Quentin Tarantino has a lot to answer for

Dragging my cheap three-wheeled suitcase home from Penn Station after a Boston business trip late Tuesday night, I passed three businessmen standing in the middle of Park Avenue with their raincoats awry. White, pushing 40, a few beers past sober. The one who slightly resembled Larry of the Three Stooges was trying to keep the party going.

“One more fucking beer,” he said. “Come on. I’ll fucking pay for it, motherfucker.”

Ever since Pulp Fiction electrified audiences and changed the film industry, every putz pushing 40 with a few beers in him thinks he is Samuel L. Jackson. Quentin Tarantino has a lot to answer for.

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29 thoughts on “Quentin Tarantino has a lot to answer for

  1. Oh come now, Jeffrey. It’s such a FUN word to say! Great presentations in Boston, by the by. It was nice to get reinvigorated about web design.

  2. I don’t know if I’d put it to Tarantino as being responsible. I certainly learned to swear like sailor before junior high and the eighties. These days, every time I have to troubleshoot IE, I still swear like a sailor. Today, I was mumbling “fucking motherfucker” and the designer on the other side of the cube said, “debugging IE?”

  3. I’m sure it was the constant hazing at the rough public high-school I went to, but I find myself rarely using swear-words nowadays . It’s the new gentility.

  4. i have to agree with John here, i think IE quirky approach to rendering web pages has affected my use of swearing more then Tarantino’s quirky approach to film making! Microsofts coup de grace was making IE7 a ‘genuine copy of windows’ only download meaning the world is going to be using IE6 for a lot longer then it needs to. “motherfuckers”. (there, i said it. I need a beer now.)

  5. You simply got back from BosTon, well, when your Boss named Toni (Soprano) that’s the appropriate way to conduct a conversation ;-)

  6. So I’m standing in the middle of Park Avenue with my three chums from Oxford, and this fellow walks by dragging a cheap three-wheeled suitcase.

    “I say, old chap”, says my buddy. “That amiable fellow looks like a web designer.”

    “Ha ha, gadzooks! A Web designer!” says my other friend. “A shiny gold crown says you can’t make him roll his eyes in derision!”

    So I adjust my mackintosh so it’s slightly askew, remove my toupee, and say in a loud, boorish voice…

  7. See, here’s what they’re really saying: “I have no educated mind of my own but the media tells me it’s cool to talk like that (in front of women and children and anyone else who really vehemently doesn’t want to hear it) by way of repetition and common use. And if it’s coming from popular media, it must be true right?!”

    It’s gotten to the point where it’s so saturated in our culture that 5 year olds are doing it. Don’t believe me? Watch SuperNanny sometime. Where are they getting it? From us. Where are we getting it? From poorly written smut media. I’m no math major but if A = B, and B = C…well you see where I’m going.

    The point is we as “men”, (more like males in general now, because that’s where I hear most of it from) need to step up and do the right thing. Being a real man means being true to yourself, respecting your fellow man and ESPECIALLY your fellow woman. I don’t care what SPIKE TV says about being a man. They’re wrong. Being a gentleman is a lost art worth rediscovering on a massive scale. Be a real man. Be the kind of man everyone wants to be. Repected, gentle, rooted in solid beliefs and trustworthy. It’s time to grow up America. You’re overdue.

  8. Poor Taratino catching hell over an observation of behavior that has existed since the first Neanderthal discovered fermented goat’s milk. A few minutes later, that Neanderthal discovered, what several millennia later would be known as, hasLayout.

  9. That was funny. How often do you hear the exact same thing at the neighborhood bar? I do love the movie, but he did create a monster.

  10. ha ha… the funny thing is somewhere in amongst those people in that big city are actual real life hitmen, conmen, robbers and thieves. Not all sporting race hate tattoos and sweaty white singlets lol… some actually wear suits and actually in their own mind ARE sad middle aged business men. They just happen to be highly unethical.

    i admit there’s nothing as sad as a pretender but you never know your luck in the big city. Maybe they were inspired by the Sopranos?! Big Tony does say the F word a bit.

    cheered my day up a tad Jeffrey, thanks. :)

  11. Wha? Some drunk guy says the F and MF words and it’s because of Tarantino and Pulp Fiction? Am I missing something?

  12. We are fond of certain characters and movies, because we share the same reality, beliefs, and dreams with them. Sometimes even too much that we start mocking them at first and then they become parts of personalities and we start living through them – as if it would make us cooler or happier… It can be taken too far, I agree, but it’s not Tarantino, it’s our sick minds and Hollywood to blame for!.. On the other hand, life would be boring without movies… :)

  13. In my part of the world there’s a huge difference between ‘fucking’ and ‘mother fucker’. The first is in common parlance – and used very often (now) on TV drama series and films, both as an expletive and a verb.

    The second, however, is I think an expression peculiar to the US (so far, at least) – and seems, from a British perspective, to have derived chiefly from black popular culture – and is still totally unacceptable language here.

    At the risk of sounding like a ‘straight-laced’ Brit, I have to agree with KS (above) and say that it would be regrettable if the phrase – also now heard regularly in film and TV series such as ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘The Shield’, is mimicked by youngsters here who think it’s cool.

  14. I can remember having to walk over to some guys in the gym who were speaking “in the Tarantino way” and asking them to have more respect for my little sis who happened to be there that day too.

    One walked over and apologized a minute or so later – he had a wife and didn’t like others talking like that in front of her either :)

    I curse a blue streak when driving by myself, I guess it lets off steam. I can count the number of people on one hand who’s heard something slip from me in public tho – like Leo said “it’s the new gentitlity” :)

  15. Why aren’t you blaming John McTiernan for this? Or, for that matter, Sam Jackson, who made such a common word roll off the tongue like melted butter?

  16. People such as Tarentino have certainly helped to desensitize all of us, I think. I’m included in that. The more we hear others talk that way, the more it seems to become acceptable. I think it is natural for humans to adapt any behavior that way. Look at our society….that is how trends and fads start. Everyone else is doing it, so we tend to fall into it too. Ofcourse, people have had foul mouths since the beginning of time, and it does feel good to use the “F” word sometimes, but there does seem to be more of a trend of acceptance of it. What has happened to us?!

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