The Wrap is reporting that director Quentin Tarantino is expected to apologize in the near future for calling police officers “murderers” at an anti-cop hate rally in New York last month. How exactly one apologizes or clarifies smearing others as murderers is hard to predict, but that is the apparent plan:
But an individual with knowledge of the situation said the director is planning to explain his comments in an opinion piece and apologize to those who were offended. The exact time and media outlet will be decided by the director, the individual said.
After Tarantino said this in New York while standing front of a sign that read “Stop Police Terror” …
“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.”
…many are going to see any apology from the director as nothing more than a cynical move on his part to ease the boycott furor currently consuming “The Hateful Eight’s” Christmas Day rollout. The Weinstein Company is heavily invested in the three-hour Western, to the tune of $80 to $100 million, and Harvey Weinstein is said to be furious over Tarantino’s comments.
The insincere celebrity apology has become a tired ritual in Hollywood. Tarantino will have to pull an inside straight if he’s going to convince a media-savvy public (and a quarter million police officers) that he’s truly sorry.
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