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Quentin Tarantino to address police boycotts live on MSNBC

‘It’s striking to me that he feels strongly enough about the underlying issue that he wants to discuss it on live TV,’ Chris Hayes tells EW

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Quentin Tarantino is set to appear on MSNBC’s All in With Chris Hayes Wednesday to discuss the backlash he’s received after speaking at a rally against police brutality in late October.

Tarantino joined protesters in New York City Oct. 24 for the rally, where he spoke about the need to “rise up.” “I’m a human being with a conscience,” he said, according to the Associated Press. “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.”

New York City’s police union responded by calling for a boycott of Tarantino’s films, which includes the upcoming The Hateful Eightand many other police unions — including Chicago’s and Los Angeles’ — followed suit.

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“We need to send a loud and clear message that such hateful rhetoric against police officers is unacceptable,” the National Association of Police Organizations, who also called for a boycott, said in a statement.

Tarantino first responded to the calls for boycotts on Tuesday in an interview with the Los Angeles Times“Frankly, it feels lousy to have a bunch of police mouthpieces call me a cop hater,” he said. “I’m not a cop hater. That is a misrepresentation … But, you know, that’s their choice to do that to me … I’m not taking back what I said. What I said was the truth.”

He’s expected to further discuss the matter on MSNBC with Chris Hayes, who is “very much looking forward to hearing what Tarantino has to say,” he tells EW. “So often when celebrities or artists end up in the crossfire of controversy, they either stop talking or quickly apologize and move on. It’s striking to me that he feels strongly enough about the underlying issue that he wants to discuss it on live TV.”

Watch the interview when it airs on MSNBC Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.