New York Daily News

October 28, 2015, 5:36 PM

  

 

Philadelphia police union joins New York, LA calls to boycott Quentin Tarantino's films after 'Hateful Eight' director's anti-cop remarks

BY ETHAN SACKS

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Quentin Tarantino addresses the crowd at an anti-police brutality protest in Washington Square Park on Saturday.

A pair of major police unions on opposite sides of the country is joining New York's Patrolmen's Benevolent Association to write off film director Quentin Tarantino as an inglorious bastard.

Philadelphia's Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5, which represents 14,000 cops in the city, called on its members Wednesday to join the boycott against Tarantino's films after the filmmaker's incendiary comments in front of hundreds of anti-police brutality demonstrators at Washington Square Park.

That came one day after Los Angeles' Police Protective League made a similar denouncement in solidarity with the PBA.

"I'm a human being with a conscience," Tarantino said at Saturday's protest,according to the Associated Press. "And if you believe there's murder going on then you need to rise up and stand up against it. I'm here to say I'm on the side of the murdered."

That extreme wording from a filmmaker with two Academy Awards for screenwriting got a thumbs down from New York's top cop - especially since the protest took place just days after NYPD Officer Randolph Holder was gunned down in the line of duty.

"Shame on him, particularly at this time, where we're grieving the murder of a New York City police officer," Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said of Tarantino Monday during an interview with John Gambling on WNYM-970 AM.

"Basically, there are no words to describe the contempt I have for him and his comments."

Just how much the proposed boycotts will sting Tarantino at the box office won't be evident until his next movie, "The Hateful Eight," hits theaters on Christmas Day.

But in the meantime, the negative reviews continue to mount.

"Tarantino has shown through his actions that he is anti-police," Philadelphia police union head John McNesby said in a statement.

"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."

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