Uma Thurman became a poster girl for female rage and revenge with Kill Bill 1 & 2. And she doubled down on her badass cred when Access Hollywood asked a question about the Weinstein scandal at a press event for her new Broadway show, The Parisian Woman.
Thurman’s response went viral, not just for what she said, but how she said it:
Uma Thurman's response when asked about the flood of sexual misconduct allegations….wow. pic.twitter.com/Sw5Br1GwFg— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) November 4, 2017
Thurman said: “I don’t have a tidy soundbite for you because I’ve learned—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.”
Some online are taking her to task for not naming names right that moment. But first off, she’s in a situation where she’s doing 10 to 20 on-camera interviews in a row, right down that red carpet. It’d be a frenzy, and not one that would likely respect her message or her well-being. And she could have said, ‘No comment.’ And there’d be no story here. Instead, Thurman suggested she needed some time and space to make a statement. And she admitted she’s wrestling with a lot of rage, suggesting Thurman has some serious stories to share. Her barely contained anger is something to which a lot of women and abuse survivors can relate.
Uma Thurman is every woman who has ever had their (legit) anger held against them https://t.co/p8MY00RwTc— Needhi Bhalla 💅🏽 (@NeedhiBhalla) November 4, 2017
I saw Uma Thurman trying to compose herself in light of the sex abuse allegations. I feel that way a lot these days, fam.— Mirriam Seddiq (@mirriam71) November 4, 2017
Uma Thurman conveying the bottled up rage of all women oppressed & abused & objectified by the patriarchy since basically the dawn of time is the absolute truth. 🔥🔥🔥pic.twitter.com/URTghrBy34— HannahJane Parkinson (@ladyhaja) November 4, 2017
If you haven't seen this yet it seems Uma Thurman not only knows where the bodies are buried, but has neatly organized all the shovels. https://t.co/c9jmO5v1TM— Robert Caruso (@robertcaruso) November 4, 2017
i honestly feel that the wrath of uma thurman might wipe out all the mysoginistic men from existence, which i'm fine with— luíza (@lualvers) November 4, 2017
uma thurman bout to body slam one of y'all into a cloud of blood dust I suggest you just come out wit it now— Zachary Fox (@zackfox) November 5, 2017
God once spoke through the burning bush. This time it’s through Uma Thurman. https://t.co/V0YDAuVMEt— Dave Pell (@davepell) November 5, 2017
Uma Thurman is going to slam the Hollywood door on everyone that’s ever wronged her and I am here for it.— Caroline Hirons (@CarolineHirons) November 4, 2017
Kill Bill: Vol. 3 except it’s just Uma Thurman killing every sex pest in Hollywood with obviously a Hattori Hanzō sword— Joshua Gynther (@joshuagynther) November 6, 2017
Others began to speculate which powerful Hollywood men Thurman might speak out against. Some suspect Terry Gilliam and Quentin Tarantino, who are both on the fringes of abuse scandals. (Depp’s and Weinstein’s respectively.)
I recall the story in Andrew Yule's book about Baron Munchausen crew members taking bets on who would deflower Uma Thurman. She was 17. https://t.co/OSuSWt3kPa— Farran Nehme (@selfstyledsiren) November 4, 2017
I remember hearing about when Quentin Tarantino forced Uma Thurman, a vegetarian, to eat a real burger while filming Pulp Fiction— Allison Kilkenny (@allisonkilkenny) November 5, 2017
Asia Argento, who has taken a nation’s worth of criticism for coming out against Weinstein, offered an encouraging message to Thurman.
We share in Thurman’s rage, and eagerly await her story.