"Kill Bill" director Quentin Tarantino has come under heavy fire after the publication of a New York Times article on Uma Thurman's accusations against Harvey Weinstein portrayed the director as a potentially sadistic and threatening figure.
In the piece, writer Maureen Dowd describes Tarantino opting to do a few of the more sadistic scenes with Thurman himself, including choking her with a chain and spitting on her. Tarantino has since explained that he made the decision only to protect her because he simply did not trust anyone else to do it and wanted to limit the number of takes.
After the initial publication of the article on Saturday, actress Jessica Chastain took to Twitter to condemn Tarantino and what she suggested was a larger pattern of abusive portrayals of women.
"I keep imagining Tarantino spitting in Uma's face and strangling her with a chain for KILL BILL. How many images of women in media do we celebrate that showcase abuse? When did this become normalized 'entertainment'?" wrote Chastain, in a series of tweets. "When violence against women is used as a plot device to make the characters stronger then we have a problem. It is not empowering to be beaten and raped, yet so many films make it their 'pheonix' moment for women. We don't need abuse in order to be powerful. We already are. Directors inserting themselves into a scene depicting abuse is crossing a boundary. How can an actor feel safe when your director is strangling you?"
Former porn star-turned conservative "libslayer" Jenna Jameson responded to Chastain's "ridiculous" complaint by slamming the actress for portraying women as "weak" victims.
"This is ridiculous... men are subjected to the same. Plz stop victimizing women and making them seem weak," wrote Jameson.
Unsurprisingly, several of Jameson's followers agreed, including YouTuber LeeAnnStar.
"Yeah I'm not a weak b**** and I can f***ing handle it," she wrote. "Stop speaking for all women like you know them. I can't stand this s*** you want to be equal but also demand that everyone protect your fragile feelings ..f*** that. These celebs are so out of touch with reality lol"
A couple of other examples:
Both Tarantino and Thurman have addressed the allegations in the Dowd article, which both suggested portrayed him in an unfair light. Read Tarantino's comments here.
Below is the statement Thurman issued via Instagram, along with the video of her notorious accident on the set of "Kill Bill," an accident for which she has partly blamed Tarantino and he describes as one of the worst decisions of his life:
Criticism of Tarantino has ramped up even further this week after the unearthing of a 2003 interview with Howard Stern in which Tarantino downplayed Roman Polanski's heinous rape of a 13-year-old girl. Read more here.