Harvey Weinstein Breaks Silence on Quentin Tarantino Police Remarks (EXCLUSIVE)

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Harvey Weinstein hit back at reports that he was furious at Quentin Tarantino for speaking at an anti-police brutality rally, saying that he supported the star director and believed his comments were being misinterpreted.

Tarantino’s remarks at the October gathering, in which he equated police killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and others with murder, led law enforcement groups to issue boycott threats of his upcoming film “The Hateful Eight.” The $62 million western is being back by the Weinstein Company, the indie studio that Harvey Weinstein runs with his brother Bob.

“Bob and I are getting along better than ever with Quentin,” said Weinstein. “I think he’s been misunderstood and misinterpreted.”

He added: “I respect his right to speak out for what he believes in, while at the same time respecting the sacrifices made every day by the overwhelming majority of our police officers. The two are not mutually exclusive.”

For his part, Tarantino has refused to back down. In interviews he has clarified his remarks, telling that he never meant to imply that all cops were murderers, while hitting back at what he depicted as a campaign of intimidation.

“Instead of dealing with the incidents of police brutality that those people were bringing up, instead of examining the problem of police brutality in this country, better they single me out,” Tarantino told the Times. “And their message is very clear. It’s to shut me down. It’s to discredit me. It is to intimidate me. It is to shut my mouth, and even more important than that, it is to send a message out to any other prominent person that might feel the need to join that side of the argument.”

Weinstein and Tarantino have a long history. The indie executive has released nearly every one of the director’s films, including “Pulp Fiction” and “Jackie Brown.”

Insiders at the Weinstein Company are high on “The Hateful Eight’s” box office prospects, calling it Tarantino’s best work in years. They also claim it is one of his more political offerings — a film that offers up a plea for racial tolerance.

“The Hateful Eight” debuts in limited release on Christmas Day before expanding in early January.

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  1. joe says:

    This movie is another garbage liberal production. Everyone is sick of this schlock.

  2. Justice says:

    Hey Harvey, thanks for denigrating Christmas Day with another violent hack job from your houseboy.

  3. Sophie says:

    There is so much info that makes me to be not secure if this film will have the same success of last two Tarantino movies. This perfectly may ends like Kill Bill, acclaimed for several critics but non-factor to Oscar or Screen Guilds.
    And also some part of his audience could be not interested in another western.

  4. Dave Bortman says:

    Quentin Tarantino is damaging himself with his comments in your article. He talks about those who want to damage him “and other prominent people”. It’s absurd to refer to yourself as a “prominent person”. Dave Bortman

    • The Truth says:

      Whether or not you admire his controversial work and personality, Quentin Tarantino is one of the most well-known filmmakers and entertainment figures of our time. Otherwise, police factions wouldn’t care what he thinks or says, and there would be no call for a boycott of The Hateful Eight. While police work is extremely difficult and dangerous — and no one should make it more so without reasoned grounds — there’s no question that use of deadly force by police officers is a significant problem. Unarmed people are being gunned down with alarming frequency, and justice for the dead often seems underserved. As Tarantino correctly observes, the focus of police force energies should be on improving the quality of their work, not on economic sanctions against his movie. Even if they don’t like it, the duty of the police is to protect free speech, not stifle it.

  5. Joy Karen says:

    How does that saying go? “…first they came for the Jews but I didn’t speak up because I was not a Jew…”
    …………”and then they came for me for there was no one left to speak up…”

  6. Heads Will Ache says:

    Whatever it takes to promote a weak film which is exactly what the ‘Hard Eight’ is. A weak film. Contrived and ridiculous… a headache.

  7. Ted says:

    typo in the second graph Brent & Ramin. I quit reading. do better. care about your own writing enough to proofread.

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