After accusations of sexual misconduct have surfaced against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, some are trying to distance themselves from the exposed film executive.
Take Kevin Smith, for example. According to HuffPost, the filmmaker — who earned his place in Hollywood after his low-budget Indie film “Clerks” was picked up by Weinstein in the 1990s — is donating the future residuals he earns from his Weinstein-linked films to Women in Film, an organization that “advocates for and advances the careers of women working in the screen industries.”
HuffPost reports that Smith tweeted his feelings before making the announcement on his podcast, Hollywood Babble-on, sharing that he was “‘ashamed’ to be profiting from his relationship with the producer while ‘others were in terrible pain.'”
On his podcast, HuffPost says the filmmaker expanded on his thought process this way:
“My entire career is tied up with the man,” he said. “It’s been a weird fucking week. I just wanted to make some fucking movies, that’s it. That’s why I came, that’s why I made ‘Clerks.’ And no fucking movie is worth all this. Like, my entire career, fuck it, take it. It’s wrapped up in something really fucking horrible.”
Explaining that he is not looking for sympathy, HuffPost says Smith went on to explain that he feels a sense of responsibility in building up the clout of Weinstein, offering that he often spoke of Weinstein as a “friend” and even a “hero” because he “changed [his] fucking life.”
While it is clear that Smith is still trying to come to terms with the situation, he is certainly trying his best to make up for the years of support he provided to Weinstein; in fact, HuffPost shared that Smith “pledged to donate $2,000 to Women in Film every month for the rest of his life” in addition to donating his residuals.