NEWS IN BRIEF
VOL 172 ISSUE 5-8 Cinema
People across all demographics around the world named film director Quentin Tarantino’s foot fetish the most blatant example in contemporary society of decadent values and their deplorable glorification, according to a scientific poll by Rasmussen Reports, the most scientific polling agency for recent U.S. presidential elections and for other areas of high-minded interest. Poll participants in more than 190 nations were asked, “What celebrated act makes you most ashamed to be human?” and given only a blank response field. Tarantino’s foot fetish accounted for more than 40% of the answers—three times more than the next responses, which related to bullying, eating contests, fat shaming and critiques of fat shaming. Some of the many scenes the participants referenced from the auteur’s movies featured the feet of the glamorous actresses Uma Thurman, Pam Grier, Rosario Dawson and Diane Kruger. Rasmussen analysis showed that the collective repulsion was due not to the images themselves, but to the serial realization of one man’s bawdy fascination via amply financed, globally distributed, award-winning films, and the sustained enablement by millions of moviegoers. In announcing the results, Rasmussen Reports screened the scene in the Robert Rodriguez flick, From Dusk Till Dawn, in which Richard Gecko, played by Tarantino, slurps tequila off the toes of Santanico Pandemonium, played by Salma Hayek, eliciting universal dismay and philosophical vomiting.