Because 2018 clearly doesn’t have enough assholes of its own, 2004 has kindly offered to let us take one of its biggest off its hands for free. You guys remember Vincent Gallo, right? Greasy looking fellow who said Roger Ebert had “the physique of a slave-trader” and put a hex on his colon saying he hoped he got cancer for panning The Brown Bunny? No? He’s the guy that auctioned himself off as a male escort saying “Heavy set, older, red heads and even black chicks can have me if they can pay the bill” but said “no way Jose” to gay men or transgender women but “lesbos” were ok? Yeah, that guy. He’s back to talk about Harvey Weinstein, piss on Roger Ebert’s grave and compare himself to Donald Trump in an essay posted to AnOther Man.
According to IndieWire, this year marks the 15th anniversary of “The Night Cannes Cried” and The Brown Bunny had its first audience screening. TBB was competing for the 2003 Palme d’Or. Everybody hated it, most of all Roger Ebert who had a vocal reaction to the film during the screening which was later reported on in the press. Vincent was incensed.
“It is outrageous that a single critic disrupted a press screening for a film chosen in main competition at such a high profile festival and even more outrageous that Ebert was ever allowed into another screening at Cannes,” Gallo writes. “His ranting, moaning and eventual loud singing happened within the first 20 minutes, completely disrupting and manipulating the press screening of my film.”
Vincent blamed Roger for poisoning people against the film before they even had a chance to see it. All the “booing, laughing and hissing” at the first public screening were all Roger’s fault! Vincent likened the episode to the prevalence of “fake news” in today’s culture. He said:
“Thankfully, these days Donald Trump has at least created some doubts about everything related to the press,” he writes. “In 2003 I was the Donald Trump of Cannes and anything I said or did was twisted and filtered through the righteous tabloid barbarians posing as journalists and critics.”
So there’s that. Here’s Roger’s rebuttal if you need a palate cleanser before we move on.
Page Six reports that Vincent also thought now would be a good time to drag ex-girlfriend Asia Argento for turning Harvey against him (HIM!) for defending her at the time. He added:
“Naturally, it felt bad when, instead of speaking out along with me, Asia then denied and changed her story and went on to work with him, carry on a personal relationship with him, and repeat additional things I said about him to further enrage him against me”
What’s worse, his painful crucifixion is ongoing.
“Her appearance in recent press regarding Harvey is very uncomfortable for me.”
Vincent also blames Rose McGowan for allowing Harvey to continue preying on women because she took a settlement at the time of her alleged assault instead of speaking up at the time. Vincent wonders, “how many future incidents would she have prevented?”. He also thinks the way Asia and Rose are being “glorified” is poopy.
If you’re feeling badly for Vincent, don’t worry. He still has a friend in Harvey. A rep for Harvey says that Harvey never held any ill will towards Vincent, never blackballed him and thinks he’s a talented guy! He also thanked Vincent for confirming his and Asia’s relationship was consensual. I guess shit birds of feather really do flock together!
2004, please come get yer boy.