It is with disappointment and yet not much surprise that we approach writing this article. Before we delve deeper, let us begin with a Winston Churchill quote on the matter,
“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
It is not merely once that acclaimed movie director Quentin Tarantino has been accused of chauvinism, covert aggression, and the promotion thereof, racism and abuse of his cast. Shock horror, there are two sides to every coin.
Perplexing Back Story
For some reason or another, last year a controversial history of Harvey Weinstein emerged, just in time to promote – or demote – the upcoming release from Tarantino, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Certain journalists and the like, took the opportunity to press charges on Tarantino, as the man used to work closely with the defendant. His respectful commentary on the issue was that he “knew enough to do more than [he] did”.
And instead of focusing on his one before the last movie, particular lovers of the written word placed judgment and hatred on the man, looking to by all means diminish his indisputably positive and incomparable influence on the industry.
Renowned actress Uma Thurman did speak up on Weinstein’s one-way advances towards her at the time of their collaboration. Surprisingly, the interview was followed by the issue of a video where Thurman performed allegedly “dangerous scenes” in Kill Bill I, an action movie. And now, a year later, the actress has confirmed discussing with Tarantino the making of the third part to the iconic story. So, who’s telling the truth? The people actually involved or the oblivious media?
Films Are Fiction. Full Stop.
If anything, Tarantino is known for writing strong, independent women, and all of his female characters have dominant roles in their respective movies. But that’s beside the point right now. What the director himself has repeatedly and continually underlined is that movies – or at least his own – are based on a fictitious notion he had in his mind while writing them. It is important to tell fiction from reality, the moviemaker highlights.
Another irrevocable proof of the man’s omnipotence is his impact on other industries. For instance, in iGaming, the moviemaker now sees the metamorphosis of his Robert Kurtzman co-written detective/action release From Dusk Till Dawn into an online slot. The 5×3 video slot by Novomatic surely deserves to shine among the best slot games of all time – just like Tarantino’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star.
You know it’s a Tarantino movie if it’s violent; no one has ever denied that. And even so, we have had critics condemn the man for “fostering violence to children”. The outspoken director provoked the public by actually encouraging parents to have their kids see Kill Bill, which sparked even more controversy. But that’s Tarantino. Claiming that his masterpieces push children into aggression is pure ignorance. As a means of comparison, the Japanese are known to be an enviably peaceful and mindful nation; yet their movies, like the 2000 Battle Royale exhibits quite the opposite of this serenity. Does that make the people any less tranquil? We didn’t think so.
Luckily, there are still writers who renounce the blinkers and can actually face the truth as it is. Ignoring factual events on account of proving one’s attitude right is against every law of argument defending. As long as one has reasons for their statements, there is a place for discussion. If not, then stating that opinion is absurd.
To wrap up, the overarching message of this article would be that before trying to drag someone’s name through the mud, one should make sure they have their facts straight.
De plus, speaking of evidence, the simplest way to collect it is by actually watching any of Tarantino’s movies, such as Jackie Brown or Death Proof, in which his female protagonists are dynamic and complex characters, and not to be messed with.
Visual journalist/Graduating student, University of Missouri-Columbia. Lover of everything in the gaming industry and an avid fan of all films!