In the wake of dozens of women coming forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, his colleagues in the industry have had to come to terms with his legacy — and theirs. One famous director is taking a stand and making a pledge to never profit off of Weinstein again.
Kevin Smith had several of his movies produced by Weinstein, including his most famous film, “Clerks.” While Smith may have previously felt that he owed his career success to the prolific producer, he’s now denouncing Weinstein and says that he will give any future profits made from his films in which Weinstein was involved to the nonprofit Women in Film, which advocates for and advances the careers of women working in screen industries.
On the Oct. 13 episode of Smith’s podcast, “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.”
Previously, Smith had taken to Twitter to express the dismay and shame he felt when learned of the allegations:
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
“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.
Additionally, if his Weinstein-financed movies cease to continue making money some time in the future, Smith said on his podcast that he will personally give $2,000 per month to Women in Film for the rest of his life.
“That feels like a start. Hopefully that goes to people that get to make sh** without having to deal with some f***ing animal saying, ‘Here’s the price,'” he said.
What do you think of Kevin Smith’s pledge to support women in Hollywood?