Jamie Foxx is supporting Quentin Tarantino and his verbal attack on police officers accusing them of brutality. During a speech at The Hollywood Film Awards on Sunday evening, the actor said the director was telling the truth about the mindset of law enforcement officers in America.
“Keep telling the truth and don’t worry about none of the haters,” Jamie Foxx when referencing the controversy swirling around Quentin Tarantino. The crowds of movie stars and filmmakers gathered at the Beverly Hilton loudly applauded Foxx’s statements, MSN reports.
— Variety (@Variety) November 2, 2015
Although the Hollywood crowd may feel applause is the appropriate response when Tarantino’s name is uttered, tens of thousands of Americans do not. The heated debate about the director’s derogatory remarks about police officers rages on. Social media is buzzing today with links to Jamie Foxx’s comments, but the online venues have remained steadily humming with words of encouragement and support for the individuals often considered local heroes, as well.
Quentin Tarantino did not attend the Hollywood awards ceremony. Foxx made the comments supporting the director before introducing the cast of Tarantino’s new movie, The Hateful Eight. None of the cast members offered to make any remarks about the brewing backlash against the director of a plethora of violent films.
Tarantino has come under intense pressure to apologize for his blanket police brutality remarks. There is no indication than any such words of regret will be coming from the director — or if doing so would be too little too late for multitudes of former fans and those threatening to boycott his movies.
During a protest in New York City last weekend, Tarantino said that some police officers who shoot citizens are “murderers,” and that he will stand “with the murdered.”
“I’m a human being with a conscience,” the director said at the protest. “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.”
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) November 2, 2015
Law enforcement unions in Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and New Jersey are calling for a boycott of The Hateful Eight. The movie opens on Christmas Day around the country, USA Today reports.
The director’s own father, an actor, Tony Tarantino, has spoken out against his son’s criticism of police officers.
“I love my son and have great respect for him as an artist but he is dead wrong in calling police officers, particularly in New York City where I grew up, murderers,” Tony Tarantino said in the statement released Friday by the New York Police Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association. “He is a passionate man and that comes out in his art, but sometimes he lets his passion blind him to the facts and to reality.”
The New York Police Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association statement also said that the a message needs to be send in a loud and clear fashion, that the hateful rhetoric against police officers used by Tarantino, is “unacceptable.”
Jamie Foxx starred in Tarantino’s Django Unchained movie. The actor has been accused of making racist and biased statements about white people and conservatives in the past.
After this Saturday Night Live (SNL) monologue, Jamie Foxx racism claims and backlash occurred before the Django movie was released.
What do you think about the Jamie Foxx supportive statements about Quentin Tarantino? Will you be buying a ticket ticket to watch The Hateful Eight or any other Tarantino movie in the future?
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