Scarlett Johansson Faces Backlash After Saying She “Would Work” With Woody Allen “Anytime”
The 34-year-old actress was asked in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter about her opinions concerning Allen, with whom she worked on three movies: Scoop, Match Point and Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
In January 2018, Allen’s daughter Dylan Farrow accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was a young girl. The director has repeatedly denied the allegation and has not been charged. Despite this accusation, which came in the midst of the #MeToo movement in Hollywood against sexual misconduct, Johansson said she “believes” and loves Allen and would be prepared to work with him again “anytime.”
“I love Woody. I believe him, and I would work with him anytime,” said Johansson.
“I see Woody whenever I can, and I have had a lot of conversations with him about it. I have been very direct with him, and he’s very direct with me. He maintains his innocence, and I believe him,” the actress added.
Social media quickly lit up with posts slamming Johansson for her comments about Allen.
Scarlett Johansson vehemently defending Woody Allen, further solidifying herself as one of the worst people working in Hollywood. You really hate to see it. pic.twitter.com/h8uRp1BWSo
— The Black Tea Pokémon (@yosoymichael) September 4, 2019
It’s totally her prerogative to support whoever and whatever she wants. Just like it’s our prerogative to do the same. My money won’t be going to anything Woody Allen or Scarlett Johansson. If enough ppl do that, they’ll both be shut down. https://t.co/dPoaQMrEyZ
— S. Marlene Wimberly (@2BGMEDIA) September 5, 2019
I really want to like Scarlett Johanson, but I just can’t agree with the fact that she wants to defend Woody Allen… pic.twitter.com/oEBBfMRL9R
— Nikki B. (@flybaby014563) September 4, 2019
I don’t understand how people stan, Scarlett Johansson still? She literally defends Woody Allen even after so many have spoken out against him. I don’t understand.#ScarlettJohanson #WoodyAllen pic.twitter.com/6XF3OEfJpo
— mo✌️ (@cevanswhores) September 4, 2019
Scarlett Johanson’s defence of Woody Allen? Well.. pic.twitter.com/vMK4GyAjHb
— Dietz (@Dead_Delilah) September 4, 2019
Following Farrow’s accusation, many actors who previously worked with Allen — like Greta Gerwig, Rebecca Hall and Colin Firth — said they refused to work with the director again. Others like Timothee Chalamet, who stars in Allen’s most recent romantic comedy film A Rainy Day in New York, said they did not want to profit from the film and would donate their salary from the project to several charities, including the Time’s Up organization to combat sexual harassment. A Rainy Day in New York was shelved by Amazon last year after the allegation against Allen arose.