Terry Gilliam Says That He’s A Black Lesbian In Transition Who’s Tired Of White Men Being Blamed For Everything
Famed filmmaker and Monty Python-er Terry Gilliam is one year shy of 80 which makes him a pre-Baby Boomer so you legally can’t even find some millenial snarkster to go after him with a completely appropriate “ok, boomer” after hearing this mess because he actually isn’t one! That’s cagey of him. In an interview with the Independent, Gilliam opined that he really wants someone to think of the plight of the white man for once and stop blaming them for everything wrong with the world. And how he now identifies as “a black lesbian in transition.” Oh, Terry.
With a heavy heart because, well, you were the only American they let in Monty Python so don’t ruin that for us, you git, it must be pointed out that Terry sounds like a disgruntled type wearing an “aging provocateur” mask.
By his own admission, Terry Gilliam is offensive. But it’s not his fault, it’s yours. “People work so hard to be offended now,” he says with a grin. “I don’t know why I’m doing it. It’s not fun anymore.” He seems to be enjoying himself today, though. The more incendiary his opinion – that the #MeToo movement is a witch hunt; that white men are the real victims; that actually, it’s women who hold all the power – the bigger that smile.
Gilliam finally got his pet project The Man Who Killed Don Quixote made after literally starting filming in 2000 with different actors. It now stars Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce and, in discussing the film’s female lead character (played by Joana Ribeiro), he got into how he’s irked that you can’t openly be a creep anymore.
“There’s no room for modern masculinity, I’m told,” says Gilliam. “‘The male gaze is over,’” he adds, letting his derisive air quotes hover for a moment.
I know I already typed it, but oh, Terry.
“In the age of #MeToo, here’s a girl who takes responsibility for her state,” says Gilliam. “Whatever happened in this character’s life, she’s not accusing anybody. We’re living in a time where there’s always somebody responsible for your failures, and I don’t like this. I want people to take responsibility and not just constantly point a finger at somebody else, saying, ‘You’ve ruined my life.’”
And then Gilliam got into Harvey Weinstein and how #MeToo is, yes, a “witch-hunt.” I’ll just be over here curled up with my Life of Brian Blu-ray and weeping copiously
“Yeah, I said #MeToo is a witch hunt,” he says. There’s a silence. “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. These were ambitious adults.”
Yes, he just described a group of serial sex offenders as “ambitious adults.” This has got to be a hidden camera thing for a new movie right? It HAS to be because then he got into how he’s a….ok, you should just read it… as a defense against white guys getting blamed for everything.
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.” He holds up his hands. “I didn’t do it!”
“It’s been so simplified is what I don’t like. When I announce that I’m a black lesbian in transition, people take offense at that. Why?”
He tried to explain the joke. If you have to explain it, Terry…
“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.”
SO logical. Cleese, Idle, Palin, we’re going to need you to come get your friend. NOW.