Quentin Tarantino is no stranger to controversy, but it’s normally associated with something that he’s actually committed to screen rather than something that he hasn’t even begun shooting yet. But hey, there’s a first time for everything.
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Tarantino is apparently producing a new western movie that is shooting in LA, and the casting call for the movie sent out the following information, asking for straight up whores. Yep, no beating around the bush trying to dress it up as a sex worker or a hooker, just straight up whores:
As you probably guessed, a feminist blog got a screenshot about it and went completely crazy, saying the following:
Putting a casting call out for, or including women in your script with the description of “whores,” is not ok. Nor is asking actresses to submit their photos and information for consideration with the subject line Whore.
Aside from the fact that there are better words to use if one is looking to cast women who work in the sex industry, this description is actually a typical example of Hollywood sexism, particularly as it pertains to roles for women.
Yeah, I mean I suppose. I guess it’s more PC to use the term sex worker or whatever these days, but I suppose if that’s what’s in the script then it’s not that bad. Although I suppose like they say it’s a typical example of Hollywood sexism, which definitely does need to change so I guess they have a point.
In all likelihood though, Tarantino himself probably didn’t have much to do with this as he’s only producing the movie and the call was put out by the casting agency. The agency were also quick to point out that the movie was actually directed by a woman and she was OK with the use of the word ‘whore’. So I mean, if you take those two things into account is this really that bad? I don’t think it’s that outrageous, but I can see why people might get upset about it – maybe they should just chill out.
I suppose it shouldn’t really be that surprising though that Tarantino was involved – he does enjoy sucking random women’s toes and then treating them like shit afterwards.