Quentin Tarantino has lost the support of another major city’s police force as Philadelphia officers join New York and Los Angeles police departments in the boycott of the filmmaker’s movies in light of his comments condemning police brutality.
In an official statement, the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 president John McNesby announced that all 14,000 members of the group will join the boycott. The Board of Directors of Lodge 5 voted unanimously against the works of the director.
“Tarantino has shown through his actions that he is anti-police,” said McNesby. “Mr. Tarantino has made a good living through his films, projecting into society at large violence and respect for criminals; he it turns out also hates cops.”
Tarantino participated in an anti-police brutality rally in New York on Saturday. The filmmaker angered police on both coasts when he told a crowd of protesters at the rally in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park that cops are often “murderers.”
“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,” the “Django Unchained” director said.
The rally came four days after NYPD Officer Randolph Holder was fatally shot in the head while chasing a gunman in East Harlem. When asked about the timing of the rally, Tarantino called it “unfortunate.”
On Tuesday, the LAPD Union joined New York City in its condemnation of Tarantino’s movies.
Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said in an official statement Sunday that “It’s no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too. 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.”