The boycott stems from remarks the Hollywood auteur made during a march in New York on Oct. 24 against state-perpetuated violence. According to the New York Post, Tarantino told a rally of supporters, “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.” (Representatives for Tarantino declined to comment to the New York Times Sunday, as did a spokesperson for the Weinstein Company, which will soon roll out the director’s latest film, The Hateful Eight.)
The D.C. police union, which represents approximately 3,600 Metropolitan Police Department officers, tweeted the following last Thursday:
We will join in boycotting Director Quentin Tarantino’s films for his inflammatory remarks directed towards police. https://t.co/TEWigkHHXk
— DC Police Union (@DCPoliceUnion) October 29, 2015
FOP Chairman Delroy Burton confirms in an email to City Desk that the union will indeed be boycotting Tarantino’s films, although it’s unclear for how long.
“The D.C. Police Union joins with law enforcement organizations throughout the nation in condemning Mr. Tarantino’s hateful remarks,” Burton wrote late Friday afternoon. “Words have consequences and the hateful speech being directed at law enforcement officers in this nation for the past year have already resulted in an increase in the number of police officers killed or injured in the line of duty. I would like Mr. Tarantino to know that the use of such inflammatory language does nothing to advance the conversation about policing and reform. It detracts from that effort.”
According to the Wrap, Tarantino is expected to address his remarks in an opinion piece.
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