Terry Gilliam, "Monty Python" member and Hollywood director famous for directing films like "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and "The Brothers Grimm," has spoken out against the #MeToo movement, noting that it's spun wildly out of control and has descended into "mob rule."
What did he say?
In addition to saying that the #MeToo movement had become a witch hunt, Gilliam explained that he felt many women benefitted from their experiences with disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein and used him in return.
Agence France-Presse reported on Friday that Gilliam took substantial issue with the movement that helped to begin uncovering and publicizing a deep perversion at the root of Hollywood.
"It is a world of victims," Gilliam said of Hollywood. "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," he explained. "Harvey opened the door for a few people, a night with Harvey — that's the price you pay."
"Some people paid the price," Gilliam noted, "other people suffered from it."
Gilliam went on to note that he knew plenty of women who visited Weinstein's private quarters and who didn't consider themselves victims.
"It's crazy how simplified things are becoming," he said, and appeared to go on to blast politically correct thought and conversation.
"There is no intelligence anymore and people seem to be frightened to say what they really think," Gilliam added. "Now I am told even by my wife to keep my head a bit low."
What about the 'mob rule'?
The longtime actor and director went on to lament what he called "mob rule."
"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 explained, and noted that the only solution to the Hollywood mess is personal accountability.
"It's how you deal with power," he said. "People have got to take responsibility for their own selves."
He also took on the excoriation of Matt Damon, who took a lot of heat from the public after explaining in December his beliefs that there are varying degrees of sexual assault.
"I feel sorry for someone like Matt Damon who is a decent human being," Gilliam said. "He came out and said all men are not rapists, and he got beaten to death. Come on, this is crazy!"