National Association of Police Organizations Joins Quentin Tarantino Boycott

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The growing police boycott of Quentin Tarantino‘s “The Hateful Eight” has been joined by the National Association of Police Organizations.

The group, which describes itself as representing 1,000 police units and associations and over 241,000 sworn law enforcement officers, has told its members that it supports the boycott — which emerged after Tarantino referred to officers as “murderers.” It also asserted that officers should not work for any future Tarantino projects.

“We ask officers to stop working special assignments or off-duty jobs, such as providing security, traffic control or technical advice for any of Tarantino’s projects,” a statement on NAPO’s website said.” We need to send a loud and clear message that such hateful rhetoric against police officers is unacceptable.

The boycott has been joined by police unions in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, New Jersey, Chicago and Philadelphia. The  law enforcement action stems from the director’s comments on Oct. 24 at a Black Lives Matter rally in New York City to protest police brutality — four days after NYPD officer Randolph Holder was shot to death by a suspect while on duty.

“This is not being dealt with in any way at all,” Tarantino said. “That’s why we are out here. If it was being dealt with, then these murdering cops would be in jail or at least be facing charges. When I see murders, I do not stand by. I have to call a murder a murder, and I have to call the murderers the murderers.”

The Weinstein Company, which is releasing “The Hateful Eight” on Christmas, has not responded to requests for comment about the speech and the reaction to it.

The statement from the National Association of Police Organizations also said, “As a high profile figure, Tarantino’s language is utterly irresponsible, particularly at a time when the nation is seeing increasing and persistent calls for the killing of officers. Anti-police rhetoric like Tarantino’s threatens the safety of police and citizens alike. The police he is calling murderers are the same officers who were present along the protest route to ensure the safety of protesters, who provide security when he is filming, and who put their lives on the line to protect our communities day in and day out.”

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  1. Vicky Hilton says:

    So, in other words. Tarantino stuck up for a race other than his own….one that has been known to be picked on my a lot police with physical proof to back it up, and The police Associations/Organizations are dumb enough to make it into a protest that is further making them seem racist for actually disagreeing that killing African/African Americans without justifiable reasoning is a bad thing that police should be held accountable for. If a black person were to kill a police officer in self defense they would go to jail for life, if a police officer kills a black person who isn’t even armed; at very most they would be stripped of their gun and badge…. that is actually disgusting to me that that is the type of country that we live in. Tarantino wasn’t calling all police murderers, he was shining a light on a very real moral and social issue.

  2. Debra Matthews says:

    waaaaa waaaaa ny city cops are big babies…for decades hollywood has been putting out films and movies that deal with US and world human events…DUH just like rap music it’s a way for “we the people” to get our day in court without paying lawyers out the ass.

  3. Zonk Zonkers says:

    We need to BOYCOTT “Hateful Eight” as it will only genearte money for a lying dispicable hollywood director who wants cops hurt and calls them murderers.

    • John Wilson says:

      Well Tarantino has never said that all cops are murderers. That is a lie. I have not seen one of Tarantino’s movies in a theater. I’ve seen probably all of them though and he is a brilliant director. I will go to see this movie in the theater not to show support for his movement but to show that liars like you and others that their lies spread misinformation and give the wrong impression. Congrats you just made Tarantino some money with the lie you told.

  4. Joe Dangelo says:

    The future belongs to the people of color. Its not enough of you old “White people” to successfully boycott Quentin’s movie. So suck it up.

  5. JohnnyEast says:

    Lame cops with limp minds. A lame nation with horrible standards. 1000+ US citizens killed by cops in one year. An untrained murderer in uniform is still a murderer. I say it’s the parents fault.

  6. Donna Rossa says:

    I have 14 teenage to grown grandchildren. No movies associated with Mr. Tarantino will be seen at the movies, rented, or watched in a oay per view. It is because of hateful and dangerous speech like this the violence against police has escalated. What if one of his peers in the movie industry targeted someone and the citizens blamed the entire money industry?

  7. Todd says:

    According to the BJA, police make over 60,000,000 contacts with the public (16 y/o and older) every year… 60 Million. How man lives were saved, changed or helped? Terantino got his start produced hard-core porn in which women were gang-raped! To hell with him and Jamie Foxx.

  8. If I were part of the police association, I would issue a public announcement for all of Hollywood. If you don’t like the police, I suggest that you make certain you have a good security system for your home. We won’t be available.

  9. Jason Williams says:

    One of the filmmakers in Hollywood who makes extremely gratuitous, violent films speaks out against police violence? Wow. This is the same group of people who constantly say they are pro-women but objectify women in every movie they make and are against gun violence but put guns in the hands of the hero in every movie they make. Typical Hollywood hypocrisy.

  10. I’ll probably buy a movie ticket a few times,take all my family and friends to.
    Now, Tarantino..invite youre celeb friends to join in and support against police brutality.
    The color Blue is the problem!

    • And how do you feel about the murder of the INNOCENT police officer who was standing outside a business, or the one who was shot down while just sitting in her car? I suppose you feel those particular murders were justified? Someday, you just might find yourself needing protection. Call Tarantino.

  11. P L Hergett says:

    I support Tarantino…too many bad cops are still out there killing, brutalizing and abusing under the color of office without being held accountable. looks like he struck a nerve….why the need for a boycott if they have nothing to [contine] to hide?

  12. Bill Bower says:

    Yep, all us dumb people won’t be going to his movie

  13. chedched says:

    Pretty sure he didn’t mean that all cops were murderers – just the cops that have murdered. Why are people so fucking stupid?

    • John Wilson says:

      Many conservatives are stupid. Studies have shown that conservatives on average have lower IQs than liberals. So it’s really not their fault, they can’t help themselves. They lack the intellect and logic to realize that Tarantino was not talking about all cops.

  14. Andy says:

    dude he called the cops that murdered people murderers not all cops. Just another person taken out of context haha what a joke. if any theater boycotted tarintinos work i and millions of others would never go to that theater again. Its time for the people to start boycotting them!

  15. Include the theater owners that show Tarantino’s “work.” Boycott. Publish locations. Picket.

    • JJ says:

      Absolutely. This Hollywood muck-a-muck’s need to be held accountable like anyone else for their stupid statements and actions. Calling cops “murderers” is just dead wrong.

  16. A former fan, I encourage all those concerned about the safety of their communities to support the police, to stop promoting thugs as martyrs, and to let Quentin Tarantino start doing all his own security.

  17. Ron Paulyes says:

    Harvey Weinstein just lost a lot of money thanks to quentin. no way quentin will ever be able to successfully walk back his “murder” comments. hw is SCREWED!!!!!!!!!!

  18. The Best Feet says:

    Anyone offended by his comments is ridiculously dumb.

  19. Mick says:

    The police union boycott may likely have an opposite effect. Tarantino is getting free publicity with all this boycott chatter. Police unions really need to brush this one off and be bigger and better people and just move on with life. Tarantino is one of the greatest directors all time, and 99.9% of police officers are great people that do a womderful job. So can we please just drop it?

  20. John says:

    These Psychopaths should take a close look at their own behavior. They have been free to victimize the public for decades without consequence. People are fed up and the police are scared. There’s nothing police fear more than being held accountable for their actions.

  21. Neking says:

    Joining Hateful Eight boycott and all Tarantino films. Hypocritical exploiter of violence in film

  22. bbelemjian says:

    Quentin Tarantino has recently allied himself with the #BlackLivesMatter movement and this has multiple police departments outraged. They have stated that they plan on boycotting his upcoming film “The Hateful Eight,” which releases in December. “We ask officers to stop working special assignments or off-duty jobs, such as providing security, traffic control or technical advice for any of Tarantino’s projects,” a statement on NAPO’s website said.” We need to send a loud and clear message that such hateful rhetoric against police officers is unacceptable.

    When I first read the headline, I thought the police were overreacting and just trying to make a point. However, this is what Tarantino stated, “This is not being dealt with in any way at all,” Tarantino said. “That’s why we are out here. If it was being dealt with, then these murdering cops would be in jail or at least be facing charges. When I see murders, I do not stand by. I have to call a murder a murder, and I have to call the murderers the murderers.” Tarantino has never been known to be soft spoken and his recent behavior has proven that. These recent events have been a prime example of how an artist’s words can be legal, yet detrimental.

  23. Joe says:

    I have seen every Tarantino movie. I’m a big fan, and he and Woody Allen are the only filmmakers whose work I always go see. Now I think what he did was deplorable, and I am joining the boycott. I was looking forward to his next film Crazy Eights, but now I won’t go see it.

  24. Greggan says:

    The National Association of Police Organizations is taking a “you’re either with us, or you’re against us” political stance, without any consideration of the specific reason for Tarantino’s support of the protest. That’s should send a chill down the spine of every American.

  25. Silas says:

    He literally said that police who murder are murderers. Why is this controversial?

  26. Cam says:

    I am joining the boycott as well. I will see NONE of his films in any venues.

  27. Ted Faraone says:

    This is silly. Quentin’s rhetoric was over the top. The police unions’ reaction is over the top. The movie is fiction. Quentin should have made that clear in his remarks rather than do what smells like a cheesy play for publicity. Failing that he should have shut up. There is no upside in using the current tension between police and some communities to boost the box office.

  28. Jimminy Jones says:

    What a bunch of clowns.

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