U.S. film director Woody Allen gestures during a news conference in Barcelona

Woody Allen’s films are so revered that the man is lauded despite the fact that he married his stepdaughter, was accused of molesting his own daughter and that he rarely cast black actors in his films (and never in starring roles). He recently dug himself a deeper hole by addressing the latter in The New York Observer.

“Horrified” that the subject was even brought up, Allen said he doesn’t cast a black person: “unless I write a story that requires it. You don’t hire people based on race. You hire people based on who is correct for the part. The implication is that I’m deliberately not hiring black actors, which is stupid. I cast only what’s right for the part. Race, friendship means nothing to me except who is right for the part.”

There you have it, folks. Unless it’s required, only white people are right for the part. But before you dismiss him as a racist, Allen offers up that he’s “friendly with Spike Lee.” See? He loves black people!

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  • [email protected]

    You have even admitted that much of what I wrote is true, because I have done my homework for years. Also, every syllable that you have wrote I have heard before from many whites like you. There is nothing new under the sun.

    1. What I mean by is that black people decades ago and today have talked about issues revolving around the black families. Many reactionaries take an oversimplified view of the black family. Not all black families will be nuclear. Many nuclear, extended, single, and other black families have raised strong children. The question is that diverse black families must be healthy. Some families will not be nuclear because of death in the family, divorce, etc. So, we should not obsess with using coercion to make all families nuclear. We should use means to make any family strong and healthy irrespective if that family is nuclear or not. Also, back before the 1960’s, there was an epidemic of lynching, discrimination, overt racism, etc. by the system. No one should experience those bad old days. We should never want to be like it was in the past or the present. We as black people want to have a better FUTURE. WE WANT A BETTER FUTURE. Also, gender equality is a not curse word. There is nothing immoral about a Sister advancing womanism legitimately. Many of your words are misogynist stereotypes. No rational black woman believes that all men are oppressors, etc. Many single mothers have raised great children. What is wrong with a Sister being a strong, independent woman? Nothing. The welfare state has been radically cut back during the Clinton years and today under austerity, so I know you won’t get to the welfare issue since Western nations with stronger welfare systems that we have exist with greater GDP levels than America. To improve all families, we need better resources, economic justice, and rational investments without austerity.

    2. Many black organizations helping the community do get great support, but many white people don’t know them or ignore as a means for them to promote a reactionary political agenda. Such organizations include the African American Planning Commission, 100 Black Men, African American Speaker Bureau, and so many other independent organizations doing the right thing.

    3. Every single syllable that I have mentioned on the political affiliation of black people is documented, which you have admitted. So, there is no need for me to be that elaborate on that point. Most black people vote for Democrats, because of many reasons. Many GOP members have expressed xenophobic, bigoted statements (and the GOP agenda on many issues have been pro-imperium and anti-progressive). So, I do believe that we as black people should be politically independent more, but I wouldn’t blame black people for rejecting Republican propaganda either. Most white people voted for the Republican Mitt Romney during the 2012 election. Even in the deepest blue states, white voters went for Romney: 53 percent in California, 52 percent in New York, 55 percent in Pennsylvania. People have the right to vote who they want to. Black people have a great intellectual curiosity.

    4. Teen pregnancy rates decreasing is a documented fact that you have admitted. Also, a single mother having a child is not illegitimate. It is just a single mother birthing a child. Single mothers are not monolithic.

    5. Also, crime is complex. Crime has been influenced by poverty including other socioeconomic factors not genetics. Blacks don’t commit a disproportionate amount of every form of crime in America. Whites do commit a disproportionate amount of crime in economic fraud, rape, etc.

    6. You have admitted that racism exists. Many whites would deny that. White supremacy is real and racism is real. Many scholars from Cornell West, Bruce A. Dixon, Sister Margaret Kimberley, etc. have documented how racism/white supremacy is real. I trust their scholarship and their insights for real. I don’t blame racism for all issues in the black community. I do blame racism and white supremacy for many things happening in the black community though. Black people can never be totally free unless racism/white supremacy is totally eradicated. White women benefit from affirmative action the most. No rational black people use white supremacy as a crutch. Rational black people expose white supremacy as a means for us to fight for solutions. Black people fighting for justice is never morally equivalent to anti-Semitic, anti-black, xenophobic, misogynist white nationalists. White supremacy deals with promoting false beauty standards, maintaining the evil system of the War on Drugs, going around promoting hate via hate groups, and other things beyond the promotion of nihilistic music.

  • clarke 2.0

    Indians come from India.

    • Kema

      Hah! I always say this. I have too many Indian friends to think otherwise.

  • Issabella Flower

    I have not and will never watch his movies, he is disgusting.

  • spiderbucket

    “unless I write a story that requires it. You don’t hire people based on
    race. You hire people based on who is correct for the part. ”

    I think a lot of white people don’t understand why this is racist ? Imagine if someone like Woody Allen wrote specifically for a black part. Even if he was TRYING to be on point, he will almost certainly fail. That’s not his world.

    Which would you prefer ?