The president of New York City’s largest police union called for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s films after the director participated in an anti-police rally in the city on Saturday.
Tarantino fired up about 300 protesters during the RiseUpOctober march on Saturday, telling the crowd: “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 anti-police rally happened just four days after NYPD officer Randolph Holder was shot in the head and killed while pursuing an armed suspect in Harlem.
In a statement on Sunday, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch said it was “no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too.”
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. 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.
Tarantino, who reportedly flew in from California for the event, had told the New York Post that the timing of the rally was “unfortunate.”
“It’s like this: it’s unfortunate timing, but we’ve flown in all these families to go and tell their stories,” the Oscar-winning Pulp Fiction director told the paper. “That cop that was killed, that’s a tragedy, too.”
Tarantino’s latest film, The Hateful Eight, will debut in theaters on Christmas Day.