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‘Monty Python’ Star Terry Gilliam: ‘I’m Tired Of Being, As A White Man, Blamed For Everything’ – Disbelieves In God (VIDEO)


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Monty Python star Terry Gilliam clarifies his ‘I’m tired of being, as a white man, blamed for everything’ comments and discusses his disbelief in God. The 78-year-old, who has made headlines for criticizing the #MeToo movement and defending Johnny Depp amid domestic violence accusations, explained comments he made last year after the head of BBC comedy said that if Monty Python was made today, it wouldn’t be “six white Oxbridge blokes” because programming is becoming more diverse.

Terry Gilliam has said that he was just ‘playing angry’ when he made comments about the wave of diversity taking aim at white men.

“Now we need one of this, one of that, everybody represented… this is bullshit. I no longer want to be a white male, I don’t want to be blamed for everything wrong in the world: I tell the world now I’m a black lesbian… My name is Loretta and I’m a BLT, a black lesbian in transition.”

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, he’s claiming that he ‘wasn’t particularly angry,’ but was just ‘playing angry,’ and that the ‘Loretta’ part of the remark was a callback to a line in the movie Life of Brian.

While appearing on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Terry Gilliam discussed how 30 years of disasters including ‘floods of biblical proportions’ held up the making of his latest movie The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

Terry Gilliam is never afraid to speak his mind — even when it may not be the popular opinion.

“It was God trying to prove to me he exists,” Terry Gilliam told Fallon, April 11.

“Do you believe?” Fallon asked.

“No. All these years He’s been punishing me trying to make me say, ‘Yeah, I believe you man.'” Terry Gilliam raised his hands up and responds. “I don’t.”

“We were working in Spain,” he continues, “there was a little war going on in Kosvo and Serbia. NATO fighter jets flying over us and that was a little problem for the sound. But we still kept shooting until God really said ‘alright, don’t believe, watch this one.’ A storm was building in the distance and it hit. It was biblical. Biblical. and it washed away the set. Everything…a flood. All the equipment was gone. Everything.”

Gilliam also addressed the controversy in a recent interview with Yahoo.

“I just find we’ve always been about trying to expand people’s view of the world and at the moment everything’s closing in,” he said. “I feel that you can’t speak openly or honestly — you have to tread very carefully. At a certain point, you’re not dealing with discussion anymore, you’re dealing with knee-jerk reactions, and I hate that. I make noise to cause myself trouble.”

Gilliam continued, “Life of Brian is about to come out again, and it couldn’t be more appropriate for the time we’re living in. People have always asked, could we do what we did then now? Probably not because there is such fear in causing offense in any form to anybody or any creature or any cardboard box that exists on the planet. The people in power are frightened to allow what Monty Python was about to happen again.”

He said, “I think these are sad times. If humor starts becoming limited, we’re in trouble. Unless you can keep laughing at the absurdity of the human race, you’re missing the point of our existence. We’re an absolutely absurd species. I just put my foot in my mouth occasionally by mistake, and then I have to deal with the consequences. That’s all it’s about.”

However, it’s not the first time Gilliam has made comments about current social and political changes, recently criticizing the #MeToo movement as ‘mob rule’ while defending his friend, Johnny Depp.

“It’s crazy how simplified things are becoming. There is no intelligence anymore and people seem to be frightened to say what they really think. Now I am told even by my wife to keep my head a bit low,” Gilliam said.

“It’s like when mob rule takes over, the mob is out there, they are carrying their torches, and they are going to burn down Frankenstein’s castle.”

He also spoke about Harvey Weinstein, saying: “It is a world of victims. I think some people did very well out of meeting with Harvey and others didn’t.”

“The ones who did knew what they were doing. These are adults, we are talking about adults with a lot of ambition. Harvey opened the door for a few people, a night with Harvey – that’s the price you pay. Some people paid the price, other people suffered from it.” He concluded.

 

 

 

 

Lisa Duncan

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