Quentin Tarantino faces severe backlash on Twitter after defending Roman Polanski in 2003 interview
Just as Quentin Tarantino was about to put the ongoing controversy — surrounding him, Uma Thurman and a car crash that happened on the sets of Kill Bill 15 years ago — to rest, the Pulp Fiction director finds himself mired in a fresh one.
Tarantino was excoriated on social media on Tuesday for remarks he made in a 2003 interview with Howard Stern that resurfaced online recently where he seemingly defends Roman Polanski for having sex with a 13-year-old girl, saying the victim “wanted to have it” and was “down to party” with Polanski.
Here's audio of Quentin Tarantino defending Roman Polanski: 13-year-old girl "wanted to have it" https://t.co/4qkNpbnAVM
— Jezebel (@Jezebel) February 6, 2018
The Django Unchained director was criticised on Twitter as audio surfaced of his remarks concerning Polanski, 84, who has been a fugitive since fleeing to France in 1978 while awaiting sentencing for unlawful sex with a minor in 1975.
Polanski pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with Samantha Geimer, when she was 13. She has said he drugged, raped and sodomised her. Geimer went public about her sexual assault years ago. “She wanted to have it and dated the guy,” Tarantino said in the audio interview.
When Stern and his co-host, Robin Quivers, protested, Tarantino replied, “Look, she was down with this.” Many people are also speculating that Polanski will figure as a significant character in Tarantino’s upcoming film about the Manson murders, slated to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the murders, next year.
Sharon Tate, who was killed, was married to Polanski.
Here are some of the Twitter reactions to Quentin Tarantino's comments from the audio interview
Quentin Tarantino has been a hero of mine for most of my life and yet, without hesitation, I've booted him from my highest mental pedestal to the memory dumpster. Boy, bye.
— Ally (@missmayn) February 6, 2018
Quentin Tarantino has had to endure more than any man should.....
Just Kidding! You want to talk about being complicit? Unlike most folks in Hollywood, Quentin actually knew Harvey was a rapist. He did nothing. https://t.co/Q8wB7nO5w6
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) February 6, 2018
— Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain) February 6, 2018
This has been a banner week for seeing how poorly Quentin Tarantino has aged — Marnie Shure (@marnieshure) February 7, 2018
Quentin Tarantino is pretty much what he looks like.
— Sir Meh of the Greywater (@scgyles) February 7, 2018
Quick confession: Quentin Tarantino was always my answer when someone would ask me “who is your favorite filmmaker?” This is no longer the case. I’m super disgusted. And should have been for awhile with N-dropping films but I let it slide. But this Uma thing? Nah he’s canceled. — Jamie “Is February 16 2018 Here Yet?” Broadnax (@JamieBroadnax) February 7, 2018
quentin tarantino has always been one of my fav filmmakers and him being exposed for the trash & rape apologist that he actually is made me disappointed and disgusted but now mostly happy bcs we are finally aware of what a scumbag he really is
— kyra (@qrandbudapest) February 6, 2018
start your day off with a little light depression by thinking about how many people you respect will go out of their way to defend Quentin Tarantino — Sam Lloyd (@llamsoyd) February 6, 2018
- Choked/spat on/almost killed Uma Thurman by making her crash a car on the Kill Bill set
- Knew about Weinstein’s atrocious behavior, did nothing
- Defended Polanski, mocked the little girl he raped by saying “she wanted it”
My respect for him is GONE.
— JOKER MOVIE (@Sporraw) February 6, 2018
Is anybody surprised by the fact that Quentin Tarantino is a creep? Lol — Gangster Popeye (@gangster_popeye) February 7, 2018
Fuck Quentin Tarantino so very much, there is no director more emblematic of the endless opportunities afforded a mediocre white man than him and his ceaseless Nostalgia-Schlock trading in the same casual racism and tedious misogyny without meaningful subversion or reflection
— Christa Lee (@OhPoorPup) February 7, 2018
quentin tarantino is a vile and revolting piece of shit. men like him are why i'm scared to go out by myself and why am very distrusting of the intentions and actions of men. he's a rape apologist, a racist, a misogynist and overall terrible person. fuck his ass. — stevie nicks' long lost daughter (@nativexicana) February 6, 2018
(With inputs from AP)
Updated Date: Feb 07, 2018 12:28 PM