Last Saturday, Quentin Tarantino joined activists and protestors gathered in Washington Square Park in New York City to rally against police brutality. Speaking to the crowd of several hundred people, the director made a bold statement about the police when he said, “I have to call a murder a murder, and I have to call the murderers the murderers.” In response to his comments, the New York Police Union is calling for a boycott of Tarantino’s films.
In an interview with the New York Post, the President of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association commented, “It’s no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too. New Yorkers need to send a message to this purveyor of degeneracy that he has no business coming to our city to peddle his slanderous ‘Cop Fiction.’ It’s time for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino‘s films.”
The rally itself came just one week after a New York City police officer was fatally shot while on the job. Tarantino described the timing as “unfortunate… but we’ve flown in all these families to go and tell their stories . . . That cop that was killed, that’s a tragedy, too.”
While Tarantino has no films currently in theaters for the police union to boycott, his newest feature, “The Hateful Eight,” will be released this Christmas.