Saturday Night Social: At Last, Someone Is Standing Up for White Men

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Terry Gilliam, erstwhile Monty Python and infamously cursed director, seems as intent on canceling himself as bad luck is intent on canceling his films. Here are some choice lines from his recent interview with the Independent:

“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.

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“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.’”

Erm...

And then that phrase comes up. Witch hunt. “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.”

I...?

“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.” He holds up his hands. “I didn’t do it!”

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Head scratch......?!

“It’s been so simplified is what I don’t like. When I announce that I’m a black lesbian in transition, people take offence at that. Why?”

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Well, OK.

Sorry for doing this to you all on a Saturday night, but I couldn’t let Gilliam’s so very brave stance go unreported on this website. Maybe next week will be better?

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Night blogger, author of GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO PEOPLE YOU HATE.

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pumpkinandy
Pumpkin Andy is Orange

Well, my rotten family managed to “forget” my birthday (happening since I was a little girl and birthdays really mattered) and later, ruined it with a smear campaign and some solid gaslighting. My mother somehow is the victim in all of this drama that she deliberately caused. Nice. A veritable hat trick of callously forgetting, then ruining my birthday, then all my siblings and my father calling me endlessly for me to apologise to my awful mother. I don’t know how I survived this type of mistreatment for my entire life. I really don’t.  They're like a pack of vicious jakals that enjoy fucking shit up in my life.