Hypocrisy seems to be the universal commonality among many in Hollywood these days. Obviously, there are good people within any industry, but it's not really the good people who make the headlines. Now, we have Quentin Tarantino being called out by Kill Bill actress Uma Thurman.
In an interview with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, Thurman details an experience on the set of this movie, in which Quentin Tarantino pushed her to perform a driving stunt herself, one that she didn't feel comfortable doing. Thurman wanted an experienced stunt double to operate the car, particularly as there were concerns on the set about the car's safety. In the interview with Dowd, Thurman says the car drifted off the road and smashed into a palm tree nearby.
She alleges that she suffered neck and knee injuries that still bother her to this day.
Thurman, who had a strong working relationship with Tarantino up until that incident, noted that while she doesn't feel there was malicious intent behind it, she found the situation to be "quite negligent to the point of criminality."
But there are other more troubling aspects of Thurman's account, specifically the fact that Tarantino knew about Harvey Weinstein's abusive behaviour against Thurman herself. And, as recently as two days ago, director Judd Apatow, who has his own set of issues in Hollywood, blasted Tarantino on Twitter, saying that Tarantino ignored actress Daryl Hannah when she too claimed she'd been harassed by Weinstein. Apatow claims that Weinsten's people kicked her off the press tour, and that no one helped her pursuit of justice.
Is there any acceptable reason to not report this type of abuse? Of course there isn't. Perhaps Tarantino wanted to keep making movies with Weinstein. If so, he allowed numerous women to be abused by this man. The irony is as thick as you would want your door to be between you and Weinstein, if you're a woman.
Will Tarantino will be ostracized from Hollywood the way Harvey Weinstein seems to have been? Will he ever be able to work in Hollywood again? Or will he be like another "I didn't do it myself but I knew about it" celebrity like Tonya Harding and have a movie made about him?
If Hollywood really wants to be the arbiter of morality and the administers of justice, its meme-ers might want to check their own compasses.