The appearance will mark the “Hateful Eight” director’s first on-camera appearance since he sparked controversy with comments at a rally against police brutality in New York, leading police unions across the country to call for a boycott of his films.
“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 at the rally on Oct. 24.
On Tuesday, Tarantino broke his silence with an interview in the L.A. Times. “All cops are not murderers,” he said. “I never said that. I never even implied that.”
“What they’re doing is pretty obvious. Instead of dealing with the incidents of police brutality that those people were bringing up, instead of examining the problem of police brutality in this country, better they single me out. And their message is very clear. It’s to shut me down. It’s to discredit me. It is to intimidate me. It is to shut my mouth, and even more important than that, it is to send a message out to any other prominent person that might feel the need to join that side of the argument.”
Tarantino refused to apologize for his comments at the rally, however. “I’m not taking back what I said,” he said. “What I said was the truth. I’m used to people misrepresenting me; I’m used to being misunderstood.”
Given the Oscar winner’s response, the National Association of Police Organizations exclusively told TheWrap that they would maintain their boycott.
“He makes his living as a master craftsman of scene and setting, for him to claim now that he wasn’t perfectly aware that his message was precisely ‘cops are murderers’ is ludicrous,” NAPO executive director Bill Johnson told TheWrap.
Tarantino’s interview on “All In With Chris Hayes” will air Wednesday on MSNBC at 8 p.m. ET.