The police boycott of Quentin Tarantino‘s “The Hateful Eight” has received the endorsement of the National Association of Police Organizations — a group representing 1,000 police units and associations and over 241,000 sworn law enforcement officers.
Not only does the organization support the protesting unions, including cops in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, New Jersey, Chicago and Philadelphia — they are discouraging police officers from engaging in promotional efforts and any future productions that routinely need their assistance.
“We ask officers to stop working special assignments or off-duty jobs, such as providing security, traffic control or technical advice for any of Tarantino’s projects,” a statement on NAPO’s website said.
It’s a common practice that “off duty” officers provide security and traffic assistance during high-profile events like movie premieres and for the duration of productions.
Reps for the director and his “Hateful Eight” distributor, The Weinstein Company, did not return TheWrap’s request for comment.
These escalating protests sparked after Tarantino attended a police brutality rally in Manhattan last weekend, in which he called cops “murderers.” Having spent the past week in “watchful waiting,” as one expert described it, Tarantino’s cop drama seems to be reaching critical mass.
Read the full statement:
Just days after NYPD Officer Randolph Holder was killed in the line of duty, film director Quentin Tarantino bluntly referred to police as “murderers” during an anti-police rally in New York City this past weekend. 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 are 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.
The National Association of Police Organizations staunchly supports the call of the New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association and the Los Angeles Police Protective League to boycott Tarantino’s films. Furthermore, we ask officers to stop working special assignments or off-duty jobs, such as providing security, traffic control or technical advice for any of Tarantino’s projects. We need to send a loud and clear message that such hateful rhetoric against police officers is unacceptable!