Quentin Tarantino is one of Hollywood’s best directors and has held that title for sometime now. But he’s more than just that. He also cares about the culture and shows up when it’s time to show out.
Tarantino decided to join the #RiseUpOctober rally in New York and NYPD wasn’t too happy to see him there. He marched with hundred other participants and didnt shy away from any camera crews who were documenting his presence during the rally. The rally happened to be at an unfortunate time due to an incident that took place in Harlem last week that left a NYPD officer dead from gunshot wounds after exchanging fire with an armed suspect.
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.
He also spoke about his opinions police brutality against African Americans. According to Rolling Stone, Tarantino believes,
This is not being dealt with in any way at all. That’s why we are out here. If it was being dealt with, then these murdering cops would be in jail or at least be facing charges. 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.
NYPD took major offense to Tarantino’s participation in the rally and comments. They believe it’s a sensitive time for the department as they mourn the loss of the young officer. NYC Benevolent Association, which represents NYPD officers, President Patrick Lynch immediately called for a city-wide boycott of his films. Lynch says,
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. It’s no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too. New Yorkers need to send a message to Tarantino by boycotting his films.