Weinstein Company co-founder Harvey Weinstein might wish that Quentin Tarantino would apologize for taking part in a police brutality protest, but Tarantino has been steadfast. In his first comments about the situation, he tells the LA Times that he is “not being intimidated” and that he’s “not taking back” what he said.
He will, however, clarify that some of the things he’s being accused of saying never really happened. “All cops are not murderers,” Tarantino explains. “I never said that.”
“I’m not a cop hater. That is a misrepresentation. That is slanderous,” he says, but admits it’s “their choice” to spread those messages.
“What I’d like to think their attack against me is so vicious that they’re revealing themselves,” Tarantino continues. But he hopes that the police boycott of his upcoming film “The Hateful Eight” illuminates the lack of accountability he sees for the substance of the arguments he and other protesters were making.
He also seems unconcerned about the potential box office performance of “Hateful Eight,” even though Los Angeles police Lt. Craig Lally tells the Times that “there’s an underground of people who are very pro-police” who will stand in support with the boycott.
And Tarantino acknowledges that he might be one of the only public figures to speak out for this cause, and calls the boycott “a message out to any other prominent person that might feel the need to join that side of the argument.” But Tarantino isn’t bothered since, as he says, “I’m used to being misunderstood.”
“The Hateful Eight” will open on Christmas Day 2015.