Terry Gilliam on diversity: ‘I tell the world now Im a black lesbian’
The film-maker weighs in on the controversy surrounding BBC comedy chief Shane Allens comment about six Oxbridge white blokes
Terry Gilliam has responded to the BBC diversity debate which referenced Monty Python by saying: I tell the world now Im a black lesbian.
Gilliam was commenting on the row over diversity triggered by the BBC’s unveiling of its new slapstick programming, announced in June, at which the BBCs controller of comedy commissioning Shane Allen emphasised the corporations commitment to the narratives that haven’t been told and the voices we haven’t yet heard. In response to a question about Monty Pythons Flying Circus, Allen said: If youre going to assemble a team now, its not going to be six Oxbridge white blokes. Its about to become a diverse scope of people who reflect the modern world.
Speaking at a press conference at the Karlovy Vary film festival, where he was presenting his new movie The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, Gilliam told: It stimulated me cry: the idea that … no longer six white Oxbridge men can make a comedy reveal. Now we need one of this, one of that, everybody represented … this is bullshit. I no longer want to be a white male, I dont want to be blamed for everything wrong in the world: I tell the world now Im a black lesbian … My name is Loretta and Im a BLT, a black lesbian in transition.
He added:[ Allen’s] statement made me so angry, all of us so angry. Comedy is not assembled, its not like putting together a boy band where you put together one of this, one of that everyone is represented.
Gilliam follows fellow Python member John Cleese’s angry response to Allen’s remark, who tweeted: Unfair! We were remarkably diverse FOR OUR TIME … We had three grammar-school sons, one a poof, and Gilliam, though not actually black, was a Yank. And NO slave-owners.
Gilliam have already been attracted dispute for his comments on the MeToo campaign, likening it to mob rule and saying: Its crazy how simplified things are becoming.