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Uma Thurman’s Comment About Sexual Assault Takes a Different Route Than #MeToo

Category: Gender based violence 

On Saturday afternoon, a video started circulating on social media showing Uma Thurman’s restrained response when asked during a recent Access Hollywood interview about sexual assault. Choosing her words slowly and carefully, Thurman replied to a question in relation to Harvey Weinstein, saying, “I don’t have a tidy sound bite for you . . . I’m not a child, and I’ve learned that when I’ve spoken in anger, I usually regret the way I express myself.” Pausing between almost every single word, Thurman concluded, “I’ve been waiting to feel less angry. And when I’m ready, I’ll say what I have to say.”



The video has caused many to speculate on what revelations Thurman might hold—especially considering that Weinstein served as the producer for all the Quentin Tarantino films Thurman has starred in. (Tarantino has since admitted that he was aware of Weinstein’s alleged misconduct.) Others have taken Thurman’s controlled rage as evidence of the risk women face when speaking out. Though the actress has given no indication of which names she will call out, if any, the restrained character of her response stands out among the flood of sexual harassment testimonies that have followed the Weinstein exposés, including the many women who came forward with their experiences big and small as part of the #MeToo campaign.



While the efficacy of speaking out has been proven over and over again in the past few weeks—allegations have led to the resignation of many top figures at institutions from the British government to NPR—Thurman shows an alternative: For the actress, the way to speak out is to express her rage without using as many words.


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