Is Quentin Tarantino a Feminist?
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Shocker: Not all feminists are in agreement about the films of Quentin Tarantino. Some applaud his representation of strong women; others lament his need to have a woman adopt allegedly masculine “action” traits. Even Kill Bill, the most progressive Tarantino film with regard to portrayals of women, gets conflicting responses, but in truth his whole filmography is problematic. Most so his recent film The Hateful Eight, whose main female character, Daisy (Jennifer Jason Leigh), is continually subjected to physical and verbal abuse, all for laughs.
Mining violence for comedic value is nothing new to Tarantino, so in that regard he does not discriminate between men and women. But film critics including Laura Bogart have caught wind of what she calls “hipster misogyny” in the treatment of Daisy. In an interview on The Spinoff, Tarantino speaks about how he doesn’t treat Daisy like a lady because in his eyes she's just as big a scoundrel as all the other characters. In my video, I explore this claim, and—in general—agree with this conclusion. But Tarantino, perhaps in an attempt to cement his innocence, also claims the abuse Daisy receives is not because she's a woman; a 300-lb man easily could have played the same role. Sure, except that the other characters would think twice before smacking a 300-lb man in the face, and would have a considerably harder time dispatching him at the end.
Tarantino’s work is popular among men and women. But he's faced with a world that holds artists accountable for having sexist beliefs. His films certainly are not politically correct, as he seems to be more entertained by the ugly side of humanity. This downbeat approach is mitigated by the evident glee he exhibits in executing his vision. He has a large and loyal fan base, and even though he cribs from other filmmakers all the time, he has never been adequately imitated.