Terry Gilliam doesn’t like this strange new fad for saying men shouldn’t rape women.

The Time Bandits director and Monty Python cast member, who first described himself as a black lesbian in interviews last year, made his latest comments to the Independent while promoting his film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, released later this month.

Gilliam said he was “tired, as a white male, of being blamed for everything that is wrong with the world”.

But he’s not, is he. He’s not blamed for everything that is wrong with the world. The fact that some men – far too many men – rape women does not mean or imply that Terry Gilliam does so, nor that Terry Gilliam is the source of everything that is wrong with the world.

On to the #MeToo movement, he said: “I want people to take responsibility and not just constantly point a finger at somebody else, saying, ‘You’ve ruined my life.’”

That’s just fucking stupid, or lazy. Pointing out structural problems is taking responsibility. What exactly does he expect women to do, just ignore the occasional rape and keep smiling for the cameras?

He continued: “#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.”

So…the systematic abuse and coercion of women in Hollywood and elsewhere is just trivia, but the effort to put a stop to it is a witch hunt?

Easy to say, I guess, if it’s never been your problem.

Of [Harvey] Weinstein’s alleged victims, he said: “These were ambitious adults … There are many victims in Harvey’s life, and I feel sympathy for them, but then, Hollywood is full of very ambitious people who are adults and they make choices.”

Uh huh. It’s really the women who should be facing trial for raping Harvey Weinstein, amirite?

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