Following the news of Harvey Weinstein’s actions, Smith announced that he decided he will be donating all residual money from all Weinstein related movies to the “Woman In Film” charity. The Woman In Film charity is a nonprofit that focuses on helping young actresses get a start in the film industry. Smith tweeted on October 9th before declaring his plan for the residual money from anything Weinstein was involved with.
— Women In Film – LA (@WomenInFilm) October 17, 2017
Kevin Smith has also gone one step further in his actions. He also announced if The Weinstein Company doesn’t make it out of this thing alive, Smith will still donate $2,000 a month to Woman In Film for the rest of his life. He went on to say this during his podcast leading to his announcement of his plans for the donation. Smith clearly is struggling with what to do. What can you do when you find a man you once admired is a complete monster?
Smith shared these thoughts on his latest podcast:
I know it’s not my fault, but I didn’t fucking help. Because 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, and he changed my fucking life. And I showed other people, ‘You can dream, and you can make stuff, and this man will put it out. I was singing praises of somebody that I didn’t fucking know.I didn’t know the man that they keep talking about in the press. Clearly, he exists, but that man never showed himself to me. It all hurts, and it didn’t happen to me, but it all hurts.
So I’ve been trying to think of what to do. Everyone on the Internet, of course, has an opinion; a lot of people when I said that I’m ashamed, I wrote a tweet saying I’m ashamed, a lot of people, of course, were like, ‘Give all the money back.’ Well, I don’t have money from 20 years ago, do you? 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, so there’s such a thing as residuals, where I still get money for those movies, for the movies I made at Miramax and for the movies I made with at Weinstein. The first thing I feel like I can do is, I don’t want that anymore.
With all the awful things we hear about Hollywood and the entertainment industry, it’s nice to see some good. There are a few good people left in Hollywood despite new stories popping up seemingly every other day. Way to go, Kevin Smith. I for one am happy Silent Bob has spoken up on this particular subject.