Kevin Smith to Donate $2,000 to Women’s Charity Every Month for the Rest of His Life
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal, Kevin Smith, who owes his career to Weinstein, says he will be donating money to a women’s charity.
Smith announced this on the most recent episode of his podcast Hollywood Babble-On. Smith first said that he would be donating all of the residuals he receives from Weinstein movies to Women In Film, a non-profit dedicated to helping women in the entertainment industry. Those Weinstein movies he receives residuals from are Clerks, Chasing Amy, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Jersey Girl, Clerks II, and Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Kevin Smith has only directed 12 movies (13 if you count a short segment in Holidays), so he is committing to donating the residuals from half of his filmography to charity.
“It’s historically much harder, of course, for a woman to get a film made than it is as a man, as we’ve seen, so that feels like a start,” Smith said.
But Smith felt that this was not enough, especially considering the possibility that the Weinsteins’ movies will lose their value, and so he also announced that he would donate $2,000 to Women in Film every month for the rest of his life. The average life expectancy for men in the United States is 76, and Kevin Smith is 47 today. He is therefore committing to donating about $700,000 to Women in Film over the next three decades. Smith’s net worth is estimated to be $25 million.
The Clerks director became extremely emotional talking about the Harvey Weinstein allegations on the podcast this week, holding back tears and expressing tremendous guilt that his career was launched by a man who hurt so many people.
“It’s been a weird f*cking week, man,” Smith said. “I just wanted to make some f*cking movies. That’s it. That’s why I came. That’s why I made Clerks. And no f*cking movie is worth all this. Like, my entire career, f*ck it. Take it. It’s wrapped up in something really f*cking horrible.”
Smith went on to say that he feels terrible that he sang Harvey Weinstein’s praises for years not realizing who he really was.
“All I do is go out there and tell people, ‘Live your f*cking dreams, man, and make f*cking art and sh*t like that,’ and then this is what’s waiting on the f*cking other end,” Smith said.
The director also said that a lot of people suggested giving all the money back he ever received from these Weinstein movies, but that’s not exactly something he can do because “well, I don’t have money from 20 years ago, do you?” But he can take steps to ensure that he does not profit off of the movies anymore, which is what he will be doing by donating residuals from these films to charity.
Kevin Smith’s big break in Hollywood was with Clerks, a low budget, independent film that was bought by Miramax, the company founded by Bob and Harvey Weinstein. This was at a time when the Weinsteins were helping a lot of young filmmakers break into the industry, with another example being Quentin Tarantino, whose first movie, Reservoir Dogs, was bought by Miramax. Unlike Kevin Smith, every one of Quentin Tarantino’s movies was distributed by the Weinsteins. In a statement, Tarantino recently said that he is “stunned and heartbroken” about the Weinstein allegations but that he will speak publicly about the situation in more detail in the coming days.