Back in March, 77-year-old director Terry Gilliam let everyone know that he thought the #MeToo movement was “mob rule,” and insinuated that not everyone who met with Harvey Weinstein was a victim. Obviously it was about as well-received as The Brothers Grimm. Whether Terry is old and out of touch or just an asshole is still to be decided. Thankfully, he recently let loose some garbage opinions about diversity that will most likely help make the decision a little easier.
According to Entertainment Tonight, Terry told reporters last month at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic that he no longer identifies as a “white man,” but a “black lesbian.” He was being completely facetious. Terry was responding to comments made by BBC comedy’s Shane Allen. Shane had said that Monty Python’s Flying Circus wouldn’t be the same if it was made today. Namely, that it probably wouldn’t be six white men but “a diverse range of people who reflect the modern world.”
That didn’t sit well with Terry, who pouted a very “Won’t someone PLEASE think of the poor white men” pout and hissed at the BBC’s decision to be inclusive.
“But seriously, it’s really crazy. In the BBC, it is true that every little group of people on this planet must be represented in everything they broadcast.”
He also tried to explain that the members of Monty Python met the BBC’s diversity quota by saying: “of the six Monty Python members one was gay and one American.” As much as it sounds like Terry is laughing at it all, he’s not. According to Terry, Shane Allen’s insistence that Monty Python would be more diverse made him sad. He also elaborated more on his black woman identity crisis, and can you believe he actually managed to make it worse? Of course you can.
“It made me cry: the idea that…no longer six white Oxbridge men can make a comedy show. Now we need one of this, one of that; everybody represented…this is bullshit. I no longer want to be a white male. I don’t want to be blamed for everything wrong in the world: I tell the world now I’m a black lesbian. My name is Loretta and I’m a BLT, a black lesbian in transition.”
Fellow Monty Python member John Cleese came to Terry’s defense after his comments were made. However, he also made sure to point out that Terry isn’t transgender trans-racial.
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Unfair ! We were remarkably diverse FOR OUR TIME
We had three grammar-school boys, one a poof, and Gilliam, though not actually black, was a Yank. And NO slave-owners
— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) June 20, 2018
That’s not exactly diverse, considering that list is basically like: white, white, white, white gay, and white. But still, I’m sure Terry will find a way to keep whining about it. I just hope he drops the whole Loretta thing, if only because nobody is buying it. As if Terry would ever give up a life that includes such a stereotypical white straight dad BBQ shirt.