The Oscar and Palme d'Or victor told Kurier, "Any form of rape or coercion is punishable". Haneke believes those guilty of rape or abuse should still be punished, however, he said: "I find the hysteria and condemnations without any trial totally disgusting" He blamed the media for the "murdered lives and careers in the process" and condemned the movement as "a witch hunt". "And I don't want to know how many of these accusations related to incidents 20 or 30 years ago are primarily statements that have little to do with sexual assault".
Haneke said during the interview that he would likely be called a "chauvinist pig" after the publication of his comments, but he continued to criticize the movement.
The filmmaker thinks that the current debate surrounding the movement is not based on facts and that lives and careers are getting destroyed as a outcome.
"Any shitstorm that even comes out on the forums of serious online news outlets after such "revelations" poisons the social climate".
"This new, man-hating Puritanism, coming in the wake of the #Metoo movement, worries me", he said, adding that some of the most important films about sex, such as "In the Realm of the Senses" could not be made today. "The malignancy of self-styled internet critics makes any debate on the topic all the more hard".
"The actors who fall under suspicion in the light of such allegations are often cut out of movies and TV series as the media corporations start scratching their heads over the potential loss of audiences".
"Where do we live? In the new Middle Ages?"
He announced last month that he would be making his first TV series, entitled Kelvin's Book, an English-language dystopian drama.
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