Quentin Tarantino was the topic of discussion on Tuesday’s episode of “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News, with the host and a guest putting the heat on the filmmaker’s body of work for possibly causing real-life violence.
Introducing his guest, bullying expert and counselor Chuck Williams, O’Reilly claimed that Tarantino and “Django Unchained” star Jamie Foxx had declined to appear on the show.
While O’Reilly did play a clip of Tarantino explaining that blaming the playmakers for real-life violence goes back to the times of Shakespeare, he proceeded to reinforce everything his guest said about the flimmaker, and even added video games into the mix — despite the mountains of evidence that shows releasing aggression in a simulation correlates to decreasing real-life violence.
Williams concluded that Tarantino cannot “back down” from somehow contributing to the mass slaughter of innocent people.
“These assaults, these mass shootings, are also suicides,” he said. “They are looking for a way to go out, but they want to go out in, as they say, a blaze of glory.”
Williams continued: “For people like this, not only can [Tarantino's films] push them over the edge, not only does it give them a way to do it, but it provides a perfect blueprint. If you’ve ever seen one of Tarantino’s movies, from using a sword to a handgun to a shotgun to your bare hands, you can figure out a way to do that. And you combine that with all the information available on the Internet, then it creates what we call a perfect storm.”
O’Reilly did not disagree, and instead asked Williams about “the debasement of the culture,” which he seemed to couch in Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 masterpiece “A Clockwork Orange,” violent lyrics in rap music and the Internet as a whole.
Even though the whole segment was set up to frame Tarantino in a negative light, the famed director said in 2009 that he’s got a “sibling rivalry” with the late Stanley Kubrick, who’s widely regarded by fellow filmmakers to be one of the most talented and meticulous directors Hollywood has ever produced. In other words, even though O’Reilly meant to shame Tarantino, the Republican talk show host appears to have paid him a sideways-complement instead.
This video was published to YouTube on Wednesday, December 18, 2012.
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