Backlash against Quentin Tarantino’s films has made its reach to police unions in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York, and even Tarantino’s own family.
Just days after NYPD officer Randolph Holder was shot and killed while pursuing a suspect in East Harlem, Tarantino, the Hollywood director was heard criminalizing cops and calling them “murderers” at a #RiseUpOctober rally held on October 24. The rally was the last of three anti-police rallies held by the organization, in correspondence with activists Cornell West and Carl Dix, condemning police activities as “genocidal assault on black and Latino people in this country.”
“When I see murders, I do not stand by,” Tarantino had said defiantly. “I have to call the murderers the murderers.”
But American police officers also had no plans to ‘stand by’ for the man who glorifies murder and violence in his films, deprecates their service and belittles the late Officer Holder’s legacy. New York’s Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, called for a boycott of Tarantino’s films on October 25.
“It’s no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too,” Lynch said. “The police officers that Quentin Tarantino calls ‘murderers’ aren’t living in one of his depraved big-screen fantasies – they’re risking and sometimes sacrificing their lives to protect communities from real crime and mayhem.”
"Shame on him," New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton said. "There are no words to describe the contempt I have for him and his comments at this particular time."
Days later, John McNesby, president of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, announced that the organization had voted unanimously to join the protest.
“Tarantino has shown through his actions that he is anti-police,” McNesby said in a press statement. “Mr. Tarantino has made a good living through his films, projecting into society at large violence and respect for criminals; it turns out he also hates cops.”
Tarantino, who owns a theater in Los Angeles which benefits from local police services, managed to infuriate Los Angeles police officers as well. Lauren Weil, an associate at the Los Angeles Police Protective League, told The Daily Wire that the LAPPL had swiftly joined the boycott after Lynch’s statement.
"We fully support this boycott of Quentin Tarantino films. Hateful rhetoric dehumanizes police and encourages attacks on us."
Craig Lally, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League
“There is no place for inflammatory rhetoric that makes police officers even bigger targets than we already are,” Craig Lally, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said in a statement. “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… 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.”
Perhaps most surprising of all was Tarantino’s own father’s condemnation of his anti-police rhetoric earlier this week on Sean Hannity show.
“What he did and what he said is dead wrong,” Tony Tarantino said to Sean Hannity about his son. “I, you know, 100 percent on that. I would like to see him come back out and take a second look at what he did and what he said and apologize for it.”
Tony Tarantino said that he and his son do not have a good relationship, but that he feels it is his civic responsibility to do what is right for our communities and for his family members who have risked their lives in order to protect American citizens.