Kurt Russell responds to suggestions Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’ is misogynistic

Russell's character in the film frequently punches Jennifer Jason Leigh's character in the face

Kurt Russell has dismissed suggestions that Quentin Tarantino’s latest film The Hateful Eight is misogynistic.

The epic western’s main female character, Jennifer Jason Leigh’s Daisy Domergue, receives brutal treatment at the hands of Russell’s character, John Ruth a.k.a. The Hangman, who frequently punches her in the face.

Responding to suggestions that this violence is misogynistic, Russell told News Corp Australia Network: “When people say that, they reveal themselves.”

Continuing, Russell explained that his character in the film treats all prisoners equally regardless of age, gender or anything else. Summing up John Ruth’s mentality, Russell said: “You step outside that box, I’m going to beat the shit out of you – I don’t care if you’re a five year old kid, I’ve got a license here that says I can kill you. Forget misogyny, I can murder you. You have no rights, nothing.”

He also suggested that it would have been sexist for Jhn Ruth not to treat Daisy the same as other prisoners, saying: “If you don’t treat that woman (the same) — who in this case is every bit deserving of it — what are you, a sexist? You don’t think women are equal to men?”

Tarantino earned no Oscar nominations for his work on The Hateful Eight, but the film received nods in three other categories: Best Cinematography, Best Original Score for Ennio Morricone and Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Jason Leigh.