Law enforcement officers in Los Angeles and Philadelphia are joining New York’s finest in calling for a boycott of filmmaker Quentin Tarantino’s motion pictures, following remarks he’d made at an anti-police rally where he referred to police as “murderers.”
The demonstration, initiated by RiseUpOctober, was held in Manhattan Saturday, four days after NYPD officer Randolph Holder, 33, was shot and killed in Harlem.
Carl Dix, one of the group’s organizers and a national spokesman for the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, issued a statement protesting the boycott, according to The New York Times.
“It is aimed at sending a message, not just to Tarantino, but to anyone whose voice carries great weight in society,” said Dix, claiming the boycott was a means to intimidate protestors. “If you speak out, we will come after you, threaten your livelihood and attempt to scare you back into silence.”
Dix’s attempt at playing the victim is having little effect on police. Backlash to Tarantino’s remarks have followed the filmmaker to his own base of operations — Los Angeles.
“We fully support constructive dialogue about how police interact with citizens,” Craig Lally, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League said in a statement, according to The Times. “But there is no place for inflammatory rhetoric that makes police officers even bigger targets than we already are.”
He added that the filmmaker “took irresponsibility to a new and completely unacceptable level this past weekend by referring to police as murderers during an anti-police march in New York. He made this statement just four days after a New York police officer was gunned down in the line of duty.
“And questioning everything we do threatens public safety by discouraging officers from putting themselves in positions where their legitimate actions could be falsely portrayed as thuggery.”
On Wednesday, the day of Officer Holder’s funeral, John McNesby, president of the Philadelphia police union, announced that the union’s decision to join in the boycott.
“Mr. Tarantino has made a good living through his films, projecting into society at large violence and respect for criminals; he it turns out also hates cops,” he said.
Tarantino, known for such violence-centered films as “Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction,” didn’t hold back on his rhetoric against police during Saturday’s demonstration.
“I’m a human being with a conscience,” Tarantino, who flew in from California for the event, said. “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.”
Reaction from Patrick Lynch, the president of the New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, wasn’t long in coming — he called for an outright boycott of Tarantino’s films.
New York City police commissioner William Bratton offered his own thoughts in a radio interview Monday.
“Shame on him, particularly at this time when we are grieving the murder of a New York City police officer,” Bratton said, according to The New York Times. “There are no words to describe the contempt I have for him and his comments at this particular time.”
Tarantino’s newest film is set to release Christmas Day.
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