TARANTINO NOT ONE TO GET INTIMIDATED
The director says he won’t get bogged down by police unions who have called for a boycott of his movies
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.”