For those of you not in NZ or Australia, Rove is a hot, young, Australian talk show host. And lately, when Rove has American guests on the programme (Kiwi for program), I just cringe.
For example, 15 years ago, I thought Quentin Tarantino was cool. He was eccentric, but (of course) I was still a fan.
On Rove, Tarantino came off like a prat (Kiwi for self-righteous asshat).
To start with, I was annoyed when Rove asked if there had been trouble (in the media) about using the word bastards.
It’s the TV presenters that love saying bastards, Tarantino said, pointing at Rove. He went on:
On a morning programme in England, they told me I couldn’t say the title of the movie. And then they asked me, why did you spell it that way? And I said, it just takes the piss out of them. And they said, you can’t say that either!I guess it’s a funny story. But to me, Tarantino seemed gleefully childish. He wasn't sufficiently humble. It’s like he has a sense of entitlement.
They talked about saying bastards in an American accent, compared to an English accent. Tarantino agreed that it sounds better in an English accent.
But he was using some Aussie words, like mucking about, taking the piss and no worries, and of course, Rove called him on it.
Do you want to be an Australian? Rove said.
No, I just have a lot of Ozzie friends, Tarantino said defensively.
Even though Tarantino was being a prick, Rove was still charming. What’s wrong with being Australian? he joked.
I said Ozzie, not Aussie. Tarantino said, emphasizing his American accent.
Then Tarantino said, I try not to use Ozzie words, but I say mate all the time, and when I’m in Australia, people make fun of me because they think I’m trying to kiss their ass.
Kees their oss? Rove asked.
No, kiss their ass! Tarantino said in his broadest American accent.
And I'm sorry, he has an ugly accent.
Husband: So you’re becoming a Kiwi. Now you see what the rest of the world has been putting up with.
Me: But I use Kiwi words sometimes. Does that make me an asshat?
Me: At least I’m a self-aware asshat.
Note: I have paraphrased what Tarantino said. You can see it for yourself on Rove.
Edited to add. Maybe a genius like Quentin Tarantino is allowed a bit of bluster. Check out this great post, with links to other interviews with Mr Tarantino.