UMA Thurman is the latest Hollywood celebrity to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and she revealed it all in an interview with The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd.
Still, Weinstein continues to insist that all these encounters were consensual. Any man with the same “consensual” episodes is the kind that loves to bore you with delusions on his so-called sexual conquests.
Bilib sa sarili can translate to good especially when all forces are conspiring against you, and you now have to survive through it all. But usually, bilib sa sarili is used the other way, with Pinoys adding one more word to it: Masyadong bilib sa sarili. Kung sa Bisaya pa, kapayason. So out of touch with reality and with his insecurity adding more grist to his mill of lies, a man can make that thing down there appear huge and pulsating when it’s actually this teeny weeny bit much smaller than a cigarette butt.
Thurman was a symbol of women empowerment in “Kill Bill” but she’s also in touch with reality and knows when to be bilib sa sarili. The film has a car crash scene where she’s supposed to, well, kill Bill. In the Dowd piece, Thurman called the scene as “negligent to the point of criminality,” with her injuries requiring hospital confinement. Thurman sought the help of the police to force its director Quentin Tarantino to release its video which the Times then posted on its website, on the same page as her interview. She said she did ask for a stunt person but Tarantino insisted for her to go ahead and drive the car.
She further revealed through the Times: “The steering wheel was at my belly and my legs were jammed under me. I felt this searing pain and thought, ‘Oh my God, I’m never going to walk again.’ When I came back from the hospital in a neck brace with my knees damaged and a large massive egg on my head and a concussion, I wanted to see the car and I was very upset. Quentin and I had an enormous fight, and I accused him of trying to kill me. And he was very angry at that, I guess understandably, because he didn’t feel he had tried to kill me.”
She posted on Instagram that “the cover up after the fact is unforgivable” for which she accuses film producers Lawrence Bender, E. Bennett Walsh, and Weinstein.
Tsk tsk. Now we know that Thurman was anything but powerful in “Kill Bill.”
Dowd writes that Weinstein introduced Thurman to then US President Barack Obama as the “reason he (Weinstein) has his house,” with much thanks to the 1994 film “Pulp Fiction,” the first movie that the trio of Thurman, Tarantino and Weinstein worked on. It was after the film’s release that Weinstein’s first attempt happened, in Paris. Yes, in the city of love.
The first assault, however, was at the Savoy Hotel in London. Thurman said, “It was such a bat to the head. He pushed me down. He tried to shove himself on me. He tried to expose himself. He did all kinds of unpleasant things. But he didn’t actually put his back into it and force me. You’re like an animal wriggling away, like a lizard. I was doing anything I could to get the train back on the track. My track. Not his track.”
A woman who has had the same experience, not exactly with Weinstein, can definitely relate with that, there’s even a meme on this: “What part of no don’t you understand?”
In reacting to Thurman’s allegations, Weinstein, through a representative, still has the nerve to say they had “a flirtatious and fun working relationship.” The statement also said, “Mr. Weinstein acknowledges making a pass at Ms. Thurman in England after misreading her signals in Paris.”
Wow. Talk about lost in translation.
In October 2017, USA Today published on its website a list of 84 women who accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault. It included Rosanna Arquette, Kate Bickensale, Claire Forlani, Heather Graham, Eva Green, Daryl Hannah, Salma Hayek, Lauren Holly, Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mira Sorvino, and Sean Young.
At the height of the reveals, also in October 2017, Weinstein went through sexual addiction therapy where his fellow rehab residents saw him falling asleep during therapy sessions. He lasted for a week.
Pinoy showbiz has not had its share of revelations yet but it doesn’t mean there’s none. The Pinay still remembers her conservative Maria Clara ways, aware that she can be the one and only in her fight against men who believe all sexual encounters are consensual.
Tom Cruise, on the other hand, can be the good version of bilib sa sarili, willing to do all his stunts. But that’s another story. Okay, here’s one story: He broke his ankle while filming “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” and that particular scene is in the movie’s final cut.