The Career Controversies Of Quentin Tarantino And His ResponsesBy Toby Tunwase
In a conversation with podcast host Joe Rogan, Tarantino tackled several of his career controversies. Two of the topics the Oscar-winning writer-director discussed were the scandals faced by one of his major producers – Harvey Weinstein, and the idea of violence in movies against female characters. These two controversies are discussed in detail below:
- On the criticism that John Ruth beats Jennifer Jason Leigh’s Daisy Domergue in The Hateful Eight
According to him, nothing that happened to her could not have happened to a man in the same situation. He thinks that if the cases were reversed and the same things happened to Big Bill Shelly (David Carradine’s Boxcar Bertha train robber), a 250-pound man with a Grizzly Adams beard, nobody would have raised an eyebrow. In his opinion, since her character was so bad, she deserved it just as much as Big Bill Shelly, so he was not interested in picking a favorite.
- Regarding Harvey Weinstein, who produced most of Tarantino’s films and who was sentenced in 2020 to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault
The director said that all of the actors working with him were aware of some of the producer’s behavior. According to him, the Weinstein situation made him emotionally upset, and he considered the producer as a “fucked up father figure.” He added that he wished he or others really sat down to discuss with Weinstein; wished they had that uncomfortable conversation with the producer.