Baltimore’s Police Union Joins Quentin Tarantino Boycott

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Director Quentin Tarantino’s remarks at a recent rally are the latest to draw a statement from Lt. Gene Ryan, president of Baltimore’s police union.

On Oct. 24, Tarantino spoke at a rally against police killings.

“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,” he said, according to the BBC.

The “murderers” part sparked outrage from police unions and pro-police groups, calling for a boycott of his upcoming film, “The Hateful Eight.”

This week, the director told the Los Angeles Times that he was being misrepresented, saying, “All cops are not murderers. I never said that.”

On Thursday, Baltimore’s Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 joined in the call, saying “Shame, shame, shame on him.”

“…We, the people that he so clearly detests, are out on the streets of America every day so that he, and those of his philosophical bent, can march and protest and say things that tear apart the very fiber of our society,” Ryan said.

For his part, it doesn’t sound like Ryan would be seeing the movie, even if there wasn’t a boycott.

“I have never met Quentin Tarantino nor do I have very much interest in any of the movies with which he is associated; however, I have learned more about him in the last 2 weeks than I ever wanted, or intended, to know and none of it is good.” Ryan said at the beginning of the statement.

 

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Technical.ly Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.


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