Although Quentin Tarantino’s new movie will release in December, the film has already come under fire in New York where cops are calling for its boycott.
The state’s largest police union went after the Oscar-winning director after he took part in a march against police brutality called “Rise Up October” which was attended by roughly 300 protesters.
“It’s time for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s films,” said Patrick Lynch in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too.”
Lynch’s comments came after Tarantino made the following comments while speaking at the protest in New York's Washington Square Park:
Although police brutality has been a hot-button issue since time immemorial, it has come under increased media scrutiny in the past couple of years.
“More than 930 people have been killed by police in the United States so far this year,” according to The Guardian, “of whom 436 were white, 226 black and 143 Latino.”
Criticism of NYPD, especially, has mounted considerably following the killings of Eric Garner and Akai Gurley last year, as well as the mistaken arrest of retired tennis pro James Blake earlier in September.
However, Rise Up October came just days after police Officer Randolph Holder was fatally shot while responding to reports of gunfire in the East Harlem neighborhood, so for many it was an ill-timed event.
Still, Lynch seems to missing the point of Tarantino’s words. It isn’t against cops. It’s against the frequent use of excessive force by cops.
Even the NYPD – sort of – admitted it has a problem with violence when the police department announced a plan earlier this month requiring cops to document every time they use force on a civilian.
Tarantino’s movies aren’t the problem here, police violence is. And perhaps Lynch should focus on that.