Since dozens of allegations of badual harbadment against Harvey Weinstein were made public last fall, Hollywood has been considering the problem of harbadment and abuse throughout the industry. Many celebrities have pledged their support to the #MeToo movement, wearing black dresses and symbolic pins to reward shows to show their solidarity with the accusers and the victims. But not all are fanatics. The French actress Catherine Deneuve, for example, signed an open letter together with other French women who criticized the movement (although she later took up some of them again). When Liam Neeson was asked to address the situation during an appearance at The Late Late Show, he replied that there is a "little witch hunt". And in a new interview, director and member of Monty Python Terry Gilliam has become the last to publicly criticize the #MeToo movement, comparing it to the "Mafia government".
"It's crazy that things are simplified, there is no intelligence and people seem afraid to say what they really think, now even my wife tells me to keep my head a little low," Gilliam told AFP . "It's like when the mafia domination takes over, the mafia is out, they carry their torches, and they're going to burn down Frankenstein's castle."
Gilliam focused heavily on Weinstein's allegations specifically. Many actresses (including those as famous and powerful as Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow) have said that Weinstein used his power as a producer to try to coerce them badually.
"It's a world of victims, I think some people did very well to get out of the meeting with Harvey and some did not," Gilliam said. "Those who did know what they were doing, these are adults, we are talking about adults with a lot of ambition." Harvey opened the door for some people, one night with Harvey: that's the price you pay, some people paid the price, other people they suffered for it. "
Although the director said he believes Weinstein is "a monster", he warned that there are still many people in the industry who behave badly. "I do not think Hollywood changes, power always takes advantage, always does and always has." He added: "It's the way you handle power: people must take responsibility for themselves."
Back in October, actress Lena Headey shared her story about Weinstein, claiming that the producer feigned interest in her several times professionally before taking the conversation to her personal life (even saying that she had a script to show her to attract her from new) to your hotel room). As part of the story, Headey also mentioned that while working on the one distributed by Miramax The Brothers Grimm "I was subjected to endless intimidation by director Terry Gilliam."