U.S. film director Woody Allen gestures during a news conference in Barcelona

Woody Allen’s films are so revered that the man is lauded despite the fact that he married his stepdaughter, was accused of molesting his own daughter and that he rarely cast black actors in his films (and never in starring roles). He recently dug himself a deeper hole by addressing the latter in The New York Observer.

“Horrified” that the subject was even brought up, Allen said he doesn’t cast a black person: “unless I write a story that requires it. You don’t hire people based on race. You hire people based on who is correct for the part. The implication is that I’m deliberately not hiring black actors, which is stupid. I cast only what’s right for the part. Race, friendship means nothing to me except who is right for the part.”

There you have it, folks. Unless it’s required, only white people are right for the part. But before you dismiss him as a racist, Allen offers up that he’s “friendly with Spike Lee.” See? He loves black people!

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