner Mia Farrow whom he controversially entered into a relationship with when she was just 19-years-old and he was 56.
However, as much as people still have an opinion on this unconventional union, the comment was made yet more uncomfortable considering that he was involved in allegations of sex abuse made by Farrow, who accused him of molesting his own adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. Last year, the issue was raised again by an apparent confirmation of the abuse by Dylan herself, though her older brother Moses Farrow defended Allen's denial of the accusations and charges were found inconclusive.
On a similar note, Lena Dunham also discussed her views on sexual assaults at American universities; a topic on which she also makes a personal reference in her memoirs 'Not That Kind of Girl'. She was joined on the panel by Mindy Kaling, Kristen Wiig and Jenji Kohan.