Open Letter To Terry Gilliam

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Mr. Gilliam, a big fan of your work. Sorry to hear that you think having “a night with Harvey (Weinstein)” is “the price you (meaning, actresses) pay” to make it in Hollywood:

In a an interview with AFP on Friday, the filmmaker, a member of the comedy group Monty Python, specifically went after Harvey Weinstein’s alleged victims, and said, “Harvey opened the door for a few people, a night with Harvey — that’s the price you pay.”

“It is a world of victims. I think some people did very well out of meeting with Harvey and others didn’t,” he added. “The ones who did, knew what they were doing. These are adults; we are talking about adults with a lot of ambition.” Gilliam also claimed that some of the women didn’t actually suffer, but used Weinstein to further their careers, and that he knew women who walked out of meetings with the mogul before getting sexually abused.

Mr. Gilliam, have you ever been faced with the task of sleeping with a giant steaming pile of mucus and offal like Harvey Weinstein to get ahead in Hollywood? Have you ever been faced with not sleeping with a giant steaming pile of mucus and offal like Harvey Weinstein and then watching your career die as a result? Have you ever been sexually assaulted by a giant steaming pile of mucus and offal like Harvey Weinstein and then get threatened and blacklisted if you reported it?

No? You’re a smart, well-read boy, Mr. Gilliam—why do you think you’ve never encountered anything like that? Is it because you’re so talented and strong and cool, and these women are all weak untalented whores?

Or could it possibly be something else?

I bet you still think you’re that iconoclastic “bad boy” thumbing your nose at the System, don’t you? A real progressive firebrand, letting out a big fart at the Establishment?

Guess what, Mr. Gilliam? You ARE the establishment!!! 

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Surprise!!! You’ve become exactly the type of crusty myopic retrograde asshole you used to mock. Don’t feel too bad about it…it happened to the best of us. “Circle of life,” and all that.

You bash your former Monty Python member John Cleese for supporting Brexit, and you’re all against Donald Trump—and you reap the “social currency” from all that posturing—but you’re just as clueless and crusty and calcified! But you don’t see that, you have no reason to see that, your coterie is full of people who think exactly like you do…and let’s face it, you’re never going to change. And there will be plenty of film crit types on your jock for a good time to come who also agree with you that the biggest problem with Hollywood (even worse than the studio system) is the weak untalented whore contingent.

You came so close there, Terry! Just a handful more years and you might have peacefully passed on and I never would have known what you really think about things. Isn’t this “witch hunt” horrible? Isn’t it horrible how they forced you at gunpoint to say all those things, and then they printed it and then all the cold mean bitches said nasty things about you? My heart bleeds for you—but not, of course, as much as it does for Matt Damon, whom you seem to believe is the most abused man in all of Hollywood.

Matt just called: he wants you to stop “helping” him. He’s trying to get his shit together and have inclusion riders on his new movies, and you’re just stretching out your clammy wrinkled claw out at him and saying “hey Matt, it’s just you and me against the world, baby!” And Matt’s flinching like Gollum just gave him a wet willie in the ear and is like “no…no no no no…no, bro, no! You’re fucking everything up for me! Now people are fucking Googling your name and I’m coming up and FUUUUUUUUCKKKKK!!!”

Anyway…this gif is for you:

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P.S., you are an asshole for blaming Michelle Williams for Heath Ledger’s death. Here, I can play that game…I think The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus was so morbid and so filled with bad energy that it—not Williams, not even The Dark Knight—was the final straw that killed Ledger. See? I can be an asshole too. I’ve learned from the best.