Quentin Tarantino has made some of the most universally-acclaimed films of the last twenty years, but if you support police as they try to do their jobs with a nation of ungrateful liars criticizing their every move, you might want to skip the next one. Tarantino showed up in New York City last week to participate in an anti-cop rally just four days after an NYPD officer was gunned down by a career criminal.
“When I see murders, I do not stand by. I have to call a murder a murder and I have to call the murderers the murderers,” Tarantino said Saturday at the “Rise Up October” event in Washington Square Park. “I’m a human being with a conscience. 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.”
Tarantino repeated variations on the word “murder” so many times that it started to lose its meaning. Of course, given the circumstances, that may have already happened.
His rant drew cheers from the roughly 300 protesters in attendance, but it drew sharp condemnation from Patrick Lynch, the president of the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association the next day.
“It’s no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too,” Lynch said in a statement. “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 went on to call for New Yorkers to boycott Tarantino’s films in order to “send a message to this purveyor of degeneracy.”
Right, you say, shaking your head. No way I’m skipping The Hateful Eight because of this. Give me something easy to boycott, like Tina Fey films or MSNBC.
But boycotts only matter when they’re a sacrifice. If the only people who stop going to Tarantino’s films are the ones who never went in the first place, what difference does it make? What kind of a message does it send when this idiot can stand out there and call the police murderers with impunity? When you plunk down your hard earned cash to see his movie, you’re giving tacit support to his radical agenda.
The Black Lives Matter movement has been cruising on complete fiction for long enough. This is a group so far out in left field that Democrats barely want anything to do with them. When Cornel West – the man who said Barack Obama has become the “first ni**erized president” – is one of your organizers, your time is up. And it’s time to send a message that we will no longer tolerate the anti-police sentiments putting officers in danger around the country.