Is This Thing On? Cannes Emcee Comic Does Rupert Pupkin-Caliber Job Welcoming Woody Allen With Bizarre Rape Joke


Glitzy Hollywood events have their share of wince-worthy moments. There was the time Paul Thomas Anderson spoke at the Spirit Awards and noted that one of the event’s sponsors should be boycotted because they lost his luggage. There was Sacha Baron Cohen, promoting The Dictator on the Oscars red carpet, dumping what he said were the ashes of deceased North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il all over Ryan Seacrest’s tux jacket, telling the stunned interviewer that if asked who he is wearing, he can say it’s Kim Jong-Il.

They’ve got nothing on French comic Laurent Lafitte, the emcee of tonight’s lavish Cannes premiere of Woody Allen’s Cafe Society. An elegant affair took a decidedly odd turn when Lafitte told Allen, “You’ve shot so many of your films here in Europe and yet in the U.S. you haven’t even been convicted of rape.” The gasping crowd probably couldn’t decide if the comic was insulting Allen, or merely insulting Roman Polanski. He offered several other misfires on targets including Paris Hilton before, mercifully, the film started.

Let’s hope Allen’s film, which is playing right now, is funnier.

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