Yes. You read that right. The New York Police Department has callled for a boycott of Tarantino’s movies. Why? Well, it goes back to last weekend where the Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained director attended a rally protesting cases of police brutality in New York City. Now some questioned the timing of the rally, since it took place shortly after the killing of New York police officer Randolph Holder, so the New York police generally weren’t too happy with it anyway. Then Tarantino’s presence ensured that the rally gained extra media attention. Interviewed by the New York Post, he said:
“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”.
It’s kind of understandable that some of the cops would be a bit unhappy with this comment, but their response was almost laughably over the top. The President of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch released this statement:
“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. New Yorkers need to send a message to this purveyor of degeneracy that he has no business coming to our city to peddle his slanderous ‘Cop Fiction.’ It’s time for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s films”.
Honestly, I’m not making this up. Tarantino has of course been criticised for his supposed glamorisation of violence since Reservoir Dogs, but “purveyor of degeneracy“? Really? Lynch totally failed to note that Tarantino aimed his initial comment at cops who had killed civilians, and he totally failed to address the serious issue he was protesting about. Tarantino replied:
“I’m a human being with a conscience. 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”.
This both amusing and worrying story could go on and on and I will report on the outcome. Thank god Quentin’s new movie The Hateful Eight isn’t a modern-set story with bad cops in it, otherwise he’d really be in trouble.