Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas director Terry Gilliam’s recent comments about the #MeToo movement has caused quite a stir. The Monty Python and the Holy Grail filmmaker recently sat down with the Independent and made a few comments about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct scandals and the movement that has urged hundreds of thousands of people to come forward with alleged stories of sexual harassment.
In his interview with the Independent, Gilliam became “bored” with talking about his latest movie The Man Who Killed Don Quixote and instead tackled the topic of sexual assault allegations in Hollywood. “#MeToo is a witch hunt,” he reportedly said. “I really feel there were a lot of people, decent people, or mildly irritating people, who were getting hammered. That’s wrong. I don’t like mob mentality.”
“When you have power, you don’t take responsibility for abusing others. You enjoy the power. That’s the way it works in reality,” Gilliam added. He also said that the women who have accused Weinstein of sexual assault made decisions that aided in the supposed unfortunate events. “These were ambitious adults… There are many victims in Harvey’s life, and I feel sympathy for them, but then, Hollywood is full of very ambitious people who are adults and they make choices.”
“I understand that men have had more power longer, but I’m tired, as a white male, of being blamed for everything that is wrong with the world,” Gilliam apparently exclaimed. “I didn’t do it!” Then, he said he doesn’t truly “like the term black or white” and now will refer to himself as “a melanin-light male.”
His comments were scrutinized throughout social media, so check out a few highlights below.
An open letter to Terry Gilliam:
Dear Terry Gilliam,
I love you, you are an amazing artist. Your sense of artistry and philosophy has inspired me to no end.
As someone who loves you, I say this:
Sit down and shut the fuck up about the Me Too movement.
-Sincerely, Ryan pic.twitter.com/rxCuKeVyon
— Sensei Ryan Is On Vacation (@horridpoplyrics) January 4, 2020
I used to like Terry Gilliam a lot. He had made a number of movies that I thought were very good! Unfortunately he was eaten alive by an elk in 1999. RIP
— let’s go Ayo (@letsgoayo) January 4, 2020
TERRY GILLIAM: God, this new movie i made is the worst yet. How can I stop people from seeing it
— MKupperman (@MKupperman) January 4, 2020
“I’m into diversity more than anybody,” says Terry Gilliam, a man who has never hired a person of color for a substantial film role.
— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) January 4, 2020
“Terry Gilliam on race” and “Meat Loaf on climate change” sounds like the introductory lineup for Shitty Master Class pic.twitter.com/WWPbYrCPPz
— villanelle ✨ (@ashesinyourhair) January 4, 2020
Depressing to see so many of the artists I looked up to growing up, like Terry Gilliam, morph into deranged Rush Limbaugh callers. https://t.co/NVmXQDujyy
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) January 4, 2020
It’s time for Terry Gilliam to be taken to a farm upstate where he can live out the rest of his life with a number of other wildly talented folks who can’t seem to refrain from stomping on their own dicks every time they open their mouths. https://t.co/Fc2HZ8trd4
— Scott Wampler™ (@ScottWamplerBMD) January 4, 2020
I can’t say it was a pleasure to interview Terry Gilliam https://t.co/05FNz8sDVW
— Alexandra Pollard (@alexjpollard) January 4, 2020