Quentin Tarantino has made it abundantly clear that he believes law enforcement is riddled with racist cops. After participating in an anti-police brutality protest in October in which he described cops as "murderers," Tarantino has continued to double and triple down on the statement. His most recent comments perhaps the most deplorable yet.
In two recent interviews, one with Howard Stern last week and one with Entertainment Weekly Monday, Tarantino decried the "institutional racism" in law enforcement and said he "completely and utterly reject[s]" the notion that only a few cops are racist.
"I completely and utterly reject the bad apples argument," Tarantino told Entertainment Weekly. "Chicago just got caught with their pants down in a way that can’t be denied. But I completely and utterly reject the 'few bad apples' argument. Yeah, the guy who shot [Laquan McDonald] is a bad apple. But so are the other eight or nine cops that were there that said nothing, did nothing, let a lie stand for an entire year."
"I completely and utterly reject the bad apples argument."
"And the chief of police, is he a bad apple?" the director continued. "I think he is. Is [Chicago Mayor] Rahm Emanuel a bad apple? I think he is. They’re all bad apples. That just shows that that’s a bulls*** argument. It's about institutional racism. It's about institutional cover-ups that are about protecting the force as opposed to the citizens."
"I am a human being with a conscience," said Tarantino in the anti-police brutality rally in October. "And when I see murder, I cannot stand by, and I have to call the murdered the murdered and I have the call the murderers the murderers."
After massive backlash, Tarantino mildly walked back the statement, saying "all cops are not murderers," all the while unloading on the officers whom he accused of trying to "shut me down ... discredit me ... intimidate me."
Tarantino's rhetoric has been met with calls for a boycott of his new film Hateful Eight from some of the most influential police unions in the nation, including the NYPD, the Fraternal Order of Police, the National Association of Police Organizations, the Philadelphia PD, and the union in his own stomping ground, the LAPD.
Tarantino has responded to the chorus of boycott calls by tearing into police even more, accusing them of "threatening" him and saying they "sounded like bad guys in an '80s action movie."
"As far as getting my point across, the cops response to it has made my point for me in so many ways," the director told EW Monday. "They look really bad. Civil servants, even rhetorically, shouldn’t be threatening private citizens. They sounded like bad guys in an ’80s action movie."
Despite the director's defiance and the Weinstein Company standing by him, as EW underscores, the negative press has already "exact[ed] a price" on his new film:
Despite being a bloody R-rated shoot ‘em up, The Weinstein Company had secured some clever marketing tie-ins, a rare bauble for an R-rated film. Those all went poof when the police proposed their boycott. “One of them was a fast-food restaurant that were going to do little Happy Meal kind of things, with character cups of the different eight and everything,” says Tarantino. “And that would’ve been really fun and really cool; we would’ve been breaking new ground for such a tough movie, to have those kind of tie-ins. But [those companies] got scared, and I understand why they got scared.”
As for whether or not the Hateful Eight is worth seeing, well, you judge for yourself:
Might want to just see The Force Awakens again instead.
One positive side story from the film: one of its stars, Kurt Russell, has come out guns blazing in defense of the Second Amendment.
H/t Daniel Nussbaum, TheDC.