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Quentin Tarantino Won't Apologize, Says Police Boycotts Don't Intimidate Him

November 03, 2015  | 

Under fire from law enforcement groups across the country, director Quentin Tarantino said Tuesday that his remarks condemning police brutality have been misrepresented to "demonize" him and deflect attention away from the issue, reports the Los Angeles Times.

"All cops are not murderers," Tarantino told The Times in his first public response to the controversy. "I never said that. I never even implied that."

Tarantino's interview with The Times comes after law enforcement groups in New York, Los Angeles, Orange County, New Jersey, Chicago and Philadelphia, among others, began calling for a public boycott of the filmmaker's upcoming movie, "The Hateful Eight."

Tarantino, though, says he is standing by what he said.

"I'm not being intimidated," he said. "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. But you know, that's their choice to do that to me. What can I do? I'm not taking back what I said. What I said was the truth."

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abdala @ 11/3/2015 4:55 PM

Tarantino accuses 'us' of slander? He is the one making slanderous comments. And Jamie Foxx comments that Tarantino continue to 'keep telling truth'. In addition to Tarantino I will never again watch another movie in which either is involved.

UncleMike @ 11/3/2015 5:25 PM

Tarintino's lap dogs have told him the lie that he's "something special" for so long he believes it.
He is totally without redeeming qualities, devoid of any social merit, and should be shoveled into the manure spreader along with the other Hollywood crap.
Even his Dad is disgusted with him.

Tony @ 11/3/2015 5:26 PM

How can anyone take a person like Tarantino seriously. He "pretends" for a living.

plato's playdough @ 11/3/2015 6:54 PM

He's the guy who directed Inglorious Bast_rds_2009,From IMDB_In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.

Directors: Quentin Tarantino, Eli Roth (uncredited)
Writer: Quentin Tarantino

KevCopAz @ 11/3/2015 7:26 PM

OK if he wants to stand by his statements then he has that right. We LEOs also have the right to stand by our opinion of him and his movies and have the right not to support his movies or work off-dusty at any of his movies or any company that employs him. Live by the "word" die by the word.

Fed Cop 1 @ 11/4/2015 6:16 AM

So what EXACTLY did he mean when he called police murderers while he was supporting the BLM anti-police rally?

S.S. @ 11/4/2015 6:16 AM

This guy is just getting free promotion for his new film. Just leave the s.o.b. alone. Really...who is this guy? You make movies that are hardly relevent. Those of us in law enforcement just don't go see the movies. Big deal q.t. is a p.o.s. and he's pretty much just like the rest of hollyweird.

Tom Ret @ 11/4/2015 8:08 AM

Hollywood numb nuts, Tarantino, says he won't be intimidated by a police boycott. Wait until he needs something and the police give him the cold shoulder, he will resort to the common response that the police have a duty, and taken an oath for service. Just my opinion, but I would think most cops, at least those who work the street and not political hacks, want to fulfill their oath of office but that is contingent on a majority of the public and their superiors backing them when they do their job. In recent times, if anyone has violated an oath or pledge, it is the city and national leaders who have abandoned their support for the police for political reasons. This needs to change or pep talks from chiefs will not resonate.

Chad @ 11/4/2015 2:29 PM

Actually I like his movies. The boycott seems childish to me. If you listen to what he said he clearly wasn't grouping all law enforcement together. It seems like a lot of cops forget this country is strongly rooted in its distrust of government power. Tarintino isn't inciting violence but instead is encouraging change. Nothing wrong with that.

Clint @ 11/4/2015 3:02 PM

Before you go whining about someone, you should take a complete look at the entire conversation and situation. Sound bite clips or quotes taken and reassembled can turn anyone into an idiot. What he said from my view was not anything like people are quacking it up to be. Read the entire LA Times article in today's (11-04) paper before you make an ass out of yourself.

Tom Ret @ 11/5/2015 7:51 AM

Without backing from local and national leaders there likely will be change all right. That change will be increasing crime, officers less likely to be proactive,
cities having a harder time recruiting and more officers retiring or leaving the profession. Chad and Clint, do you have any law enforcement experience? If so, have you been on a couple year coffee break or just unaware that there is a war on police that didn't exist years ago? If you have no experience, why don't you, that's right you, go out there on the street and show the cops how to do the job properly. I would suggest if you do that, you will get a rude awakening and a good dose of reality of what cops face day to day.

Chad @ 11/5/2015 4:05 PM

Little salty, Tom Ret?: I love when people question my police (and/or military) experience just because I hold a different opinion than you. Maybe the change you encourage in your post is the type of change we need. Maybe there needs to be less officers (less applying and more quiting) and more crime for people to return to reality and realize this may be the best (albeit imperfect) system and that demonizing officers isn't the way to go. Please don't come at me as though all cops are innocent law abiding citizens though. Everyday cops are fired/arrested for not following policy or committing crimes. If Lt. Gliniewicz was alive today he would be facing some pretty serious charges for attempting to have someone murdered or have drugs planted on them. You would have me believe you support him just because he had a badge? People need to understand that we are human and make mistakes, even worse that some of us are just bad apples and shouldn't be cops. We, as officers, should welcome change that moves in a more transparent direction. With your next post how about a little less of a 'high and mighty' attitude and a little more substance.

Time to get back to my coffee break!

Lincoln @ 11/7/2015 6:42 AM

Its about time we change our tone, our idea of separation, " we against them" The blue against the world! We need to accept the fact we are not all equal in brotherhood or even in discharging our daily duty. We need to be truthful to our self and our integrity that we do have some bad eggs among us. The bad one that make the rest of us looks bad, the bad one that brought shame and finger pointing to their comrades. The bad ones that brought name calling to the rest of us, those are the one Tarantino is talking about. Does are the one that shame us, not Tarantino.
We need a union leader that will make changes and root out the bad one that brought shame to us.

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