NYPD Cops Are at War with Quentin Tarantino

On Saturday, a rally against police brutality organized by RiseUpOctober got the sort of attention any protest held in the middle of New York City would dream of.

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This is largely in part to a celebrity cameo by Academy Award-winning writer and director Quentin Tarantino, famous for extremely violent movies such as "Kill Bill," "Pulp Fiction," and "Django Unchained." Now, a police union is calling for a boycott against the filmmaker's movies.

Riling up the crowd in New York's Washington Square Park, Tarantino exclaimed:

"I am a human being with a conscience, and when I see murder I cannot stand by! And I have to call the murdered the murdered, and I have to call the murderers the murderers."

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Tarantino's words and the rally as a whole come at an uncomfortable time. Only a few days before the Saturday rally, New York police officer Randolph Holder was shot dead on the job.

When questioned about the timing of the protest, Tarantino told the New York Post:

"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.”

While Tarantino might have expected some backlash to his involvement with the protests, he probably wasn't expecting this. In a press release circulated on Sunday, the NYPD's largest labor union called for a boycott of the "cop-hater's" films.

PBA president Patrick J. Lynch states:

“It's 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.”

This controversy comes at an interesting time. Tarantino's latest movie, "The Hateful Eight" starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell is slated for a December 25 release.

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