After a week of backlash and threats to boycott his upcoming movie, director Quentin Tarantino stood by his comments against police brutality.
Speaking with the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday, Tarantino said that local police organizations have been bullying him ever since he took part in an anti-cop rally in Brooklyn, stating he was “on the side of the murdered.” These groups include the National Association of Police Organizations, and local groups in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, and Philadelphia.
Tarantino told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday that law enforcement groups are trying to bully him. “Instead of dealing with the problem of police brutality in this country, better they single me out,” Tarantino told the Times.
“And their message is very clear,” he continued. “It’s to shut me down. It’s to discredit me. It is to intimidate me. It is to shut my mouth, and even more important than that, it is to send a message out to any other prominent person that might feel the need to join that side of the argument.”
Jamie Foxx, star of one of Tarantino’s films Django Unchained, spoke out in support of the director, as did the Weinstein Co., longtime distributor of his films. They say that they fully support his right to speak his mind.
“Tarantino lives in a fantasy world,” Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday. “That’s how he makes his living. His movies are extremely violent but he doesn’t understand violence. He doesn’t understand the nature of the violence that police officers confront. Unfortunately he mistakes lawful use of force for murder, and it’s not.”
Maybe Tarantino is just jealous that his films are seemingly less violent compared to what’s going on in the real world nowadays?