Famed Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino, whose popular movies such as Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and The Hateful Eight that have all been produced and financed by The Weinstein Company, has made public comments condemning Harvey Weinstein following the moguls firing from his own company. The comments follow after a train of alleged sexual misconduct claims from a wide variety of Hollywood actresses. Tarantino even went so far as to call for reform of the way Hollywood operates.
The New York Times posted excerpts from the hour-long interview they conducted with Tarantino, who described his relationship with Weinstein as almost parental… like a father-son relationship. However, he told the outlet that he always knew about the issues but didn’t do more, saying…
“I knew enough to do more than I did, there was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things.”
The article goes on to explain that Tarantino did confront Weinstein once before, mainly because his then girlfriend, Mira Sorvino, had come to him about Weinstein chasing her around a hotel room and giving her an unrequested massage. Tarantino explained…
“I was shocked and appalled. I couldn’t believe he would do that so openly. I was like: ‘Really? Really?’ But the thing I thought then, at the time, was that he was particularly hung up on Mira.”
“I thought Harvey was hung up on her in this Svengali kind of way, because he was infatuated with her, he horribly crossed the line.”
“[But since] I’m with her, he knows that, he won’t mess with her, he knows that she’s my girlfriend,”
Actress Ellen Barkin praised Tarantino for his comments via a tweet, exclaiming that she hopes it opens the floodgates.
“Take a pause” is not in my nature, fuck it…
Thank you Quentin. May your full blown apology
open the floodgates. https://t.co/9Etr4KUBKK
— Ellen Barkin (@EllenBarkin) October 19, 2017
Tarantino did suggest to the New York Times that there needs to be some measure of reform in Hollywood, saying…
“What I did was marginalize the incidents, Anything I say now will sound like a crappy excuse.”
“Hollywood has been “operating under an almost Jim Crow-like system that us males have almost tolerated. We allowed it to exist because that’s the way it was.”
“I’m calling on the other guys who knew more to not be scared. Don’t just give out statements. Acknowledge that there was something rotten in Denmark. Vow to do better by our sisters.”
“What was previously accepted is now untenable to anyone of a certain consciousness.”
Many commenters on the New York Times article see Tarantino’s testimony as hollow words from an enabler.
Bob “MovieBob” Chipman also had acknowledged that one of his friends, former movie critic Devin Faraci, was performing Weinstein-esque actions against women as well. At the behest of cowardice he – much like Tarantino – also kept silent about Faraci’s misconduct.
After the Weinstein scandal we’ve seen a flood of allegations and testimonies surface about the issue being widespread and decades old. However, no one did anything about it.
Recently there have been a string of firings, however, as some self-proclaimed SJWs and male-feminists have been outed for their behavior and ousted from their jobs. One British MP doesn’t feel as if vapid apologies and job firings is enough and that some of these anti-#GamerGate SJWs and male-feminists need to do prison time.