Jamie Foxx gave a public show of support to his Django Unchained director Quentin Tarantino at Sunday’s Hollywood Film Awards, as police groups around the country are calling for a boycott of his films.
The crowd at the Beverly Hilton Hotel reportedly applauded following Foxx’s comments. Tarantino was not present at the awards show, and the Hateful Eight cast did not make any other comments about the controversy during their time on stage.
Police groups in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, and New Jersey have called for a boycott of Tarantino’s movies after comments the filmmaker made at an anti-police protest on Oct. 24. During the event, Tarantino called himself “a human being with a conscience” and added, “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 National Association of Police Organizations has also asked officers to stop working off-duty jobs — such as providing security, traffic control, or technical expertise — for any Tarantino projects.
“We need to send a loud and clear message that such hateful rhetoric against police officers is unacceptable,” the NAPO said in a statement Friday.
Tarantino’s father also criticized his son’s statements about police.
“I love my son and have great respect for him as an artist but he is dead wrong in calling police officers, particularly in New York City where I grew up, murderers,” Tony Tarantino said in a statement released Friday by New York City’s Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, one of the groups calling for the boycott. “He is a passionate man and that comes out in his art but sometimes he lets his passion blind him to the facts and to reality.”
Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight opens in theaters on Christmas Day.