Filmmaker Terry Gilliam is courting controversy after lashing out at the #MeToo movement, because he's sick of white men taking the blame for "everything that is wrong with the world".
The former Monty Python star is unapologetic about his views on social justice initiatives, because he believes too many people who claim to be victims are simply failing to take responsibility for their own actions.
He made his remarks in a candid interview with Britain's The Independent newspaper, in which he compared the female character of Angelica in his new film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, to the women of today.
"In the age of #MeToo, here's a girl who takes responsibility for her state," Gilliam said of Joana Ribeiro's Angelica, a former actress who turns to modelling and escort work to get by.
"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'."
He goes on to reference the sexual misconduct allegations made against Hollywood power players like disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, suggesting those claiming to be victims put themselves in compromising situations.
"There are many victims in Harvey's life," Gilliam shared, "and I feel sympathy for them, but then, Hollywood is full of very ambitious people who are adults and they make choices."
The outspoken star insists he is no fan of Weinstein, but as a director, he's been propositioned too.
"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?'" he recalled. "I don't understand why people behave as if this hasn't been going on as long as there have 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!"
It's not the first time Gilliam has made such incendiary comments - he echoed similar sentiments in early 2018, just months after Weinstein was exposed as an alleged serial sexual predator.
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