Quentin Tarantino isn’t earning any fans by participating in protest rallies. Tarantino participated in an event organized by RiseUpOctober where people took to the streets to speak out about police brutality. This was organized ahead of time, and coincidentally landed four days after officer Randolph Holder was killed.
Tarantino’s involvement in the march during a sensitive time resulted in the NYPD to boycott Tarantino by encouraging people not to buy a ticket to see his upcoming December release The Hateful Eight.
Tarantino was initially asked about the timing of the rally that was held in Washington Square Park. At the time, the director said that it was “unfortunate.”
— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 2, 2015
Tarantino drew an angry response, especially after his comments at the rally.
“When I see murders, I do not stand by. I have to call a murder a murder and I have to call the murderers the murderers. 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.”
The NYPD responded by calling Tarantino “depraved.” NYPD’s union spokesperson Patrick Lynch went on to say that Tarantino is feeding into “cop fiction” and making “making a living glorifying crime and violence.”
“It’s no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too. The police officers that Quentin Tarantino calls ‘murderers’ aren’t living in one of his depraved big-screen fantasies — they’re risking and sometimes sacrificing their lives to protect communities from real crime and mayhem.”
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) November 2, 2015
The boycott has extended to LAPD and border patrol agents as well. And now, according to Page Six, it looks like the most powerful man in Hollywood, Harvey Weinstein, is not too happy about Tarantino and his position on police brutality.
Weinstein, who’s all about campaigning for the Oscars, helped produced The Hateful Eight, so the idea that they may loose buzz based on Tarantino’s comments may have ruffled his feathers a bit.
According to an insider, Weinstein’s biggest nightmare is a boycott because it may scare off potential Oscar voters. To right this problem, Weinstein is said to be considering a move to have separate screenings for police officers and their families for The Hateful Eight.
The source continued, “Harvey is desperate to find a solution. […] He’s angry that Tarantino needlessly created a controversy that has nothing to do with the movie. It’s so pointless and unnecessary.”
The heat from Harvey, the different police organizations, and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton seemed to have worked as The Wrap reports that Tarantino is set to apologize for his comments, in an effort to smooth things over before the December 25 release date of The Hateful Eight.
It’s said that Tarantino will pen an op-ed explaining his comments, as well as apologize to those that were offended by his remarks. Actor Jamie Foxx, who was in the director’s film Django Unchained, certainly wasn’t offended as he stood by him in solidarity during a recent awards show. Whereas actor Kurt Russell didn’t agree with Tarantino’s comments, but still respected him as a filmmaker.
This is, of course, is not the first time Tarantino’s outspoken views have stirred up controversy. Back in 2012, he defended his use of the N word, which made more than a few people outraged.
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