To say that director Kevin Smith was upset by the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein, with whom he shared a business relationship, is not quite enough.
Days after the news broke Smith tweeted out a statement: “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.”
But Smith wasn’t done yet. Last Friday, during his “Hollywood Babble-On” podcast, Smith — with co-host Ralph Garman referring to Weinstein as a “predatory monster” — let loose an emotional statement wrapped in f-bombs:
"No (expletive) movie is worth all this. Like, my entire career, (expletive) it, take it," he said. "It's wrapped up in something really (expletive) horrible. I'm not looking for sympathy. I know it's not my fault, but I didn't (expletive) help. I sat out there talking about this man like he was a hero, like he was my friend, like he was my father."
Smith then promised to donate any future residuals he receives from the movies he made backed by Weinstein to the nonprofit Women in Film. In addition — in case the developing scandal devours The Weinstein Company or devalues those residuals — Smith has pledged $2,000 a month to the nonprofit “until the day I die.”
When Weinstein got behind the independent movie “Clerks” in 1994, Smith’s Hollywood career was launched. The business relationship would continue, much to the financial benefit of Smith.
“Clerks II,” “Chasing Amy,” “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” “Jersey Girl” were among the Smith movies that Weinstein backed.