Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino broke his conspicuous silence in wake of the firestorm surrounding his former business partner Harvey Weinstein’s treatment of women over the course of decades.
Harvey Weinstein appears to be a prolific sexual abuser who behaved with complete impunity, the man allegedly had total disregard for the lives he was destroying.
To his credit, Tarantino was transparent about the fact that he concealed knowledge of sexual assaults, and that only when reports of the crimes surfaced did he feel compelled to fall on his sword.
Fair play to him, but is that enough?
From USA Today
“I knew enough to do more than I did,” the director told The New York Times in an interview published Thursday.
Tarantino cited several Weinstein episodes involving prominent actresses.
“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,” Tarantino said. “I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard.
What I did was marginalize the incidents,” Tarantino said, “Anything I say now will sound like a crappy excuse.”
He added: “I chalked it up to a ’50s-’60s era image of a boss chasing a secretary around the desk. As if that’s OK. That’s the egg on my face right now.”
Tarantino most likely would never have come forward if the revelations about Weinstein had not to come to light.
Based on his track record concerning Harvey Weinstein, Tarantino would have been content to keep turning the cheek while innocent women were targeted by the Hollywood mogul.
Tarantino understands that his apology will fall on deaf ears as it relates to the victims, but the fact that he was aware of Weinstein’s crimes and did nothing is a serious problem.
Tarantino was not conflicted about this in the least while it was going down, he kept making movies, and cashing checks, the morality of the situation did not appear to dawn on him until it became a scandal.
But he is not alone is he?
Countless people ignored this situation out of fear, even as the actual victims were forced to massage this scumbag’s shoulders, watch him masturbate, or be chased by him while he is in a bathrobe.
Tarantino’s apology appears to be weak, opportunistic, and unbecoming of a director who has made a career out of elevating women on screen.