Like many, Blake Lively is not okay with jokes about rape. After French actor Laurent Lafitte made a shocking one-liner about Woody Allen during the opening night ceremony at the Cannes Film Festival, Blake spoke out about why it offended her.
Blake Lively, 28, criticized the Cannes Film Festival on May 12 for allowing the opening night ceremony to include a controversial rape joke about Woody Allen, 80. Read on to see what the Gossip Girl star had to say about it!
When asked about the incident, Blake told a reporter at HollywoodLife.com‘s sister site Variety that she thought the joke was in poor taste: “I think any jokes about rape, homophobia or Hitler is not a joke,” she explained. “I think that was a hard thing swallow in 30 seconds. Film festivals are such a beautiful, respectful festivals of film and artists and to have that, it felt like it wouldn’t have happened if it was in the 1940s. I can’t imagine Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby going out and doing that. It was more disappointing for the artists in the room that someone was going up there making jokes about something that wasn’t funny.” Well said, Blake!
The joke was made at the screening of Allen’s new movie Café Society by actor Laurent Lafitte. “It’s very nice that you’ve been shooting so many movies in Europe, even if you are not being convicted for rape in the U.S.,” he directed at Allen. Blake wasn’t shocked by that joke alone. “It wasn’t just Woody,” she added. “[Lafitte] made three homophobic comments in a row. A Hitler joke. And a rape joke. It was all within 30 seconds…What on Earth was happening? It was really confusing.”
HollywoodLifers, were you offended by the joke like Blake was, or did it not bother you?