Terry Gilliam 'tired’ of white men being 'blamed for everything'

Terry Gilliam’s mind is on the #MeToo movement, his self-identification as a “melanin-light male”… and says he has had enough of white males “being blamed for everything that is wrong with the world.”

“We’re living in a time where there’s always somebody responsible for your failures, and I don’t like this,” Gilliam said of the #MeToo movement in a Saturday interview with The Independent. “I want people to take responsibility and not just constantly point a finger at somebody else, saying, ‘You’ve ruined my life.'”

The director went on to suggest that Harvey Weinstein’s 80 accusers were to blame for the “choices” they made.

“There are many victims in Harvey’s life,” Gilliam said, “and I feel sympathy for them, but then, Hollywood is full of very ambitious people who are adults and they make choices. We all make choices, and I could tell you who did make the choice and who didn’t. I hate Harvey. I had to work with him and I know the abuse.”

He continued: “I can tell you about a very well-known actress coming up to me and saying, ‘What do I have to do to get in your film, Terry?’ I don’t understand why people behave as if this hasn’t been going on as long as there’ve been powerful people. 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. I didn’t do it!”

During the 2018 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the former Monty Python member said that for diversity sake, he tells “the world now I’m a black lesbian.”

“I don’t like the term black or white. I’m now referring to myself as a melanin-light male. I can’t stand the simplistic, tribalistic behaviour that we’re going through at the moment,” he told The Independent.

“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.”

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HOTEL BERNINI, ROM, ITALY - 2018/09/21: American director Terry Gilliam during the photocall for the presentation of his new film 'L'uomo che uccise Don Chisciotte'. (Photo by Matteo Nardone/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 10: Terry Gilliam attends the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations: 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' at The Robin Williams Center on April 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 1045 -- Pictured: Film director Terry Gilliam during an interview on April 10, 2019 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Terry Gilliam heads to NBC Studios on April 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Adrian Edwards/GC Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 14: Terry Gilliam attending The Roundhouse Fundraising Gala 2019 London 14th March 2019 PHOTOGRAPH BY Peter / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read Peter / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2018/10/16: Terry Gilliam seen posing for the camera during the European Premiere 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' and Laugh Gala at the 62nd BFI London Film Festival. (Photo by GMP Media/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16: Terry Gilliam attends the European Premiere 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' and Laugh Gala at the 62nd BFI London Film Festival on October 16, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for BFI)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 10: Terry Gilliam attends the European Premiere of 'Widows' and opening night gala of the 62nd BFI London Film Festival on October 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
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Gilliam’s latest film, “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” will roll out in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin and other top markets starting April 19. The film will also be released on all major VOD platforms on the 19th, as well, and will continue to expand theatrically throughout the spring and beyond.

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