Liberal Bizarrerie of the Week

Once-funny-now-just-creepy stepdaughter-marrying guy Woody Allen apparently told a Spanish-language newspaper that “it would be good…if [Barack Obama] could be a dictator for a few years because he could do a lot of good things quickly.”

Now I call this a bizarrerie because it leaves me speechless, but it’s really not surprising at all.  If you go back over Allen’s films from Manhattan through Match Point, you’ll see that his moral vision is neither moral nor visionary but simply a way of excusing, through art, his own inexcusable personal behavior.   That’s going to have an effect on you over time.  When you do wrong, you have a choice.  You either confess and repent, or shame forces you to immerse yourself in increasingly twisted rationalizations that ultimately deform your worldview.  Wishing America was a dictatorship – like defending child rapist Roman Polanski in heroic terms – is evidence of that deformity in Allen.

The formula is simple.

Repentance equals Woody on the road to redemption.

Rationalization equals Woody the Creepy Fascist.

Looks like the Wood-man went with Plan B.

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  • Michael Hutton

    Yes, If Woody Allen publicly lept to my defence on a sex crime charge I would immediately call for a mistrial.

    Any jury would convict me now.

    Thanks for your continued insightful comments.

    Short, concise, stirring. Then you leave us to do the thinking. Excellent work.

  • Ellen

    Woody Allen skeeves me out to the point of nausea. I’ve been told his movies are excellent, but I quit watching them just before Annie Hall. Normally, I can separate the man from his actions, but not in Allen’s case

  • Otto Penzler

    I would normally prefer to chew off my foot than quote the nation, but this poem by Calvin Trillin seems exceptionally apt. Otto

    What Whoopi Goldberg (‘Not a Rape-Rape’), Harvey Weinstein (‘So-Called Crime’) et al. Are Saying in Their Outrage Over the Arrest of Roman Polanski
    Deadline Poet
    By Calvin Trillin
    This article appeared in the October 26, 2009 edition of The Nation.

    A youthful error? Yes, perhaps.
    But he’s been punished for this lapse–
    For decades exiled from LA
    He knows, as he wakes up each day,
    He’ll miss the movers and the shakers.
    He’ll never get to see the Lakers.
    For just one old and small mischance,
    He has to live in Paris, France.
    He’s suffered slurs and other stuff.
    Has he not suffered quite enough?
    How can these people get so riled?
    He only raped a single child.
    Why make him into some Darth Vader
    For sodomizing one eighth grader?
    This man is brilliant, that’s for sure–
    Authentically, a film auteur.
    He gets awards that are his due.
    He knows important people, too–
    Important people just like us.
    And we know how to make a fuss.
    Celebrities would just be fools
    To play by little people’s rules.
    So Roman’s banner we unfurl.
    He only raped one little girl.

  • Keith Rickert Jr.

    “When you do wrong, you have a choice. You either confess and repent, or shame forces you to immerse yourself in increasingly twisted rationalizations that ultimately deform your worldview.”
    It’s not just your worldview that becomes deformed, but yourself. I forget if it was C.S. Lewis or Peter Kreeft who said that we are the only thing in the universe to whom God has given the choice to become our intended nature or, refusing that, deform ourselves step-by-step into monsters