Michael Moore: I'm the Only White Celebrity Standing Up for Quentin Tarantino
"So, a couple of days ago, I said, 'To hell with that, I'm going to stand up for him.' "
Michael Moore is stunned more Caucasian celebrities are not publicly in Quentin Tarantino's corner.
During an interview with THR on Friday, the director of the upcoming film Where to Invade Next said he is looking for answers about why a fellow artist is being threatened by police and blasted in the media for comments he made at an anti-police-brutality march last month in New York.
"Has any white person in this town, in the industry, stood up for Quentin Tarantino?" asked Moore. "The white guy stuck his neck out there, and they're trying to chop it off."
The Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker said Tarantino taking part in the rally was "incredible," and it was time for him to speak up for the embattled filmmaker, whose latest project, The Hateful Eight, is due out on Christmas. "So, a couple of days ago I said, 'To hell with that, I'm going to stand up for him,' " added Moore.
On Thursday, Moore posted a picture of Tarantino at the rally on his unverified Instagram page, along with a message of support.
Quentin Tarantino, a brave and good American, standing with families who've lost loved ones to police violence. Now certain police, the same ones who defend the cops who've killed unarmed innocent black citizens, are out to get Tarantino. They've called for a boycott of his movies. Really? I think just the opposite. I think millions of us not only stand with Tarantino, we're going to make sure we go see his next movie! Who's with me? Stay strong Quentin. They're just frightened and in shock that a well-known and respected white guy would dare to speak out.
Tarantino, at the rally, referred to police as "murderers." And while he since has clarified his remarks, saying he only was talking about officers who kill unarmed men and women, Moore said Tarantino was accurate from the start.
"If the police know they have an unarmed person, and they're in the process of killing someone, and this someone is shouting, I think a total of 13 times, 'I can't breathe' until he can't say it a 14th time because he literally can't breathe — if I did that to you right now, I think I would be called a murderer. I don't think I have a right to do that," said Moore.
Last weekend, Jamie Foxx also defended Tarantino during the Hollywood Film Awards.
"Keep telling the truth, keep speaking the truth, and don't worry about none of the haters," said the Django Unchained actor.
On Friday, the ACLU of Southern California released a statement defending Tarantino, saying he is correct.
"He has given voice to the frustrations of millions of Americans who stand for justice," read the statement. "And we raise our voice with his, speaking up as we have for decades to make it very clear that we condemn not the police, but police brutality and challenge the conspiracy of silence around police abuse."