Busy Philipps took to Twitter to declare that Quentin Tarantino is “officially cancelled”.
The actor, best known for Freaks and Geeks, shared her own experiences of auditioning for the director, after an interview with Howard Stern resurfaced in which he vehemently defends Roman Polanski’s sexual assault of a 13-year-old, saying the victim was a “party girl” who “wanted to have it”.
Polanski pleaded guilty to engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor in 1977; a grand jury had originally charged him with drugging and raping the victim, before he agreed to the plea deal and fled to Europe. He is currently living in Poland.
“He didn’t rape a 13-year-old – it was statutory rape. He had sex with a minor – that’s not rape. To me when you use the word rape, it’s one of the most violent crimes in the world,” Tarantino said, adding: “Throwing the word rape around is like throwing the word racist around – it just doesn’t apply to everything people use it for. He was guilty of having sex with a minor.”
Philipps wrote in a Twitter thread: “F*ck this guy. F*ck anyone who works with him. I’m embarrassed that I ever auditioned for him. F*ck him. That I f*cking showed up in SHORT SHORTS AND FLIP FLOPS as requested because I WANTED THE JOB. This business sucks and enables predators and F*CKING ENOUGH.”
She added that the audition was ten years ago and that, “I’m SURE I’M TOO F*CKING OLD NOW.”
Philipps also referenced her anger over Uma Thurman’s recent interview with The New York Times, in which she alleged that Tarantino had pressured her into performing a dangerous stunt for Kill Bill which ended in hospitalisation and lifelong injuries, while also claiming the director had spit in her face and choked her with a chain for the film.
Thurman has since taken to Instagram to explain that she doesn’t think Tarantino had “malicious intent”, but places her anger in an alleged cover up involving Harvey Weinstein, Lawrence Bender, and E. Bennett Walsh.
In a statement to Deadline Tarantino said, “Me and Uma had our issues about the crash. She blamed me for the crash and she had a right to blame me for the crash. I didn’t mean to do it. I talked her into getting in the car, I assured her the road was safe. And it wasn’t. The car might even have been dubious too even if I didn’t know that then. We had our issues about it.”
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