The year 2003 was probably a pretty great year for Quentin Tarantino. And while it might have been good for Quentin, the feeling obviously wasn’t mutual because now 2003 is reaching through the space time continuum to pimp slap a bitch.
As Allison noted yesterday, a 2003 Howard Stern interview Quentin did while promoting Kill Bill has surfaced like a seriously fucked up penny. In that interview, Quentin vigorously and gleefully defended Roman Polanski by suggesting that his 13 year old victim was a party girl who was asking for it. Sorry Quentin, looks like 2018 hates you even harder.
Polanski’s victim, who is a very real woman named Samantha Geimer, responded to the resurfaced interview way more graciously than Quentin deserves. According to the Independent UK:
Polanski’s victim, now aged 54, had addressed the situation again saying, “‘It’s not a big deal to me what people think. It doesn’t make a difference in my life. I know what happened. I do not need other people weighing in on what it’s like getting raped at 13.”
She went on to say that she doesn’t want or need anybody “to be pissed off” on her behalf and that she hopes Quentin has since rethought his position after having learned the facts and that:
‘He was wrong and I bet he knows it,” she says. “I hope he doesn’t make an ass out of himself and keep talking that way.”
Thankfully, Quentin has addressed his atrocious comments and issued an apology. Here’s Quentin’s statement (via Indiewire):
I want to publicly apologize to Samantha Geimer for my cavalier remarks on “The Howard Stern Show” speculating about her and the crime that was committed against her. Fifteen years later, I realize how wrong I was. Ms. Geimer WAS raped by Roman Polanski. When Howard brought up Polanski, I incorrectly played devil’s advocate in the debate for the sake of being provocative. I didn’t take Ms. Geimer’s feelings into consideration and for that I am truly sorry.
So, Ms. Geimer, I was ignorant, and insensitive, and above all, incorrect.
I am sorry Samantha.
I honestly don’t know which is worse, the use of “I was playing Devil’s advocate” or the old favorite “it was taken out of context”. They’re kind of the same if you think about it and they’re both shitty excuses. Quentin better get better at apologizing if he wants to see his career survive 2018.