Three (other) times Quentin Tarantino found himself in the middle of controversy

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

LAPD backs NYPD boycott of Quentin Tarantino films.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League has come out in support of a call for a boycott of the “Pulp Fiction” director’s films after he appeared in an anti-police brutality protest organized by RiseUpOctober on Saturday in New York City. “I’m a human being with a conscience,” he said at the time. “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.” Tarantino’s use of the word “murder” led to a backlash from the New York Benevolent Association. “It’s no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too,” Patrick J.

As they moved, those with megaphones shouted stories of the slain as others waved signs with photos of the dead, mostly young black men, and the dates and places of their deaths. There was no slam intended.” Tarantino however did slam film critic Jan Wahl in a 2003 interview ahead of the premeire of “Kill Bill.” Though regarded by many, including the filmmaker himself, as a story of female empowerment, Wahl, then of San Francisco’s KRON, didn’t agree. Film director Quentin Tarantino took irresponsibility to a new and completely unacceptable level this past weekend by referring to police as murderers during an anti-police march in New York.” “Hateful rhetoric dehumanizes police and encourages attacks on us,” Lally added. “And 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.” Tarantino has yet to respond to the criticism. A federal jury ruled that a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer, who did not face criminal charges, had used excessive force, and it awarded her $500,000. In an on-air interview with him, things got heated as she pushed back on the director’s assertion that 12-year-old girls would be empowered by the film.

Although he has never been known for his political activism, he has expressed solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. “I love the fact that people are talking and dealing with the institutional racism that has existed in this country and been ignored,” he told New York Magazine in July. “I feel like it’s another ’60s moment, where the people themselves had to expose how ugly they were before things could change. In response, Tarantino called the critic out for conflating real life with the film. “Jan, you’re all messed up because you’re talking about real life and I’m talking about the movie,” he said. “You’ve got to get it straight.” Perhaps the most contentious of Tarantino’s feuds however may be the longstanding one between fellow director Spike Lee. Activist Carl Dix, who helped found RiseUpOctober with West, said that while he sympathized with Holder’s family the officer’s death did not affect the need to hold Saturday’s rally as scheduled.

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