Alec Baldwin has taken to Instagram to voice his views on ‘cancel culture’ in a 14-minute video.
The actor defended the director Woody Allen regarding allegations of sexual abuse made by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, as well as New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, following reports of inappropriate behaviour by several females, citing the need for proof.
In the video, Baldwin states, “A few people going at me for defending people who have been accused of crime,” to which he added, “Well, I’m not defending someone who is guilty of something. I’m choosing to defend someone who has not been proven guilty of something.”
Outlining his philosophy on the matter with the line, “I’m all in favour of tough laws on people who sexually harass or abuse, but it has to be proven”
Recently Woody Allen has been the subject of an HBO documentary that examines the allegations first made by Dylan Farrow when she was only seven years old. Baldwin appeared to broach the subject of the documentary when stating, “I don’t care how many fucking documentaries you make, you have to prove it in a courtroom.”
This comes after last month’s tweet made from his now-deleted account in which he wrote, “Who needs courtrooms or rule of law when we have trial by media?”
He furthered his viewpoints by indicting the current ongoing case against Andrew Cuomo, “The Attorney General is going to investigate accusations against a Governor. Then, and only then, can we talk about people resigning.”
The final diatribe of his video focusses on the effects that COVID-19 has had on societal views, announcing, “The cancel culture thing has revved up during COVID. [People] have a lot of times on their hand […] They want to get on their computer and they want to take on people like me and they want to say every horrible thing that you can possibly imagine about defending someone who’s been accused of a crime.”
Going on to state, “The COVID has exacerbated everything bad in our society. People are angry and bitter. They’re pissed off.”
The star, known for roles in The Departed and the Mission Impossible franchise, then concluded, “If it was proven beyond a reasonable doubt that this person was guilty, I would certainly be open to changing my tune and even apologising to victims. I’m all in favour of tough laws on people who sexually harass or abuse, but it has to be proven.”
See the full video, below.