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Denver Business Journal Updated Oct 27, 2015, 6:44am MDT

New York cops call for boycott of Tarantino's Colorado-shot movie

BY MARK HARDEN

A New York City police union's boss has called for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino's upcoming movie "The Hateful Eight" — filmed in Colorado — and other Tarantino movies over comments by the filmmaker that the union regards as hateful toward cops.

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association objects to remarks the Hollywood director made at a rally Saturday in New York's Greenwich Village, organized by the group RiseUpOctober to protest police brutality, including a string of recent deaths at the hands of police in various cities.

"When I see murders, I do not stand by," Tarantino reportedly told the crowd. "I have to call a murder a murder and I have to call the murderers the murderers."

The union boss shot back by calling for a boycott of Tarantino's latest film and his previous movies.

"It’s no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too," Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said in a statement quoted by The Hollywood Reporter. "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. … It’s time for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s films."

Lynch added that Tarantino "has no business coming to our city to peddle his slanderous 'Cop Fiction' " -- a reference to the director's movie "Pulp Fiction."

The rally came a few days after New York police officer Randolph Holder was fatally shot while chasing a bicycle thief. A suspect has been charged with murder.

"Shame on him, particularly at this time, where we’re grieving the murder of a New York City police officer," New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said in a radio interview quoted by USA Today. “Basically, there are no words to describe the contempt I have for him and his comments."

Tarantino was quoted as saying that the timing of the rally was "unfortunate, ... but we’ve flown in all these families to go and tell their stories ... That cop that was killed, that’s a tragedy, too."

There was no immediate statement from the filmmaker about the boycott threat.

"The Hateful Eight" is a frontier saga about bounty hunters caught in a blizzard that was shot in the Telluride area and received state production incentives.

Set for wide release Jan. 8 after limited screenings in late December, "The Hateful Eight" stars Channing Tatum, Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bruce Dern.

Prior to the controversy, state officials said they planned to mount a marketing campaign around the movie taking advantage of its depiction of rugged Colorado scenery.