The largest law enforcement organization in Texas announced Wednesday they are joining other police associations, unions and organizations across the country in calling for a boycott of all Quentin Tarantino’s movies after the Hollywood director marched against police shootings in Manhattan.
The 20,000 strong Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) is encouraging others to boycott Tarantino’s upcoming film, The Hateful Eight, as well as all of his movies.
“Having served 30 years as a law enforcement officer, I am outraged that an American film producer and director would be in the streets of a major city inciting riots and protesting against law enforcement officers who lay their lives on the line every day,” said Sergeant Todd Harrison, President of CLEAT.
“Accusing law enforcement of being murderers just days after a New York officer was killed is not only disgraceful but is an attempt to create a divide between law enforcement and the community,” stated Harrison. “He is obviously supporting violence against police officers.”
Tarantino merged with other demonstrators on Saturday in Greenwich Village’s Washington Square to march along Sixth Avenue as organized by the New York group RiseUpOctober. Ironically, police officers insured the safety and peace for the protesters by cordoning off a lane of traffic for them. As they paraded, some shouted with megaphones and waved signs.
Patrick Lynch, the head of the New York Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, spoke out against Tarantino on Sunday, calling him a “purveyor of degeneracy” because his statements were “slanderous ‘Cop Fiction’.”
“It’s no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too,” Lynch said in a statement. “The police officers that Quentin Tarantino calls ‘murderers’ aren’t living in one of his depraved big screen fantasies – they’re risking and sometimes sacrificing their lives to protect communities from real crime and mayhem.”
“Rank and file officers protect the wealth of people like Quentin Tarantino and deserve better than to be ridiculed and disrespected,” said Charley Wilkison, CLEAT’s Executive Director.
“This is total hypocrisy from someone who has reaped the rewards of wealth that was created and protected by American workers,” Wilkison remarked. “If he’ll say this about law enforcement, you know what he thinks about other public workers such as firefighters and teachers, who also make sacrifices for our community.”
Los Angeles Police Protective League President Craig Lally said their organization was joining in the boycott of Tarantino’s films because of the director’s comments, just days after NYPD Officer Randolph Holder was shot and killed by chasing a suspect in East Harlem, encouraged attacks on officers.
“We fully support constructive dialogue about how police interact with citizens. But there is no place for inflammatory rhetoric that makes police officers even bigger targets than we already are,” Lally said in a statement this week. “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.”
Tarantino movie fan, Bob Whitaker of San Antonio, Texas said “as much as I enjoy his movies, I’m just going to have to set them out. There are too many good movies coming out at Christmas and if I feel I have to see The Hateful Eight, I’ll wait until it comes out on DVD rental or something. I just can’t support his actions against the people who put their lives out there to protect us each day.”