Was Indiana Jones A Pedophile? ‘Raiders Of The Misplaced Ark’s’ Karen Allen Says No

Karen Allen has supplied her interpretation of a scene in “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Misplaced Ark” that she feels has been considerably misinterpreted. 

Over time, some followers of the franchise have arched their brows at her character Marion Ravenwood’s introductory scene within the 1981 journey movie, which they imagine pegs Indiana Jones (performed by Harrison Ford) as a pedophile. 

Within the scene, Indy turns up at Marion’s bar in Nepal. It’s the primary time the characters have seen one another in a decade. After Marion greets Indy by slugging him throughout the face, a obscure and sinister dialog ensues between the 2 that alludes to a heated previous.

“I’ve realized to hate you within the final 10 years,” Marion tells Indiana after socking him. When Indiana says he by no means meant to harm Marion, she responds, “I used to be a toddler! I used to be in love! It was unsuitable, and also you knew it.” 

Indiana then counters with: “You knew what you had been doing.”

Later, Indiana learns that Marion’s father — and Indy’s mentor Abner — has died. Upon the information Indiana tries to console Marion, however she snaps: “Have you learnt what you probably did to me? To my life?”

In an interview with Allen revealed Tuesday in Uproxx to mark the 4K Blu-ray launch of “Raiders of the Misplaced Ark,” Allen supplied her view of the scene. 

“I don’t consider him as a pedophile,” Allen informed Uproxx. “That’s the course a few of these persons are going.”

Harrison Ford and Karen Allen on the set of “Raiders of the Misplaced Ark.”

Though Allen says that in her thoughts, Marion was 16 and Indiana was 26 after they first met, she factors out that their dialogue in “Raider of the Misplaced Ark” was “left very mysterious” and that “we don’t know what the circumstances are.” 

“I imply, they may have kissed a couple of occasions, and she or he was simply utterly shocked, and he might have simply not wished to get entangled with somebody so younger,” Allen informed the web site. “And perhaps my [character’s] father would have been livid at him.”

Allen added: “So she clearly cared deeply for him. He might have cared for her, too. However, in the long run, determined it was a harmful scenario and he didn’t need to be concerned.”

Allen stated that though the dialog was obscure, she at all times tended to view it as “fairly harmless.” 

“When [Marion] says, ‘It was unsuitable, and also you knew it.’ I imply, I feel perhaps he led her on ultimately. However when she says she was a toddler, I feel she meant she was 16. One thing like that.” 

In 2015, Polygon reported on an unsubstantiated transcript of the 1978 story conferences between the movie’s creators. Within the transcript, George Lucas suggests a backstory through which Marion was as younger as 11 or 12 when she engaged in a relationship with an grownup Indiana. (Steven Spielberg then shoots down the thought of Marion having been that younger.)

And positive, the age of consent in the US is ages 16 to 18, relying on the state, and “Raiders of the Misplaced Ark” befell in 1936. However, we’re sorry, a 26-year-old being romantically concerned with a 16-year-old continues to be eyebrow-raising by 2021 requirements.


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