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The Sharon Tate Controversy In ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

Part of the Sharon Tate murder by Charles Manson.

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The story of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood revolves around some real-life incidents. The murders of Sharon Tate and four others on the Cielo Drive, in August of 1969 by Charles Manson, were the inspiration.

A Brief Background

Before the release, most of us thought that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is going to be more about Margot Robbie and her character Sharon Tate. The director, Quentin Tarantino, had something else in mind though. He always said that this movie is not going to be about Tate in particular but rather a story around the time of the murders. To our surprise, that exactly how it went down.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt remained the highlight for the most part. Robbie’s Sharon Tate didn’t get the deserved screen-time. That wasn’t exactly what people were expecting and were quite unhappy about it. Like many other instances, the viewers were polarized by Tarantino’s 9th film and was termed as Tate Controversy by some.

Why are People Calling it Sharon Tate Controversy?

The inspiration behind the film was Tate’s real life. Cannes Film Festival hosted its premiere in May 2019. The lack of Robbie’s on-screen time was quite noticeable. While most appreciated Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, some critics were less pleased than others. Everyone expected to see more of Sharon Tate and less of others.

Tarantino and his Bag of Tricks

If this wasn’t enough, Tarantino rejected the critics. According to The Guardian, he was found telling a reporter that the critical feedback regarding Tate’s on-screen time isn’t of any value. Stylized violence and racial slurs are classic trademarks of the controversial director. But another one of the big tricks up his sleeves is prioritizing male perspectives in his movies.

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