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Does Quentin Tarantino deserve the backlash?

Quentin Tarantino is facing backlash after Uma Thurman claimed she faced physical abuse on the set of "Kill Bill" in a recent New York Times interview. Since then, controversial comments have been unearthed of Tarantino defending Roman Polanski, who was charged with raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977. Defenders say Tarantino is trying to rectify the situation with Thurman and we shouldn't be quick to cancel everyone who made past offensive remarks. Does Tarantino deserve the backlash?

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In a New York Times interview, Uma Thurman claims Harvey Weinstein assaulted her and that director Quentin Tarantino physically abused her by stepping in the shoes of an actor and demonstrating scenes where she had to be spit on and choked. She also claims the director forced her to drive a car in a stunt that she wasn't comfortable operating. That stunt led to Thurman crashing and injuring herself and it took her 15 years to get the footage of the accident.

Thurman says that in “Kill Bill,” Tarantino had done the honors with some of the sadistic flourishes himself, spitting in her face in the scene where Michael Madsen is seen on screen doing it and choking her with a chain in the scene where a teenager named Gogo is on screen doing it.
“Harvey assaulted me but that didn’t kill me,” she says. “What really got me about the crash was that it was a cheap shot. I had been through so many rings of fire by that point. I had really always felt a connection to the greater good in my work with Quentin and most of what I allowed to happen to me and what I participated in was kind of like a horrible mud wrestle with a very angry brother. But at least I had some say, you know?” She says she didn’t feel disempowered by any of it. Until the crash.

The #MeToo movement has made it clear that time is up for misogyny and the whitewashing of sexual abuse and physical abuse. Between Tarantino's treatment of Thurman on the set of "Kill Bill" and his casual dismissal of Polanski's rape of a 13-year-old girl in 1977, Jezebel argues Tarantino deserves the backlash he's receiving.

That Tarantino’s apologia is disingenuous in the era of #MeToo could come as a surprise if you’re unfamiliar with the director’s love of depicting women having the shit kicked out of them on camera or if you’re unfamiliar with interviews he’s done in the past. Like, for example, this 2003 Howard Stern interview submitted to us by a reader in which he adamantly defends Roman Polanski’s sexual assault of a 13-year-old in 1977.
What do you know: A Weinstein apologist who pushes his actors into unsafe situations and loves casually using the n-word is also an asshole with dangerous opinions.
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In an interview with Deadline, writer Mike Fleming offered Tarantino the chance to tell his side of the story.

I offered Tarantino the opportunity to clarify because at this moment, stories get written and then picked up across the globe, often getting twisted to suit convenient narratives in this #MeToo moment. Here, Tarantino discusses in great detail the article and his long and complex relationship with Thurman, and in so doing, he illuminates how the dynamic between director and his actor works and why it can seem so awkward when given brief description in an article.

The director explained his point of view in great detail of what happened on the set of "Kill Bill." Tarantino claims he deeply regrets Thurman's car stunt gone wrong. He admitted the accident broke the trust between he and Thurman for years. The two previously worked on the classic award-nominated film "Pulp Fiction" together.

Just horrible. Watching her fight for the wheel… remembering me hammering about how it was safe and she could do it. Emphasizing that it was a straight road, a straight road… the fact that she believed me, and I literally watched this little S curve pop up. And it spins her like a top. It was heartbreaking. Beyond one of the biggest regrets of my career, it is one of the biggest regrets of my life. For a myriad of reasons.

Tarantino also claimed the footage of the car stunt that Thurman desperately wanted to get her hands on for 15 years was out of his hands. Miramax's insurance company was involved. 

Uma thought I had acquiesced to them not letting her see the footage. I didn’t know any of that was necessarily going on. I knew they weren’t letting her see the footage, but I didn’t know she thought I was part of that. She had just told me they hadn’t let her see the footage.

In an effort to rectify the situation, Tarantino helped Thurman get the footage 15 years later. Although many acknowledge that Tarantino's actions on the set of the film were despicable, he has since apologized and worked to repair his relationship with Thurman.

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But at Collider, Matt Goldberg wasn't having Tarantino's Deadline defense.

Mike Fleming, Jr., after casually dismissing the #MeToo movement in the second paragraph, works more as Tarantino’s publicist than a journalist... rather than challenge anything Tarantino says, he simply asks leading questions that lets the director cast himself in the best light.

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Actress Diane Kruger came to the director's defense. After all, Tarantino is also known for featuring strong heroines and protagonists of color in his films.

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But he has yet to explain or clarify his creepy comments about Polanski's victim.

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Others say Tarantino has displayed bad judgment and questionable morals, but that is not the same as being a sexual predator.

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