By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large
Quentin Tarantino is hearing it loud and clear after taking part in an anti-cop rally held in the wake of the slaying of another NYPD officer. The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, New York City’s police union, is clamoring for a boycott of Tarantino films after the director referred to cops as “murderers” while speaking to a crowd of protestors in a Saturday rally in Washington Square Park.
The director of films like Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Inglourious Basterds later admitted the unfortunate timing of the rally, given the killing last Tuesday of Police Officer Randolph Holder in a shootout in Harlem. He said, however, that the rally had been planned, and that people were already traveling to be there. What’s revealing is that Tarantino sees the timing of the rally as the problem…and not the fact that there was a rally.
Patrick Lynch, the head of the PBA, referring to Tarantino’s choice of projects, said in a statement that “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.” “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.’ ”
We should all send him the same message.