Quentin Tarantino says he will not be intimidated by police unions calling for a boycott of his films. Tarantino recently became a target of their disdain after he was photographed marching with police brutality protestors during an event in New York last month.
Since then, several police unions across the United States, including those for the LAPD and NYPD, have condemn the director. Tarantino was asked about the boycott in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, and didn’t hold back.
“What they’re doing is pretty obvious. Instead of dealing with the incidents of police brutality that those people were bringing up, instead of examining the problem of police brutality in this country, better they single me out,” he explained. “And their message is very clear. 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.”
“I’m not being intimidated. Frankly, it feels lousy to have a bunch of police mouthpieces call me a cop hater. I’m not a cop hater. That is a misrepresentation. That is slanderous. That is not how I feel.”
Tarantino, whose film The Hateful Eight opens this year, says he’s not really worried about the boycott impacting the release. “The people who are screaming against me are the mouthpieces for the police. They can call for a boycott. That doesn’t mean that cops are going to respond. Because I actually have a whole lot of fans that are police officers.”