The cops hate Quentin Tarantino! Police forces on both sides of the United States have decided to call a boycott against the director, his films, and the upcoming Christmas day release of The Hateful Eight. The NYPD were the first to speak out against the filmmaker after he made some disparaging remarks towards police in general this weekend. Now, the LAPD have joined their brothers in blue in shaming the man who has made such classics as Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained. Will it hurt The Hateful Eight box office?
Quentin Tarantino first drew the ire of the NYPD after he appeared at an NYC rally this past weekend to protest police brutality. Their boycott of the director soon made national headlines. Now, the Los Angeles Police Protective League have decided to join the NYC's Patrolmen's Benevolent Association in asking citizens of the United States to turn their back on the filmmaker, and not support his latest release arriving in theaters this holiday season. L.A. PPL president Craig Lally had this to say about the boycott.
"We fully support constructive dialogue about how police interact with citizens. But there is no place for inflammatory rhetoric that makes police officers even bigger targets than we already are. Film director Quentin Tarantino 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."
The NYC rally took place just days after NYPD officer Randolph Holder was killed in the line of duty, which has upset many on both sides of the argument, calling the timing insensitive. But the October 24 march, which took place in Greenwich Village, had been planned well in advance of the officer's death. And the rally was flying in people from around the states, with it impossible to reschedule. Quentin Tarantino had gathered with Cornel West and others as part of the #RiseUpOctober event. Tarantino had this to say about holding the rally so close to the officer's murder.
"I'm a human being with a conscience. 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."
It didn't take long for the NYPD union to call for a boycott. Union President Patrick Lynch set the ban in motion. This is what he had to say about the director and his decision to call Police murderers.
"New Yorkers need to send a message to this purveyor of degeneracy that he has no business coming to our city to peddle his slanderous 'Cop Fiction'. It's time for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino's films."
L.A. PPL president Craig Lally had this to say about joining the ban on Quentin Tarantino and his movies.
"We fully support this boycott of Quentin Tarantino films. Hateful rhetoric dehumanizes police and encourages attacks on us. 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."
Quentin Tarantino's next movie, The Hateful Eight, is having a limited /hateful-eight-posters-cow-puncher-confederate-little-man/70mm Road Show rollout on December 25 before opening wide in January. That's still nearly two months away, and this could all be forgotten by the time the movie makes it's debut. At this time, it's not possibility to predict how the LAPD and NYPD boycott of the filmmaker and his films will affect the holiday box office. Which side do you stand on? The police? Or the director? Or is this just a blatant attack on free speech? Or did Quentin Tarantino make his move knowing this would give his Western free publicity?