Today people are used to “journalists” taking the opportunity to proselytize rather than perform their supposed duty attached to their overpaid position, as opposed to using every opportunity to push their own ideological agenda. Especially when a person involved has said something “controversial” in the past, it must be brought up. It must be discussed rather than what they’re there to do.
In an interview for Terry Gilliam’s upcoming movie The Man Who Killed Don Quixote with the Independent he is subjected to exactly this. Yet unlike those who try to squirm their way through some half baked explanation or apology he let fly a plethora of thoughts on the matters. All while combating a person who argued for the existence of white privilege.
“I try to say that it’s not that white men are to blame for everything, but that they are born with certain privileges that, too often, they exploit.”
Sadly while everyone is content to pick up on how he said he was tired of white men being blamed for everything they’re more content to ignore his denouncement of the #metoo culture that gave structure to his position before he contends his sickness with being blamed for the world’s problems.
“In the age of #MeToo, here’s a girl who takes responsibility for her state. 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.’”
Since his last discourse Gilliam has opted to simplify his message. Being less obtuse and more to the point. Going into details about how Harvey Weinstein’s “victims” were more willing participants who used sex as a means to advance their careers rather than being purely innocent mark.
“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. 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, but I don’t want people saying that all men… Because on [the 1991 film] Fisher King, two producers were women. One was a really good producer, and the other was a neurotic bitch. It wasn’t about their sex. It was about the position of power and how people use it.”
Soon he’d detail his own experiences with women utilizing their bodies as a means to gain advancement in the world. Calling out a behavior that has existed since the beginning of time before relenting how he is sick of being blamed for everything wrong in the world merely because he was born a white male.
White males being the only privileged class in history to live shorter lives, have harder lives, be less happy, have higher suicide rates, and be constantly blamed for everything by a class of people who are beyond reproach. Irony like this is lost on the interviewer who does not realize she is part of the true power class.
“She has got her story of being in the room and talking her way out. She says, ‘I can tell you all the girls who didn’t, and I know who they are and I know the bumps in their careers.’ The point is, you make choices. 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.” He holds up his hands. “I didn’t do it!”
He concludes the interview with a summation of his viewpoint of the world and why he chose the path he did in life. Ironic how it was right wing SJWs offended by jokes that drove him from the missionaries path. Yet now in his life he has to combat the opposite who would deny him the right to be as he wants to be.
“I’m into diversity more than anybody, but diversity in the way you think about the world, which means you can hate what I just said. That’s fine! No problem. I mean, you can believe whatever you want to believe, but fundamentalism always ends up being, ‘You have to attack other people who are not like you,’ and that’s what makes me crazy. Life is fantastic, it’s wonderful, it’s so complex. Enjoy it and play with it and have fun. That’s why I didn’t become a missionary. That was my plan. I was quite the little zealot when I was young, but when their God couldn’t take a joke, I thought, ‘This is stupid.’ Who would want to believe in a God that can’t laugh?”