Writers, Actors, Directors chime in on Uma/QT

I like reading Owen Gleiberman, he has always had interesting and not-always popular opinions on just about anything. However, he seems to be going with the grain here, saying, more or less, that Quentin Tarantino over-stepped his boundaries when he "forced" Uma Thurman to perform a car stunt on Kill Bill: Volume Two. I'm staying neutral on this topic because Uma Thurman could have easily refused and gone to SAG, which would surely have taken her side. However, Tarantino's attitude that day seems to be fairly douche-based and forceful towards Thurman. Uma does deserves the benefit of the doubt in that QT, as the director, does overpower her and seems to have abused it, a problem that seems to be as relevant as ever.

From Gleiberman’s Variety essay
"[Tarantino] certainly needs to address the Kill Bill car scandal in a far more detailed and confessional manner. Because he’s in the murky middle of it, obviously, but also because Tarantino is in a position to shed light on how the vertiginous power dynamics of Hollywood operate, and how they might now change."
“There’s no denying that the car incident didn’t just happen out of ‘negligence.’ It was the result of a recklessness, an arrogance, a so-ingrained-it’s-taken-for-granted pattern of unchecked aggressive male dominion in the film business. Seen against the backdrop of #MeToo, against the pileup of accusations and a landscape that’s shifted, overnight, to a policy of zero tolerance, the Kill Bill incident looks, perhaps, like a second cousin of harassment: the cold exploitation of talent by those who surely knew better.”
"[Tarantino is] not accused of sexual harassment — but he was, of course, very close to Harvey Weinstein, so the question of what he knew and when he knew it, and what responsibility (if any) he holds for enabling Weinstein’s behavior, remains relevant. Tarantino has already spoken out on these matters, in an October interview with The New York Times that seemed, at the time, to keep the world at bay. He may now have to say more."





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