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Sorry, Natalie Portman Doesn’t Want To Talk About Woody Allen

She’d much rather talk about the severe lack of diversity in Hollywood

by Hafeezah Nazim

Natalie Portman made it clear that she is not here to talk about the demise of Woody Allen's career, thank you very much. In a new interview with Buzzfeed, the actress addressed many topics, including that "all-male nominees" moment during the Golden Globes, the aftermath of her discovering that her character in Annihilation had been whitewashed, and if she thinks that “time may be up for Woody Allen,” who she worked with on the1996 film Everyone Says I Love You.

“I don’t think that’s what the conversation should be about," she said in response to the latter. "I think it should be about: Why didn’t Elaine May make a movie every year? Why didn’t Nora Ephron make a movie every year? Where’s the female version of Bill Cosby? Why don’t we see any Asian women in films?” 

She continued:

There’s so much art that’s being lost by not giving opportunities to women and people of color. Let’s not talk about what man’s career is over. Let’s talk about the vast art trove we’ve lost by not giving women, people of color, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ+ community opportunities — let’s talk about that loss for all of us in art. Let’s talk about that huge hole in our culture. I don’t want talk about ‘Isn’t it sad that this person who’s made 500 movies can’t make movies anymore?’ That’s not for me to decide. And it’s also not what I’m upset about.

She also touched on the importance of believing Dylan Farrow and all women who come forward: 

I think there's a direct connection between believing women about their own experience and allowing women to be experts of their own experience and every woman's voice being heard... Of course, do I know anyone's experience? No. But would I question a man who said "someone stabbed me"? Never! You know? I think it's bizarre. We know that women are systematically not listened to, that victims of sexual assault are systematically not listened to.

Spoken like a true queen. 

You can read the interview in full, here.