Woody Allen got a real surprise while performing in Germany this week when two topless female protestors crashed the stage.
The director was playing the clarinet with his New Orleans Jazz Band in Hamburg, Germany, when two women from the FEMEN movement ran up on the stage. The protestors were booed and eventually escorted out by security. The 82-year-old Allen seemed unfazed and went back to playing after the two were removed.
The incident was captured on video. (Warning: The video below contains nudity.)
Painted on the two women’s bodies were the words from Dylan Farrow’s 2014 open letter, in which the daughter of Woody Allen details her allegations of sexual abuse by her father as a child. Allen’s ex, Mia Farrow, first accused Allen of molestation during their 1992 custody battle over their children.
In a blog post about the protest on the FEMEN website, the group say the aim of the protest was to “remind the world and the jazz fans sitting in the audience that Woody Allen is not just the neurotic and charming director, musician and actor but also seems to like sticking his fingers into his daughters.”
“If a perpetrator is a much-celebrated so-called artist genius, then the supposed social value of his creativity has more weight in society than the statements of women who are only women and daughters in his possession,” the blog post continues. “If the accused is an important part of the canon of the international film history, his cultural and social status seems to be inviolable.”
“FEMEN does not want to be a part of such a society, which protects and cheers the perpetrators,” the post states.
FEMEN is an international women’s movement of topless activists, whose objective is to provoke the patriarchy and promote female sexuality.
According to Variety, the activists remained outside the concert hall to hand out leaflets, explaining that they had intended “to give the victims of sexual violence a voice.”