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When will Quentin Tarantino speak up about Harvey Weinstein?

Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino whose eight out of nine films were produced by Harvey Weinstein’s company, has stayed mum over Harvey’s alleged sexual exploitation of Hollywood actors, so far.

hollywood Updated: Oct 13, 2017 13:56 IST
Samarth Goyal
Samarth Goyal
Hindustan Times
Quentin Tarantino,Harvey Weinstein,Hollywood
Harvey Weinstein has distributed eight out of nine films directed by Quentin Tarantino.

Ever since New York Times published the explosive story about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein sexually harassing his company’s employees and actors, and paying them to “shut up” about it, reactions from everyone, including his colleagues, have been pouring from all over the globe.

However, one person who has worked extensively with Harvey Weinstein, over the course of 20 years, is famed director Quentin Tarantino. Out of the nine films Tarantino has made so far, eight of them, including Pulp Fiction (1994)and The Hateful Eight (2015), have been distributed by, Miramax/The Weinstein Company, and Harvey had bought the rights to distribute an upcoming documentary by Tarantino. Yet the Oscar-winning director hasn’t said a single word about Weinstein or the incidents, which have brought about the downfall of the powerful movie mogul.

So far 29 victims, including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Beckinsale among others, have spoken publically and given detailed accounts of their encounters with Weinstein. Ever since that, those close to him including George Clooney, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, too, had to issue statements, in which they expressed “shock”, and claimed they maintained a “professional” relationship with Weinstein, and had no clue about these events.

Back in 2015, Weinstein had come to Tarantino’s support, after the former had spoken up against the American police brutality, who in retaliation asked every American cop to boycott his movies. “I think he’s been misunderstood and misinterpreted. I respect his right to speak out for what he believes in,” he had told then.

One must wonder, why Tarantino hasn’t said anything, when Weinstein has been in the spotlight for over a week now. What’s more strange is that Tarantino is known for creating powerful women characters in his films ( Kill Bill Vol 1 and 2 are probably his best films) has decided to stay shut, and not talk about his friend’s actions. And what’s equally worse is that, while everyone called out Matt Damon and George Clooney, for not voicing their concern, no one has pointed a finger at Tarantino, who might had to release a statement had there been enough pressure.

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First Published: Oct 13, 2017 13:18 IST