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Monty Python Star Called the #MeToo Movement a ‘Witch Hunt’
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Last year, writer, director, and Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam said that he “no longer” wanted to be a white man because he didn’t “want to be blamed for everything wrong in the world, and declared himself “Loretta,” a “black lesbian in transition.” And now that he’s promoting his upcoming film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, Gilliam is apparently back on the same bullshit.
In a new interview with the Independent, the Brazil director lamented that “there’s no room for modern masculinity,” and that “the male gaze is over.”
“We’re living in a time where there’s always somebody responsible for your failures, and I don’t like this,” he said of the #MeToo era. “I want people to take responsibility and not just constantly point a finger at somebody else, saying, ‘You’ve ruined my life.” He also suggested that Harvey Weinstein’s alleged victims were “ambitious adults.”
While there was plenty in the interview that was offensive, ridiculous, and downright wrong, one quote was also pretty chilling. “When you have power, you don’t take responsibility for abusing others,” the director told the Independent. “You enjoy the power. That’s the way it works in reality.”
He also explained the reasoning—if it can be called that—behind his decision to declare himself a black lesbian. “I’m talking about being a man accused of all the wrong in the world because I’m white-skinned,” Gilliam told the Independent. “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.”
In the interview, Gilliam declared himself bored of talking about Don Quixote, which stars Jonathan Pryce and Adam Driver and took him nearly twenty years to make. “Terry Gilliam thinks he didn’t talk about the movie,” writer Iván Brandon pointed out on Twitter, “but Don Quixote is a story about a batshit old man at war with windmills.”
Gabrielle Bruney is a writer and editor for Esquire, where she focuses on politics and culture.