May 31, 2013
so i don’t know quite how i came upon this blog post, just clicking around the internet and there it was, but wow. i’m not really going to get into quentin tarantino, who i don’t like, or the idea that terry gross was being “strident” by “pestering” him with questions - she is an interviewer - what really stuck in my craw were two things. first, this quote from some one who reviewed django unchained
“What’s more romantic than a man who’ll slog through hell to rescue his woman?”
i could list a hundred things more romantic than a man being the only person who can or cares to rescuehis womanfrom a violent captor. this is such a fucked up thing to say. that is the opposite of romance, though it is certainly a romanticization of violence and terror. hot.
the other thing that bothered me was this passage
In a conversation with Charlie Rose last week, Tarantino said he rewatched all eight episodes of Alex Haley’s Roots. He told him about how at the very end of the last episode, the main character is given the cruel slave master tied to a tree. With a whip in his hand the main character is expected to whip the hell out of the evil man, but he doesn’t. He doesn’t seek revenge because he feels he would be just as bad as the slave owner.
Tarantino remarked how absurd that ending was and that it was unfair to have all of those generations of characters go through slavery and when given the chance to get closure, they didn’t get it.
this rubs me the wrong way - an eye for an eye is a difficult stance to defend in my opinion. i feel that that idea comes from the same place that says it’s ok for one human being to enslave another….