Film director and former Monty Python cast member Terry Gilliam is sick and tired of being blamed for everything under the sun just because he is a white male.
One should add that he isn’t alone. Millions are getting just as tired of it all.
In a new interview published Monday by The Wall Street Journal the Time Bandits director spoke about many of his past works, including the famed 1970s BBC sketch show, and some of his movies.
Gilliam noted that he would be fighting like mad to be able to get some of the jokes the Python troupe put in their satirical film, The Life of Brian, because of the religious and sexual content.
The actor, animator, and filmmaker also slammed comments made by BBC comedy chief Shane Allen who said that no modern TV show could feature “six Oxbridge white blokes.”
“I wasn’t particularly angry, I just played angry,” Gilliam said of his reaction to Allen’s anti-white comments. “The idea is that we’re already excluded because the world has changed. I said, I’m tired of being, as a white male, blamed for everything that’s wrong in the world. So now I want you to call me Loretta. I’m a black lesbian in transition.”
“That all comes from ‘Life of Brian,’ when Eric, whose name is Stan, says ‘I want you to call me Loretta. I want to be a woman,'” Gillum added. “People now might take offense at that. And when offense becomes so easy, it takes the fun out of offending!”
Gilliam added that this sort of nonsense has seriously changed comedy.
“I always felt the British are very good at laughing at themselves,” Gilliam exclaimed. “The Americans are better at laughing at other people. I still think it’s pretty true, but it’s changing because now we can’t laugh at anybody because it causes offense.”
Gilliam then made an extremely pertinent point about how stupid modern society has become.
“There’s a kind of egotism out there,” he said of society in general. “‘Oh, they were making fun of me.’ Never heard of you. I’m making fun of an idea.”
This is exactly right. Liberals have made all of life about “me, me, me” when the truth is, few people care about “you, you, you.”
Get over it, people. You aren’t important enough for anyone to be interested in “offending” you. Further more, no one else cares at all if you were offended.
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