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In the latest Harvey Weinstein revelations, director and long-time friend of the Hollywood executive, Quentin Tarantino, sat down with the New York Times for an hour-long interview about the ongoing allegations of sexual assault. Throughout the piece, he states about knowing Weinstein’s actions toward women in the industry for decades, citing examples of allegations from co-workers, friends, and even former girlfriend Mira Sorvino. While Tarantino can now add his name to the list of celebrities speaking against the media mogul, many are unsure why he chose to say anything in the first place.
After detailing his personal relationship with Weinstein—both professional in their movie collaborations and personal in their mentor/mentee relationship—his interview ended with the Times asking Tarantino if he thinks Weinstein’s allegations will reflect on his own image and career.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I hope it doesn’t.”
That’s all it took for users on Twitter to disregard Tarantino’s apology entirely.
“Excited for Tarantino’s shitty revisionist history movie where he castrates a Harvey Weinstein-like character and pats himself on the back,” tweeted @pilotbacon.
excited for tarantino's shitty revisionist history movie where he castrates a harvey weinstein-like character and pats himself on the back
— pilot (@pilotbacon) October 19, 2017
“If only Quentin Tarantino had dated ALL the women in Hollywood this unpleasantness could have been avoided, wow” tweeted @andizeisler, referring to the director questioning former girlfriend Sorvino on Weinstein’s passes, but saying he felt the problem was resolved once they started dating.
“He won’t mess with her, he knows that’s my girlfriend,” Tarantino said in his Times interview.
if only Quentin Tarantino had dated ALL the women in Hollywood this unpleasantness could have been avoided, wow pic.twitter.com/nKYG3hJ8eR
— Andi Zeisler (@andizeisler) October 19, 2017
“I hated Tarantino before, and now, forget it, just another guy who could have done something, but benefitted from the status quo,” tweeted @melsil.
I hated Tarantino before, and now, forget it, just another guy who could have done something, but benefitted from the status quo
— Melissa Silverstein (@melsil) October 19, 2017
Earlier in the piece. Tarantino said he regretted not taking the women’s stories seriously enough.
“I chalked it up to a ’50s-’60s era image of a boss chasing a secretary around the desk,” he told the Times. “As if that’s OK. That’s the egg on my face right now.”
The Weinstein Company has produced all of Tarantino’s films since Pulp Fiction, with two of the company’s highest-grossing films being Django Unchained and Inglorious Basterds.
Samantha Reichstein is a former intern for the Daily Dot whose work focused on entertainment and politics. She's written for the Bump, the Nest, the Knot, the Austin American-Statesman, Austin Way Magazine, and Broadway World TV.