The Big Issue : Edition 564
8 THEBIGISSUE.ORG.AU 15–28 JUN 2018 “What bothers me is that I get linked in with them [Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby etc]. People who have been accused by 20 women, 50 women, 100 women of abuse and abuse and abuse. And I, who was only accused by one woman in a child custody case, which was looked at and proven to be untrue, I get lumped in with these people... You know I should be the poster boy for the #MeToo movement because I have worked in movies for 50 years. I’ve worked with hundreds of actresses and not a single one – big ones, famous ones, ones starting out – have ever, ever suggested any kind of impropriety at all. I’ve always had a wonderful record with them.” Film director Woody Allen (Annie Hall; Manhattan) on why he should be a feminist icon. – cnn.com (US) “When you’ve internalised society’s homophobia, it’s like it corrupts your operating system. For me, it was like a virus in my system, that shame I felt. Totally misplaced [but] it kind of meant I didn’t feel like I was standing on solid ground. I was terrified of myself, I think.” Actor Magda Szubanski (Babe; Kath & Kim) on the debilitating effects of homophobia. – The Age “I think a very, very small number of people should be in prison for a short period of time. I would release 95 per cent of prisoners if I had the chance. I mean, prison is an idea that was invented a couple thousand years ago. How many other social policy ideas from back then do we still use? Not a lot.” Bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point; Blink). – The New York Times (US) “I think we are not teachers. Teacher still carries that strong sense of telling. ‘I taught them something.’ I think we are learning designers now.” Professor Guy Claxton, from Kings College, London, who has also called erasers an “insrument of the devil”. – The Telegraph (UK) “As Bismarck used to say, if we explained to people how sausages were made, it’s unlikely they’d keep eating them. So I like it when people see the finished meal, but I’m not convinced the kitchen commentary helps with delivering the meal or eating it.” France’s President Emmanuel Macron explains in gastronomical terms why he doesn’t comment on his conversations with other world leaders. – The Guardian (UK) HEARSAY WRITER RICHARD CASTLES » CARTOONIST ANDREW WELDON “I’m impressed you know the words Mum.” A teenage daughter on hearing her mum singing along to a now trendy 80s song. Overheard by Lara, of Floreat, WA. EAR2GROUND PHOTOBYGETTY Actor Bill Murray (Lost in Translation; Isle of Dogs) on how he is in his downtime. – The Guardian (UK) MY RELAXATION IS A COMPLETE COLLAPSE OF A HUMAN BEING. THERE’S CERTAINLY NO BACKBONE. IT’S A DISSOLUTION OF HUMANITY IS WHAT IT IS. I’M NOTHING BUT COMPOST MOST OF THE TIME.