Aggrieved White Director Terry Gilliam: I'm Now a Black Lesbian

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Terry Gilliam, best known for directing Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail, thinks he has it really bad a straight white cisgender man.

“I’m no longer a white man, I’m a black lesbian,” Gilliam said at the 2018 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, according to ET Canada. “But seriously, it’s really crazy. In the BBC, it is true that every little group of people on this planet must be represented in everything they broadcast.”

Gilliam was asked about recent comments by Shane Allen, controller of BBC’s comedy lineup; Allen had said, “If you’re going to assemble a team now, it’s not going to be six Oxbridge white blokes … it’s going to be a diverse range of people who reflect the modern world.”

Gilliam's response: “It made me cry: the idea that … no longer six white Oxbridge men can make a comedy show. Now we need one of this, one of that; everybody represented … this is bullshit.”  

“I no longer want to be a white male,” he continued. “I don’t want to be blamed for everything wrong in the world: I tell the world now I’m a black lesbian. … My name is Loretta and I’m a BLT, a black lesbian in transition.”

Although icons Wanda Skyes and Lena Waithe have broken out in the world of comedy, black lesbians in entertainment are few and far between.

“Comedy is not assembled, it’s not like putting together a boy band where you put together one of this, one of that [and] everyone is represented," the director said.

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