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Quentin Tarantino on Tuesday doubled down on comments he made about “murderer” cops and the New York City Police Department union has responded in kind.
The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association responded swiftly after the Hollywood director said he would not be “intimidated” following the growing backlash over controversial comments he made in New York last month during a protest against police brutality.
“The damage from Quentin Tarantino’s hateful comments about police officers has already been done,” Patrick J. Lynch, PBA president, said in a statement to THR on the “latest Tarantino outburst.”
“‘Freedom of expression goes both ways,” said Lynch. “If he doesn’t want to face a backlash, he should choose his words more carefully in the future. Meanwhile, police officers will continue to express their own outrage at the box office.”
Tarantino made it clear he is not backing down.
“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,” the director of the upcoming Hateful Eight told the Los Angeles Times.
The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association is the union that started the boycott, which has since been joined by numerous other unions and law enforcement organizations around the country.
Tarantino marched and made the comments during a rally that took place Oct. 24.
“I’m a human being with a conscience,” said Tarantino at the rally. “And if you believe there’s murder going on, then you need to rise up and stand up against it. I’m here to say I’m on the side of the murdered.”
The director of the upcoming Hateful Eight also said, “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,” according to multiple reports.
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