Kevin Smith has announced he will donate all future residuals from movies funded by Harvey Weinstein’s production companies to Women in Film, a nonprofit organization that promotes equal opportunities for women in the film industry. Smith came to the decision in response to recent and ongoing sexual harassment and rape allegations levied at Weinstein.
Smith made the announcement on his Hollywood Babble-On podcast, owning up to the fact that he largely owes his career to Weinstein, whose Miramax Films company funded Smith’s breakout comedy Clerks back in 1994. Miramax would go on to fund or distribute more films from Smith throughout the years, like Chasing Amy, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Jersey Girl.
"No fucking movie is worth all this," Smith said. "Like, my entire career, fuck it, take it. It's wrapped up in something really fucking horrible. I’m not looking for sympathy. I know it’s not my fault, but I didn’t fucking help. I sat out there talking about this man like he was a hero, like he was my friend, like he was my father and shit like that."
The allegations against Weinstein started piling up after Oct. 5, when The New York Times published an extensive report detailing the movie executive’s repeated, unwanted sexual advances towards actors and employees. Accusations range from Weinstein inviting women up to his hotel room where he demanded they provide massages for him while he was naked, to coercing employees to have sex with him and promising future career favors in return. At the time of publication, 47 women have come forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment or rape.
When Smith first addressed the Weinstein scandal on Twitter, several users stepped forward to suggest the director donate his earnings from Weinstein films to charity. Smith profited from Weinstein’s financial aid for over a decade, so much of that money has been spent or wouldn’t be easily quantifiable. Instead, Smith decided to donate all further proceeds from Weinstein-backed movies to the Women in Film non-profit organization.
"Well, I don't have money from 20 years ago, do you?” Smith said. “But that being said, I work in an industry where thankfully there are dividends that come out of a movie for the rest of your life. The first thing I feel like I can do is ... I don't want that anymore."
Women in Film is a nonprofit that advocates for increased gender parity in the film industry, as well as reducing systemic bias towards women in regards to hiring, pay and representation.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)