The di­rec­tor says he won’t get bogged down by po­lice unions who have called for a boy­cott of his movies

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Amer­i­can film­maker Quentin Tarantino (above), who at a re­cent rally spoke against po­lice bru­tal­ity, has said that he would not be in­tim­i­dated by po­lice unions who have called for a boy­cott of his movies over what he said.

In his first re­marks on the grow­ing con­tro­versy, the Os­car-win­ning di­rec­tor said that he was not a “cop hater” and that his words had been mis­rep­re­sented. “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’s not how I feel,” Tarantino told an Amer­i­can news­pa­per.

The Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Po­lice Or­ga­ni­za­tions (NAPO) last week joined calls by po­lice unions in Los An­ge­les, New York and Philadel­phia for a boy­cott of the film­maker’s movies, in­clud­ing his up­com­ing re­lease, The Hate­ful Eight. The NAPO also asked of­fi­cers to stop pro­vid­ing se­cu­rity, traf­fic con­trol or tech­ni­cal ad­vice for any of Tarantino’s projects af­ter his re­marks at a New York rally against the killings by po­lice of some civil­ians. “When I see mur­der, I have to call the mur­dered the mur­dered, and I have to call the mur­der­ers just that,” Tarantino was quoted as telling pro­test­ers from the podium at the rally last month. “All cops are not mur­der­ers,” he has said now. “I never said that. I never even im­plied that. 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.”

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