Ellen Barkin hits back at Terry Gilliam over #MeToo comments

Ellen Barkin worked with Hollywood director Terry Gilliam in the 1998 film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. (AFP)
Updated 20 March 2018
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Ellen Barkin hits back at Terry Gilliam over #MeToo comments

LOS ANGELES: The actress Ellen Barkin has hit back at Hollywood director Terry Gilliam after he said the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault has morphed into “mob rule.”
“My hard-won advice: never get into an elevator alone with Terry Gilliam,” the American actress, 63, tweeted over the weekend.
Barkin worked with Gilliam in the 1998 film “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”
On Monday, she wrote on Twitter that according to Gilliam, Harvey Weinstein was exposed as an alleged serial sexual predator “’because he is an asshole and made a lot of enemies,’ not because he molested or raped over 80” women.
“What is it you are defending when you attack a movement whose goal is to keep women safe?” Barkin wrote.
On Friday, Gilliam raised eyebrows by saying in an interview with AFP that the reaction against the wave of sexual abuse and harassment revelations had become ugly and “simplistic ... people are frightened to say things, to think things.”
He added: “I know enough girls who were in Harvey’s suites who were not victims and walked out.”
“It’s like when mob rule takes over,” Gilliam said.
Barkin reacted with a series of angry tweets against Gilliam but did not give any details about her allusion to “hard-won advice” about not riding alone in an elevator with the director.


Images of a father carrying his disabled son during graduation in Yemen tugs at the heart strings

Updated 19 April 2018
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Images of a father carrying his disabled son during graduation in Yemen tugs at the heart strings

  • Yemeni journalist and photographer Farouk Muqbel took footage of an elderly father in Sanaa

In video footage that will pull at the heart strings of even the most hardened, a proud father can be seen giving his disabled son a piggyback during his graduation ceremony in Yemen.  

The inspiring moment of the elderly man and his son was captured by Yemeni photojournalist Farouk Muqbel, who was filming the graduation ceremony of the Al-Noor Center for the Care and Rehabilitation of the Blind in Sanaa on Wednesday.

The father’s pride can be clearly seen as he carried his son who was graduating from secondary school.

The Al-Noor center was founded in 1967 and serves over 200 students, mostly children, who have visual disabilities.

The center’s manager told Human Rights Watch in 2016 that when the conflict started on March 26, 2015, the Houthis militia set up an office on the ground floor of the kindergarten building and placed guards at the compound’s entrance.