Blake Lively Blasts Cannes For Woody Allen Rape Joke

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Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter
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Blake Lively blasted the Cannes Film Festival for allowing a rape joke about Woody Allen during the opening ceremonies. (RELATED:This Is How Woody Allen Responded When A Comedian Made A Rape Joke About Him)

Comedian Laurent Lafitte joked about the director’s sexual assault allegations, saying, “It’s very nice that you’ve been shooting so many movies in Europe, even if you are not being convicted for rape in the U.S.”

The actress told a Variety reporter Wednesday that there is no such thing as a rape joke and there was nothing funny about it.

“I think any jokes about rape, homophobia or Hitler is not a joke,” she told Variety. “I think that was a hard thing swallow in 30 seconds. Film festivals are such a beautiful, respectful festivals of film and artists and to have that, it felt like it wouldn’t have happened if it was in the 1940s.”

“I can’t imagine Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby going out and doing that,” she added. “It was more disappointing for the artists in the room that someone was going up there making jokes about something that wasn’t funny.”

“But it wasn’t just Woody,” she said. “He made three homophobic comments in a row. A Hitler joke. And a rape joke. It was all within 30 seconds … What on Earth was happening? It was really confusing.”