In the weeks following Tarantino’s appearance, a growing number of police unions and organizations have banded together to boycott The Hateful Eight director’s work.
“All cops are not murderers,” Tarantino told the Los Angeles Times in a new interview. “I never said that. I never even implied that.”
Tarantino told a crowd at the Manhattan protest that, “When I see murders, I do not stand by … I have to call the murderers the murderers,” according to the New York Post.
The 52-year-old clarified to the Times that his remarks at the rally were only aimed at police officers involved in unwarranted civilian shootings.
“What they’re doing is pretty obvious,” Tarantino said. “Instead of dealing with the incidents of police brutality that those people were bringing up, instead of examining the problem of police brutality in this country, better they single me out. And their message is very clear. It’s to shut me down. 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 head of the New York City police union first called for the boycott of all Tarantino films late last month.
Patrick Lynch, the president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said that as “someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence,” it’s not surprising that Tarantino is a “cop-hater.”
The Assn. of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs has now joined the NYPD union and the Los Angeles Police Protective League in support of the boycott, according to the Times.
The National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, Chuck Canterbury, also sent a message to all members of the organization Monday urging similar actions.
“If Mr. Tarantino truly wished to be on ‘the side of the murdered,’ he would speak in defense of Officer Holder and the 37 other law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2015,” Canterbury said in a statement, reported the Times.
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The Weinsten Co., which is distributing The Hateful Eight, also broke its silence this week on the controversy.
“The Weinstein Co. has a long-standing relationship and friendship with Quentin and has a tremendous amount of respect for him as a filmmaker,” a Weinstein Co. representative told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. “We don’t speak for Quentin; he can and should be allowed to speak for himself.”