Tarantino: Cop Boycott Won't Make Me Back Down

Police union says he's going to pay for police brutality remarks
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2015 1:33 AM CST
Tarantino: Cop Boycott Won't Make Me Back Down
Director Quentin Tarantino, center, participates in a rally to protest against police brutality on Oct. 24, 2015, in New York.   (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

Quentin Tarantino says he's no cop-hater, and he's not going to be silenced by threats to boycott his movies. The director tells the Los Angeles Times that despite what police unions calling for a boycott claim, he never said or even implied that all cops are murderers. The boycott "message is very clear. It's to shut me down," he says. "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." The boycott threat came after Tarantino spoke at an anti-police brutality rally in New York City last month, where he said that when he sees a murder, he "has to call the murderers the murderers."

Tarantino tells the Times that he has the constitutional right to protest police brutality and he's not going to back down from it. His new movie, The Hateful Eight, opens on Christmas Day, and a professor of critical studies at USC's School of Cinematic Arts tells the Times that the boycott could actually give it a boost. "Tarantino has always been the kind of figure who has attracted contrarians," Todd Boyd says. “So there aren't too many things that could be better for this film than for law enforcement to try and boycott it." The director of the Fraternal Order of Police tells the New York Post that a "surprise" act of revenge is in the works for the premiere and they "want what we do to him to be a surprise, like the end of his movies." (Read more Quentin Tarantino stories.)

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