It seems the backlash against Woody Allen has spread at least as far as Spain.
In the northern city of Oviedo—a city Allen once described as “delicious, exotic, beautiful, clean, lovely, tranquil and pedestrianized,” and the setting for part of his 2008 film Vicky Christina Barcelona—there stands a bronze statue of Allen, posed with his hands in his pockets, his mouth ever so slightly open. According to the Washington Post, the statue was installed in 2003, the year after Spain awarded Allen its prestigious Prince of Asturias prize, which was presented to him in Oviedo.
On Monday, Spanish publication The Local reported that a women’s group is in the process of petitioning Oviedo’s city hall to have the statue taken down. The Asturias Feminist Organization wrote in a letter to the city hall that the Allen statue honors “an abuser and pervert.”
In its petition, the AFO brought up Dylan Farrow’s allegations that Allen molested her when she was seven years old, allegations which first emerged in the ’90s and were repeated in 2014, and in subsequent years, including in a CBS News interview last week.
Oviedo officials responded by saying they will review the matter at their next meeting.