Quentin Tarantino Admits Backlash Has Made Him Uneasy About Police
"It's interesting; I'm now all of a sudden looking into my rearview mirror again."
Quentin Tarantino once again is nervous about police, as he was in his youth.
The embattled director appeared Friday night on Real Time With Bill Maher, where he talked about the recent controversy surrounding him and remarks he made during an anti-police-brutality rally in New York late last month.
As he previously has done, the director of the upcoming The Hateful Eight said his comments about police being "murderers" have been misconstrued. And what's more, the backlash from numerous law-enforcement agencies around the country has made him uneasy.
"It's interesting; I'm now all of a sudden looking into my rearview mirror again, and I'm seeing the bubblegums — police cars — again in a way that I haven't thought about in 20 years," Tarantino told Maher.
Numerous police unions and law-enforcement organizations have denounced the Hollywood filmmaker. The Fraternal Order of Police, the largest union for sworn officers in the country, has gone one step further, saying that it has a "surprise" in store for Tarantino. No specifics on its plan were released.
Tarantino told Maher he was fine debating with police over what he actually said, not an interpretation.
"If they were saying what I said, and they had a problem with that, well then now we're actually talking about the problem," said Tarantino. "We actually do need to talk to the cops about this. We actually do need to get to the problem. We need to bring this to the table."
Maher asked the Pulp Fiction director if he was going to "continue talking," to which Tarantino replied: "Yeah. Absolutely."
While on the HBO show, Tarantino told Maher the main problem — or the "biggest head that needs to be chopped off first" of the "Hydra" — is the "blue-wall idea."
"The fact that they would protect their own as opposed to put themselves at the betterment of citizenry," explained Tarantino. "I actually don't think it is an issue of individuals, good cops versus bad cops. I think it's inside of the institution itself. If they were really, really serious about this, they wouldn't close rank on what I'm obviously talking about, which is bad cops. And I'm obviously talking about specific cases where it is murder as far as I'm concerned. Walter Scott was murdered."