Quentin Tarantino has been a coveted Hollywood director for over 2 decades now, but he recently rubbed one of the biggest (and most notoriously questionable) police forces in the nation the wrong way with his public support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Taking a quick break from promoting his latest film project, Quentin ventured to New York City over the weekend where he joined residents in the #RiseUpOctober rally. Tarantino was among the hundreds of participants who flooded the streets of the Big Apple to march and chat in unison as part of the gathering and he didn’t shy away from camera crews who were on hand to document the rally and his presence.
Speaking to the crowd of participants about the growing epidemic of police brutality against African-Americans, Tarantino had this to say according to Rolling Stone:
“This is not being dealt with in any way at all. That’s why we are out here. If it was being dealt with, then these murdering cops would be in jail or at least be facing charges.
When I see murders, I do not stand by … I have to call a murder a murder, and I have to call the murderers the murderers.”
The rally comes on the heels of an incident in Harlem last week that left a young NYPD officer dead from a fatal gunshot wound after exchanging fire with a shooting suspect. Tarantino acknowledged the unfortunate timing of the rally while speaking to the crowd and offered his sympathy over the officer’s death.
“It’s like this: It’s unfortunate timing, but we’ve flown in all these families to go and tell their stories … That cop that was killed, that’s a tragedy, too.”
In light of his comments and participation coming at a sensitive time for the NYPD as they mourn the loss of the young officer, NYC Benevolent Association (which represents NYPD officers) President Patrick Lynch immediately called for a city-wide boycott of his films.
“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.
It’s no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too,” Lynch said, adding that “New Yorkers need to send a message” to Tarantino by boycotting his films.”
It is certainly very sad and unfortunate that this young officer lost his life in the line of duty during an incident not related to police brutality, however, it’s also refreshing to see such a renowned member of the non-Black Hollywood community stand his ground to help advocate against social injustice and the police war on Black lives.