National Association of Police Organizations joins Quentin Tarantino boycott

1 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Cop-bashing Tarantino has family in the force.

An unlikely ally has joined the NYPD and LAPD police officers unions in condemning Quentin Tarantino for his stance on police brutality: The director’s own father.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.

The Hollywood heavyweight infuriated New York’s Finest — including Commissioner Bill Bratton — when he branded police officers “murderers” during a protest four days after a cop was killed in the line of duty. On Friday, Tarantino’s own father said his son’s comments were “dead wrong” — especially since three of his cousins wore the badge with pride. “When I read what my son said, it upset me. [We] have three cousins from the NYPD. Speaking at the main rally on Saturday, in New York’s Washington Square Park, Tarantino said he stood “on the side of the murdered,” adding that police often fell into the category of murderers.

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. I’ve seen and heard the things they go through, and to see them so discredited like this is really sad,” Tony Tarantino told The Post. “The police getting such a bad rap, especially coming from my own son, is really sickening to me. In Tony Tarantino’s statement on behalf of the PBA, the actor explained of his son, “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. It would really be great if he issued a public apology for the statements he made.” The “Pulp Fiction” and “Kill Bill” director’s police lineage includes Anthony Massaro, a retired NYPD lieutenant who was a detective commander in the 9th Precinct in the East Village from 1991 to 2013.

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. The men and women of the NYPD do a phenomenal job and don’t get enough credit.” Massaro also described how officers don’t need to take heat from celebrities like his cousin because they already have to deal with added pressures from the anti-police sentiment that has swept across the nation. “Whenever someone says something like [what Quentin said], it makes police officers’ jobs a lot harder,” he said. “It’s much more dangerous today than in my time.

This is not a movie, this is real life where police officers lives are impacted by his words.” “It is aimed at sending a message, not just to Tarantino, but to anyone whose voice carries great weight in society: If you speak out, we will come after you, threaten your livelihood and attempt to scare you back into silence,” activist Carl Dix said. “Video after video has shown unarmed black, Latino, and Native Americans being tazed, stomped, brutalized, and shot in the back by police and almost never are the police even indicted. He owes an apology to law enforcement officers across country and we will continue to encourage the boycotting of his films until he makes such an apology. The list of police agencies across the country who will boycott Quentin Tarantino’s films is long and growing.” 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. The president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League (PPL) said the director’s “hateful rhetoric” dehumanized police and encouraged attacks. “Questioning everything we do threatens public safety by discouraging officers from putting themselves in positions where their legitimate actions could be falsely portrayed as thuggery,” PPL President Craig Lally said.

Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. In Philadelphia, a Fraternal Order of Police lodge representing 14,000 officers voted unanimously to join the boycott, with FOP President John McNesby calling Tarantino “anti-police” and accusing him of profiting from films that project “violence and respect for criminals” into the society.

While the director has not yet responded to criticism, Rise Up October organizers and participants have condemned the boycott of Tarantino as an attack on free speech. He wore a badge from 1951 to 1972 and was also a proud Army veteran who heroically stormed the beaches of Normandy in World War II, according to his obituary in Newsday. The campaign amounts to a “mafia-style protection racket,” said Carl Dix of the Revolutionary Communist Party, one of the protest’s organizers. “We must not allow the intimidation or silencing of those who use their influence to shine a light on the epidemic of police terror. After going a uncommonly long time without killing off a major character, The Walking Dead this week said a wrenching goodbye to someone who’d been part of the show’s solid core since the beginning. If he does apologize, it will be because he’s pressured into by studio bosses more upset about the controversy than he is, says Howard Bragman, veteran publicist and founder of 15 Minutes Public Relations. “Not only has Quentin Tarantino been through controversies, he kind of likes being that guy,” Bragman says. “I think Quentin is pretty OK with what he did.

At the end of the series’ very first episode, Rick Grimes was penned-in by zombies in downtown Atlanta with little hope of escape — then he heard the voice of a friendly stranger over the radio, calling him a “dumbass.” That stranger, a former pizza-delivery guy named Glenn Rhee, saved our hero’s life. Now, in this week’s episode — entitled, appropriately enough, “Thank You” — Glenn calls his buddy “dumbass” one last time, via a radio message he delivers from a walker-infested small-town shopping plaza. Yes, there have been police officers guilty of crimes, but you can’t condemn a whole department just because of a few bad apples.” The 52-year-old director has targeted police in his movies — including the 1992 film “Reservoir Dogs,” in which a cop is tortured, mutilated and killed. “Quentin is a phenomenal talent, a filmmaking genius,” his dad said. “I can still respect his art. His hand-written note of gratitude ultimately ends up on the ground, trampled by the undead as its author dies screaming — not too long after Glenn mentions that he has a wife, too. As our heroes try to salvage the plan and get back to safety, Rick tells Glenn and Michonne that there are too many walkers ahead of them for their party to survive intact; he stresses that they shouldn’t hesitate to leave the weak and wounded behind.

It’s an impressive, horrifying spectacle, captured by director Michael Slovis in a series of overhead shots that make the walkers look like an unstoppable force of nature. He puts his faith in Nicholas, the ASZ coward he’s been trying to teach to be stronger; and the other man’s indecision leads them into a blocked-off alley, where they quickly run out of ammunition. Nicholas panics and shoots himself in the head (after saying, “Thank you”) and they both fall into the horde, where Glenn’s ripped apart, fully conscious. The death comes with about 15 minutes remaining in “Thank You,” leaving the rest of the episode to compare the lesson — that it’s cruel to be kind — with what our surviving heroes are going through. And Rick, having shocked the Alexandrians with how callously he kills and scavenges, shocks himself when he guns down some humans who are trying to commandeer his RV, then goes through their pockets and finds jars of baby food.

Right about now, this show’s fans fans are probably going through a similar intellectual wrestling match, trying to decide whether this latest twist is one too many. Most TV dramas, even the bloodiest, promise to keep at least a few major characters front-and-center, so that viewers will have someone reliable and likable to follow through the worst of times. But like Game of Thrones, our weekly dose of zombie-apocalypse drama has always been a show where the stakes are high and meaningful, and where anyone can die at any time.

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