In the wake of dozens of women coming forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, one famous director, Kevin Smith, is taking a stand and making a pledge to never profit off of Weinstein again.
Director Kevin Smith said that he will donate future residuals from his films that were produced or distributed by Harvey Weinstein to Women in Film, a nonprofit organization supporting female filmmakers. Smith had several of his movies produced by Weinstein, including his most famous film, “Clerks.”
He financed the first 14 years of my career – and now I know while I was profiting, others were in terrible pain. It makes me feel ashamed. https://t.co/T0hInW7EqJ
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) October 9, 2017
The podcast episode, taped Friday, October 13, “Hollywood Babble On,” he explained his decision:
“My entire career is tied up with the man. Everything I did in the beginning has his name on it, and I spent many years lionizing him, telling stories… It’s been a weird f***ing week, man. I just wanted to make some f***ng movies, that’s it, you know what I’m saying? That’s why I came, that’s why I made ‘Clerks.’ And no f***ing movie is worth all this. Like, my entire career, f**k it, take it. It’s wrapped up in something really fucking horrible.”
“He financed the first 14 years of my career and now I know while I was profiting, others were in terrible pain. It makes me feel ashamed,” he wrote.
While announcing why he picked the Los Angeles-based Women in Film, Smith said, “It’s historically much harder, of course, for a woman to get a film made than a man.” He added that he is worried his Weinstein-associated projects will be devalued by the scandal, so he pledged to give $2,000 a month to the organization “from now until the f???ing day I die.”
“And hopefully that just goes to people that get to make sh** without having to deal with some f***ing animal saying, ‘Here’s the price,’ ” Smith said.
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