The New Jersey State Policeman’s Benevolent Association has become the latest police organization to call for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s films, following the director’s participation in an anti-police brutality march in New York last weekend.
“It is hard not to see the anti-police rhetoric that has been stirred up in the nation over the past year,” New Jersey State Policeman’s Benevolent Association president Patrick Colligan said in a statement. “We don’t know if this irresponsible speech led directly to the recent murder of officers around the nation, but Mr. 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.”
Last weekend, Tarantino marched with protesters in New York. “I’m a human being with a conscience,” Tarantino said. “And 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.”
The event, organized by a group called #RiseUpOctober, was held just days after New York City Police Department officer Randolph Holder was murdered in New York.
“Quentin Tarantino needs to understand that as a public figure his voice is one that people listen to,” Colligan’s statement continued. “He has an obligation to be more responsible. This is not a movie, this is real life where police officers lives are impacted by his words.”
The New Jersey State Policeman’s Benevolent Association joins police groups in New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia in protesting Tarantino. Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association of the City of New York, started the boycott and called Tarantino a “cop-hater.”
“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,” Lynch said in a statement. “New Yorkers need to send a message to this purveyor of degeneracy that he has no business coming to our city to peddle his slanderous Cop Fiction. It’s time for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s films.”
Tarantino’s next film, The Hateful Eight, arrives on Christmas Day.