Washington Times Friday, January 15, 2016

Police union claims victory as Tarantino’s ‘Hateful Eight’ crashes at box office

By Jessica Chasmar

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch

The police union president who called for a nationwide boycott against Quentin Tarantino for his criticism of police officers said the dismal box office performance of the director’s latest film, “The Hateful Eight,” is a result of law enforcement’s vast economic power.

Mr. Tarantino’s violent Western starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell, released on Christmas Day, has only grossed $42.9 million so far with a production budget of $50 million, the New York Post reported.

A boycott against the film came after the Academy Award-winning director spoke at an anti-police brutality rally in New York City on Oct. 24, just four days after the on-duty killing of NYPD Officer Randolph Holder.

“I’m a human being with a conscience,” Mr. Tarantino said at the time. “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.”

Police Benevolent Association President Patrick J. Lynch was the first to call for a boycott against the director and his films, and the National Association of Police Organizations and local law enforcement groups in New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia soon followed.

“With nearly 1 million law enforcement officers in this country who have families and friends who support them, the impact that police have economically on a product or project is immense,” Mr. Lynch told the Post. “The law enforcement boycott of cop-hater Quentin Tarantino’s movie is one demonstration of that economic power.

“Can we take full credit for the stinker’s failure?” Mr. Lynch added. “Well, one thing we can attest to is that many, many good citizens have told us that they were offended by Tarantino’s ignorant, anti-police remarks and, as a result, have refused to spend their money on this movie.”