Rather than issue a much deserved apology, limousine liberal Quentin Tarantino has doubled down on his anti-cop rhetoric.
In an interview Wednesday with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes the famed director said police should “stop shooting unarmed people,” and tried to paint himself as the victim of a smear campaign by police unions and supporters.
“They are being inflammatory, they’re slandering me. I’m not a cop hater,” he said. “That’s the way they attack me, is calling me a cop hater. That’s the way Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who’s on Fox all the time says that I’m putting police in danger by standing up for the rights of unarmed citizens who have been killed by the police.
“But at the same time they say that about anybody who acknowledges that there is a problem in law enforcement in this country right now is considered by law enforcement, part of the problem. Whether that be me, whether that be Bill De Blasio, [or] whether that be President Barack Obama.”
The “Pulp Fiction” director said he was invited to the rally in New York City at which he made his initial speech calling police officers “murderers” by the protest organizers “Rise Up October” because the group saw him as an ally from previous statements he had made.
“They got in touch with me because I had made statements in some interviews, you know, along the way that had suggested that I’m on their side when it comes to this issue of, um, you know, ultimately what I feel is a problem of white supremacy in this country,” he said. “I was happy to show up.”
Tarantino argued that the goal of those against him is to intimidate him into silence.
Megyn Kelly covered the MSNBC interview on “The Kelly File” with her own feedback and reaction from former officers:
“It’s much easier to feign outrage and start arguments with celebrities than it is to deal with the fact that the citizenry has lost trust in them,” he said of the police unions calling for a boycott of his upcoming film, “The Hateful Eight” scheduled for release on Christmas Day. “They want to slander me [and] imply that I’m saying things that I didn’t say. And for what reason? The reason is because they want me to shut up.”
He said he understands why Harvey Weinstein, the producer of many Tarantino films including his upcoming release, have asked him to apologize.
“I’m sure the company that is producing the movie, it’s a pain in the butt for them. At the same time the company released the movie ‘Fruitvale Station,’” he said referring to a 2013 film about the shooting death of Oscar Grant by an Oakland, California transit officer.
Hayes asked the filmmaker if he regretted the timing of the rally coming just days after New York Police Officer Randolph Holder was murdered by a career criminal while on duty.
“The timing was very unfortunate. His death, that officer’s death is a tragedy; I acknowledge that 100 percent, and my heart goes out to him and goes out to his loved ones,” he said. “However the point of the rally was to bring these families — we had over 40 families, not 40 people but 40 different families, that this has happened to come out and tell their stories and say their loved one’s name. And that’s what’s not being talked about. And so what, because that happened, we’re going to say, ‘Oh no, no, don’t tell your story. I know we flew you out here, we’re gonna fly you back. We’ll do it at another time?’ It’s just not convenient.’”
Watch the entire interview below.
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