At a rally against police brutality in Washington Square Park on October 24, Quentin Tarantino spoke out against the issue of police violence in America. Tarantino’s impassioned statement (“I have to call a murder a murder, and I have to call the murderers the murderers,” he said) angered the New York City Police Officers Union, who then called for a boycott of the director’s films.
Since the initial boycott just over a week ago, several more police officers’ groups have endorsed the boycott of the Oscar-winning director’s filmography. The New York Times reports that the boycott has now been supported by police organizations in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago and other major U.S. cities. Most recently, the Police Officers’ Benevolent Association of New Jersey and the National Association of Police Organizations has offered its official endorsement. The addition of the National Association will bring nearly 1,000 police units and 241,000 individual officers to the boycott.
However, Tarantino is not alone in facing this resistance. At the Hollywood Film Awards on Sunday evening, Jamie Foxx spoke out in support of the director’s statement. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Foxx went on stage to say, “Keep telling the truth, keep speaking the truth and don’t worry about none of the haters.” Foxx previously starred in Tarantino’s last film, “Django Unchained,” in 2012.
The Wrap reports that Tarantino is expected to apologize for his comments. Since the start of the boycott, Tarantino has been silent, though it appears he will make a formal apology to the Police Officer’s Union. The news comes from Tarantino’s close colleagues and may be due to pressures the boycott will have on his forthcoming film, “The Hateful Eight,” which will be released this Christmas.