While police organizations around the country continue to call for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, the director has received support from documentarian and professional rabble-rouser Michael Moore. In an Instagram post, Moore called Tarantino “a brave and good American, standing with families who’ve lost loved ones to police violence.”
After urging his fellow filmmaker to stay strong, Moore wrote that the police organizations leading the boycott are “just frightened and in shock that a well-known and respected white guy would dare speak out.”
“I think millions of us not only stand with Tarantino,” Moore wrote. “We’re going to make sure we go see his next movie!”
Tarantino was harshly criticized by police unions around the country after participating in a march and protest against police brutality last month. “I’m a human being with a conscious. And when I see murder I cannot stand by. And I have to call the murdered the murdered and I have to call the murderers the murderers,” Tarantino said at the event, which occurred four days after New York City Police Department officer Randolph Holder was shot in the line of duty. (Tarantino later called that timing “very unfortunate.”)
“It’s no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too,” New York Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president Patrick J. Lynch said in a statement last month. “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. It’s time for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s films.”
This week, Tarantino broke his silence on the boycott, and later told MSNBC host Chris Hayes that statements from Lynch and other police organizations were slanderous.
“That’s their way. They’re being inflammatory, they’re slandering me,” Tarantino said. “I’m not a cop-hater, but that’s the way the attack me is calling me a cop-hater. … It’s much easier to feign outrage and start arguments with celebrities than to deal with the fact that the citizenry has lost trust in them.”
Moore’s new documentary, Where to Invade Next, opens in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 23 — two days before Hateful Eight arrives in limited release. Should be another quiet, peaceful, non-controversial Christmas at the movie theater. See Moore’s full post below:
Quentin Tarantino, a brave and good American, standing with families who've lost loved ones to police violence. Now certain police, the same ones who defend the cops who've killed unarmed innocent black citizens, are out to get Tarantino. They've called for a boycott of his movies. Really? I think just the opposite. I think millions of us not only stand with Tarantino, we're going to make sure we go see his next movie! Who's with me? Stay strong Quentin. They're just frightened and in shock that a well-known and respected white guy would dare to speak out.