Terry Gilliam didn’t endear himself to many when he said that #MeToo is both “silly” and turning into “mob rule,” lamenting that the movement is akin to a group of people “carrying their torches and they are going to burn down Frankenstein’s castle.” Though he clarified that Harvey Weinstein — with whom the Monty Python member and filmmaker worked on “The Brothers Grimm” — is a “monster” and “asshole,” Gilliam also said that, for some women, “a night with Harvey — that’s the price you pay.”
His comments have drawn widespread ire, including from fellow members of the film community. Sarah Silverman, Judd Apatow, and “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz have all chimed in:
I am *so fucking tired* of people in my industry saying “that’s just the way things are” or “this is how it’s done” — I understand you are broken and angry. But if this is your only contribution to this moment, keep it to yourself.
— Jordan Horowitz (@jehorowitz) March 16, 2018
I read it. Terry Gilliam’s comments about Harvey Weinstein are idiotic and dangerous. He wasn’t in those rooms. He doesn’t know how aggressive and violent and terrifying he was. Who is he to say it was some sort of offered deal? He should be ashamed of himself. https://t.co/pLj3V46gwu
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) March 17, 2018
Terry Gilliam may wanna turn those feelings of fear & uncertainty he’s getting from #metoo/#timesup and realize “Ohh this is how life has been for THEM til now… huh. Wow. Damn.” See? Now it’s empathy.
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) March 17, 2018
Who did Terry Gilliam have to spend a night with to get his career? Curious minds want to know.
— Lexi Alexander (@Lexialex) March 16, 2018
To be clear I am taking about Terry Gilliam whose film work I do not like and whose being a person work I am also recently an un-fan of.
— Paul F. Tompkins (@PFTompkins) March 16, 2018
If you’ve never read it, Sarah Polley wrote a very good and interesting and challenging letter to Terry Gilliam about her experience making a movie with him when she was nine, in hopes that he would think carefully about how to use child actors ethically: https://t.co/7IeTMW7gAP pic.twitter.com/YVGAuAVJbk
— Nicole Cliffe (@Nicole_Cliffe) March 16, 2018