Add another bellow from the police unions condemning director Quentin Tarantino and his movies, plus a slap from his own father, amidst continuing deafening silence from the Oscar-winning filmmaker.
“I love my son and have great respect for him as an artist but he is dead wrong in calling police officers, particularly in New York City where I grew up, murderers,” said actor Tony Tarantino in a statement released Friday by the New York Police Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.
“He is a passionate man and that comes out in his art but sometimes he lets his passion blind him to the facts and to reality.”
Police unions in New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles have already called for a boycott of Tarantino films — his latest, The Hateful Eight, lands on Christmas Day — and now the New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association has joined the shame-on-Tarantino chorus.
Tarantino is under pressure because of inflammatory remarks he made at a protest against police brutality in New York last weekend, in which he suggested some cops who shoot civilians are “murderers” and he stands “with the murdered.”
Then, he ducked for cover as fire and brimstone from some of nation’s major police unions started raining down on him.
Pat Colligan, president of the New Jersey union, issued a statement Friday calling on Garden State cops to join the boycott. He suggested Tarantino’s rhetoric might lead to the murder of police officers.
“It is hard not to see the anti-police rhetoric that has been stirred up in the nation over the past year. We don’t know if this irresponsible speech led directly to the recent murder of officers around the nation, but Mr. Tarantino should be mindful of the potential dangers that can result from the dangerous rhetoric once it is ingrained in the mind of a person who is willing to harm an officer,” Colligan said.
“Quentin Tarantino needs to understand that as a public figure his voice is one that people listen to. He has an obligation to be more responsible. This is not a movie, this is real life where police officers lives are impacted by his words.”
The director’s father said in his statement he believes his son got carried away when he joined the protest rally in Manhattan last Saturday.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Maria Puente