Quentin Tarantino recently joined an anti-police brutality protest march, which caused quite the controversy. Tarantino showed his support with hundreds of other protesters, carrying anti-cop signs and pictures of victims of police brutality while shouting through megaphones. The director and writer made it clear which side he was on:
“I’m a human being with a conscience and if you believe there’s murder going on then you need to rise up and stand up against it. I’m here to say I’m on the side of the murdered.”
While many have applauded Tarantino for his actions, others felt it was hypocritical. The NYPD responded to his comments, saying that it's no surprise he is a cop-hater since he makes a living from glorifying violence. Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolman's Benevolent Association, went on to suggest we should boycott Tarantino's movies.
“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.”
"What I said was the truth. I’m used to people misrepresenting me; I’m used to being misunderstood."
Tarantino has now addressed the remarks, informing us all that he is not actually a cop-hater, but he feels the police are avoiding the real issue by making him look like the bad guy.
“All cops are not murderers, I never said that. I never even implied that. What they’re doing is pretty obvious. Instead of dealing with the incidents of police brutality that those people were bringing up, instead of examining the problem of police brutality in this country, better they single me out. And their message is very clear. It’s to shut me down. It’s to discredit me. It is to intimidate me. It is to shut my mouth, and even more important than that, it is to send a message out to any other prominent person that might feel the need to join that side of the argument.
I’m not being intimidated. Frankly, it feels lousy to have a bunch of police mouthpieces call me a cop hater. I’m not a cop hater. That is a misrepresentation. That is slanderous. That is not how I feel. But you know, that’s their choice to do that to me. What can I do? I’m not taking back what I said. What I said was the truth. I’m used to people misrepresenting me; I’m used to being misunderstood. What I’d like to think [is] their attack against me is so vicious that they’re revealing themselves. They’re hiding in plain sight.”
With Tarantino's upcoming movie, The Hateful Eight, set for a December release, it will be interesting to see if movie-goers will side with the police or Tarantino in this case.