Within the flood of allegations sweeping out of Hollywood at the moment, it's important not to forget the emotional distress they bring; for the victims who must relive their own trauma, namely, but also, to a degree, for all women in Hollywood today.
That stark reminder came in the form of Uma Thurman and her powerful, emotional response to a question about women in Hollywood, like Angelina Jolie or Gwyneth Paltrow, speaking out about sexual harassment and assault in the industry.
"I think it's commendable," Thurman told Access Hollywood, speaking slowly, carefully, and with clear self-restraint. “I don’t have a tidy soundbite for you, because I’ve learned — I’m not a child, and I’ve learned that when I’ve spoken in anger I usually regret the way I express myself."
"So I’ve been waiting to feel less angry. And when I’m ready, I’ll say what I have to say," she ended. Thurman's words are important because they stress the need to give women the support, the patience, and the space to speak out - either for themselves or on behalf of others - entirely on their own terms.
Thurman shot to fame thanks to her role in Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film, Pulp Fiction, which was produced by Harvey Weinstein's Miramax company. Since the allegations, Tarantino has cut all ties with The Weinstein Company, and is currently looking for a new home for his upcoming project, said to be based around the Manson Family murders.
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