Monty Python's Terry Gilliam: 'I’m tired, as a white male, of being blamed for everything'

Danny Thompson
Contributor

Former Monty Python star Terry Gilliam has hit out at the #MeToo Movement, labelling it “a witch hunt”, saying he is “tired, as a white male, of being blamed for everything that is wrong with the world”.

The writer and director made comments during an interview where he also said he “better not be a man”.

Talking to the Independent, Gilliam said: “Yeah, I said #MeToo is a witch hunt - 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.

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British film director Terry Gilliam speaks with reporters during an interview on the sidelines of the 41st edition of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) at a hotel in the centre of the Egyptian capital Cairo on November 22, 2019. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP) (Photo by KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images)

“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 - I didn’t do it!

“I’m talking about being a man accused of all the wrong in the world because I’m white-skinned. So I better not be a man. I better not be white. OK, since I don’t find men sexually attractive, I’ve got to be a lesbian. What else can I be? I like girls. These are just logical steps.”

Actors Michael Palin, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam attend Special Screening Narrative: "Monty Python And The Holy Grail" during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival at Beacon Theatre on April 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)

It is not the first time Gilliam, known for films such as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas starring Johnny Depp and 12 Monkeys starring Brad Pitt, has made controversial comments.

Speaking at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, in 2018 Gilliam said: “You know I no longer want to be a white male and be blamed for everything; I tell the world I am a BLGT, Black Lesbian in Transition and my name is Loretta.

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“Comedy is not assembled – a boy, a girl, white, black, a dog… I want to be trans-species. Transgender is not enough.”

Gilliam is currently promoting latest movie The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which is loosely based on the seventeenth century novel written by Miguel de Cervantes.

The film, which stars Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce, is released in the UK this month.