Film director Terry Gilliam is being criticised for his candid remarks on the Harvey Weinstein scandal to have rocked Hollywood in the past year.
The Monty Python star claimed that some women used the disgraced film producer – whom he branded a “monster” – to further their careers.
“Weinstein was exposed because he is an asshole and he made so many enemies,“ the 77-year-old told AFP. ”It is a world of victims. I think some people did very well out of meeting with Harvey and others didn’t. The ones who did knew what they were doing. These are adults, we are talking about adults with a lot of ambition.
“Harvey opened the door for a few people, a night with Harvey – that’s the price you pay. Some people paid the price, other people suffered from it.”
Gilliam faced even more of a backlash after his views on the “mob rule” of the #MeToo movement for which he believes Matt Damon was a victim.
“I feel sorry for someone like Matt Damon, who is a decent human being He came out and said all men are not rapists, and he got beaten to death.
“The mob is out there, they are carrying their torches and they are going to burn down Frankenstein’s castle,”
Twitter was awash with criticism against Gilliam’s views with several notable figures of Hollywood – including Sarah Silverman and filmmaker Judd Apatow – refusing to hold back.
Who did Terry Gilliam have to spend a night with to get his career? Curious minds want to know.— Lexi Alexander (@Lexialex) March 16, 2018
Terry Gilliam may wanna turn those feelings of fear & uncertainty he’s getting from #metoo/#timesup and realize “Ohh this is how life has been for THEM til now... huh. Wow. Damn.” See? Now it’s empathy.— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) March 17, 2018
Terry Gilliam’s wife straight-up TOLD him to keep his opinions about MeToo to himself, and he didn’t listen. The man won’t listen to his wife of 45 yrs, giving him advice SPECIFICALLY for his own benefit. OF COURSE he won’t listen to other women about what they’ve been through.— Natalie (@shmadyle) March 16, 2018
I read it. Terry Gilliam’s comments about Harvey Weinstein are idiotic and dangerous. He wasn’t in those rooms. He doesn’t know how aggressive and violent and terrifying he was. Who is he to say it was some sort of offered deal? He should be ashamed of himself. https://t.co/pLj3V46gwu— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) March 17, 2018
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