Spike Lee apologises for defending Woody Allen, criticising cancel culture: 'My words were wrong'

After voicing support for Woody Allen and criticizing cancel culture, Spike Lee apologized on Saturday for words he said were wrong.

FP Staff June 15, 2020 10:50:14 IST
Spike Lee apologises for defending Woody Allen, criticising cancel culture: 'My words were wrong'

After voicing support for Woody Allen and criticizing cancel culture, Spike Lee apologized Saturday for words he said were “wrong.”

In an interview Friday on the New York radio station WOR 710, Lee called Allen “a great, great filmmaker.”

Spike Lee apologises for defending Woody Allen criticising cancel culture My words were wrong

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“This cancel thing is not just Woody. And I think that when we look back on it, (we’re) gonna see that, short of killing somebody, I don’t if you can just erase somebody like they never existed. Woody’s a friend of mine,” said Lee. “I know he’s going through it right now.”

The following day, Lee tweeted an apology.

“My words were WRONG,” he wrote. “I do not and will not tolerate sexual harassment, assault or violence. Such treatment causes real damage that can’t be minimized.”

Allen has been accused of molesting his daughter Dylan Farrow when she was 7 years old in the early 1990s. Allen has long denied the allegation. Earlier this year, he released a memoir through Arcade Publishing after his original publisher, Hachette Book Group, dropped the book amid widespread criticism.

Lee’s latest film, the Vietnam War drama “Da 5 Bloods,” debuted Friday on Netflix.

(Also read on Firstpost: Spike Lee discusses Netflix's Da 5 Bloods, George Floyd protests, and what American patriotism means)

(With inputs from The Associated Press)

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