Just When You Thought Woody Allen Couldn’t Get More Repugnant, He’s Being Called Racist

Woody Allen attending opening night of Bullets Over Broadway April 2014Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more difficult to be on Woody Allen‘s side, it did. In addition to everything else he’s been accused of, there are new allegations of racism floating around as well. Charming.

Just to be clear, I feel weird referring to the allegations of sexual abuse against Woody by Dylan Farrow as ‘everything else’, but my point is that it’s hard to keep track of all the myriad issues people are having with him right now.You might think it’d be a good time to take a breather and stay under the radar for a minute, but instead Woody chose to cast a traditionally diverse Broadway show with nearly all-Caucasian actors. Sigh.

The show is ‘Bullets Over Broadway’, an adaptation of his 1994 screen play, and it all centers around a place called ‘The Cotton Club’, which was a hot spot in 1920s Harlem, an area with a high concentration of African-Americans. None of whom you’ll see represented in the cast — except for one single solitary person in the chorus — even though casting agents allegedly told Woody that the absence of people of color would be glaring, especially in scenes recreating the club. According to a source at the Daily News:

‘…a big-name African-American actor was being considered but Woody pulled out, deciding for some reason that ‘a black gangster wouldn’t be good,’ despite the play being set in Harlem.’

A spokesperson for Woody denies the story and insisted that race had never been a factor, saying:

‘Your item is completely untrue. It has always been Woody Allen’s priority to cast the exact appropriate person for a role regardless of race, which has never been a consideration.’

Interestingly enough, another Broadway musical about the Cotton Club opened in November and features a largely black cast, with k.d. lang being the only non-minority.

So if another show touching on literally the exact same topic was able to manage it, it probably isn’t that hard, right?

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    • Lindsey Conklin

      he just sounds like a real stand up guy…cough cough

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        The. Worst.

    • Elizabeth Aspen

      Come to think of it, I can’t remember a Woody Allen movie that’s featured anyone but whites.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I had the same response! Lily white through and through!

      • elle

        The only one that comes to mind is Vicki Christina Barcelona w/ Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. But that’s out of like 50 movies and a good portion being based in NYC.

      • sarajgh

        Penelope and Javier are white.

      • elle

        Huh after I saw this comment I did some googling and apparently Spaniards are considered white. Did not know that and it surprised me quite frankly. Learn something new every day (not trying to be sarcastic, I was just genuinely surprised)

      • itpainsme2say

        Ya it’s ok most people don’t know about there only being three classifications of race. Though to make your point I think you can still say ethnicity or minority

    • Jon

      Jeez what is it with old, white guys in weird glasses?? Him and Terry Richardson should just go away already

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I would love that.

      • Jon

        I was going to include Roman Polanski as well but I don’t think he wears weird glasses…actually, you know what? Throw in there too

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Oh he’s definitely invited to that excursion.

    • J_Doe5686

      This guy gives me the creeps. Maybe in his little world black people don’t exist, does it? I don’t know I’m just trying to understand creepster here.