When asked about the allegations surrounding Harvey Weinstein, actress Uma Thurman said that she is “waiting to feel less angry” before she speaks on the matter.
A clip of Thurman being interviewed on the red carpet went viral on November 4th, after being shared on Twitter by HuffPost reporter Yashar Ali. In the October 18th video, Thurman is asked about the recent spate of sexual misconduct allegations while walking the red carpet for her new play, The Parisian Woman.
“Gwyneth has spoken out, Angelina has spoken out,” the unseen reporter says, before asking Thurman for her perspective on women “speaking out about inappropriate behavior in the workplace.” Thurman, who had worked on seven movies with Weinstein, including Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction, had not previously spoken out about the allegations against him.
In her answer, the actress says that the women speaking out against alleged Hollywood predators are “commendable,” but says that she doesn’t have “a tidy sound bite” for the camera. She continues, “I am not a child, and I have 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.” Her delivery is calm but betrays internal frustration.
The controlled rage here is incredible. https://t.co/NQ6cFHKhi0
— Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen) November 4, 2017
The video has since gone viral and Ali’s tweet on the subject amassed more than 70,000 retweets. It was also retweeted by actress Asia Argento, who alleges that Weinstein raped her after inviting her to a party. Argento added the caption “Dear #UmaThurman may peace be with you and your soul. We need your strong voice, it truly is commanding.” Argento later added that her tweet wasn’t meant to “pressure” Thurman to share her story.
— Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) November 4, 2017
Currently, Weinstein has been accused of sexually assaulting 93 women, 13 of which were alleged rapes. He is under investigation by the NYPD for allegedly raping actress Paz de la Huerta in 2010. Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce believes that they have a strong case, as de la Huerta “put forth a credible and detailed narrative” and was able to “articulate each and every movement of the crime, where she was, where they met, where this happened and what he did.”
Women watching the Thurman video were inspired to share their own experiences, and many recounted instances of being called “hysterical” or having their anger discounted. Twitter user @Ellinorianne summed up the response to the video, saying “So many women can relate to this rage because we’ve been hurt, abused and humiliated by men in power. Not just in Hollywood, this is society.”
Chills: Not reading in but "I've learned that I am not a child" makes me think of how women /girls are "shushed" when speaking up abt wrongs
— Olivia Neutron-Bomb (@JacqsWriter) November 4, 2017
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