Under Hail of Criticism: Quentin Tarantino’s World of Fantasy

Quentin Tarantino in 2014

Director Quentin Tarantino has hit back at criticism he received from police after attending a rally against police brutality in October.

Tarantino spoke at a rally in New York on October 24 against incidents of alleged brute forces used by officers in the US during recent times. Tarantino was quoted as telling the protesters: “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.”

Tony Tarantino, estranged father to the Academy Award winning director, told host Sean Hannity that his son “didn’t look at both sides of the story.”

“It’s not him I’m criticizing,” Tony Tarantino said, “it’s his actions and the things he had to say on the spur of the moment without really taking the time to think about what he’s doing.”

Now Tarantino has defended himself after numerous police unions called for a boycott of his movies. He told the Los Angeles Times that his views had been “misrepresented”, adding that “all cops are not murderers”, before claiming that his opponents were attempting to “shut me down” and “intimidate”.

The National Association of Police Organizations previously released a statement, saying: “As a high profile figure, Tarantino’s language is utterly irresponsible, particularly at a time when the nation is seeing increasing and persistent calls for the killing of officers”.

“Anti-police rhetoric like Tarantino’s threatens the safety of police and citizens alike. The police he is calling murderers are the same officers who were present along the protest route to ensure the safety of protesters, who provide security when he is filming and who put their lives on the line to protect our communities day in and day out.”

Los Angeles police chief Charlie Beck, meanwhile, said that Tarantino “doesn’t understand the nature of the violence” police officers face in their work.

“Tarantino lives in a fantasy world. That’s how he makes his living,” said Beck. “His movies are extremely violent but he doesn’t understand violence… unfortunately he mistakes lawful use of force for murder, and it’s not.”

Source: NME.

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