At the tender age of 27, Lena Dunham already knows the primary perk of having a hit HBO show: You can say anything you darn well please and people are going to pay attention.
The Girls creator and star has kept her name in the news with her Monday appearance on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast in which she renewed her support for Woody Allen’s daughter, Dylan Farrow, in no uncertain terms.
Said Dunham: “In the latest Woody Allen debate, I’m decidedly pro-Dylan Farrow and decidedly disgusted with Woody Allen’s behaviour.”
But this isn’t the first time that Dunham has weighed in on Farrow’s claims that her iconic filmmaker father sexually abused her when she was seven years old.
In early February, shortly after Farrow penned her open letter restating her assertions for The New York Times, Dunham jumped on Twitter to take the side of Dylan, who was adopted by Allen and his ex-partner Mia Farrow.
Tweeted Dunham at the time: “Most victims NEVER speak up. Most never feel they can. These are not stories we tell for fun, attention or revenge.”
Which is more or less where Dunham picked up the story on Monday. During the lengthy interview, Dunham expressed perplexity at people looking for clues to Allen’s alleged depravity by revisiting his films.
“For me, when people go through his work and comb through it for references to child molestation, that’s not the f–g point,” she told Maron.
At one point in the discussion, Maron offered up the suggestion that, “Bad people have done amazing things.”
Dunham’s response: “It’s totally true. People who really believe Woody Allen is guilty have not felt comfortable saying that because they’re so afraid to lose their connection to his work.”
Weirdly, Dunham seemed to take both sides of the Allen debate during the interview and suggested the public remain open-minded.
“I feel like people need to understand that you can hold two positions in your mind,” she said. “You can know that someone’s made work that’s meaningful to you and also know that they have most likely molested their daughter.”
And since she was already on a roll, Dunham added: “I was so unimpressed by people’s inability to think in less binary ways and to just experience the ambiguity that life is constantly offering up.”
But the big question, of course, was whether or not Dunham herself was a fan of the films written and directed by the four-time Oscar-winner, most recently nominated for his screenplay for Blue Jasmine.
“I haven’t wanted to watch his movies for a long time,” she said. “Partially because of who I think he is and partially because I think they got really bad.”
And that’s today’s totally unbiased opinion from Lena Dunham.