Embattled director Quentin Tarantino finally addressed his controversial comments against police officers, denying he is a cop hater and saying he is not afraid of threats of boycotts from several law enforcement groups across the country.
Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Tarantino addressed the comments that got him in hot water with police in New York, Los Angeles, Orange County, New Jersey, Chicago, and Philadelphia among others. These groups threatened to boycott the director’s new movie, The Hateful Eight.
In a related post by the Inquisitr, Quentin Tarantino’s harsh words against police, just a few days after officer Randolph Holder was killed in New York City, angered some very influential people in Hollywood, and many were expecting an apology.
October 25, 2015
Even though he didn’t exactly apologize in his statement, Quentin Tarantino denied being a cop hater and went on defense against his detractors for trying to “demonize” him and his anti-police remarks at a Black Lives Matter rally in New York City earlier this month, just days after the murder of a police officer in Harlem.
“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.”
One of those unhappy with Quentin Tarantino’s anti-police stance was Harvey Weinstein of The Weinstein Company, who produced The Hateful Eight and was concerned that the director’s words would affect the movie’s box office results. According to an insider, Weisntein is worried a police boycott of the film will scare away Oscar voters.
Many accuse Tarantino of being a hypocrite because after all, Quentin Tarantino movies are known for being violent, gory affairs. One of those leading the boycott threats is Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Craig Lally, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, who said that when Tarantino joined an anti-police march and called police officers “murderers” four days after a New York police officer was killed in cold blood in New York City, he showed a “stunning lack of sensitivity” toward the family of the slain officer and his colleagues, standing feet away monitoring the protest.
“There’s an underground of people who are very pro-police, and you don’t hear about them until they get pissed off. And it’s going to be this underground that shuts down the movie, not the cops.”
But the director says he is not intimidated by threats of a boycott, and despite the Quentin Tarantino police controversy, he is not backing down from his hateful comments.
Tarantino said he feels more lousy hearing about “a bunch of police mouthpieces” calling him a cop hater and insists he is not one. “That is a misrepresentation. That is slanderous. That is not how I feel.” Tarantino complained.
The Pulp Fiction director said he told the truth when he made the statements at the rally in New York City. Tarantino said he is used to being misunderstood and accused the police groups threatening him of “revealing themselves” and “hiding in plain sight.”
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