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LAPD's Union Calls For Boycott On Quentin Tarantino Movies

Director Quentin Tarantino attends a protest to denounce police brutality in Manhattan. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
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Director Quentin Tarantino was in New York on Saturday as a part of anti-police brutality rally, and it seems like he lost a few fans in uniform.On Sunday, the head of the NYPD's union called for a boycott of Tarantino's films, saying that he was peddling "slanderous 'Cop Fiction'" as a part of the #RiseUpOctober rally. On Tuesday, president Craig Lally of the LAPD's union, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, echoed his East Coast colleague's call, saying in a statement, "Film director Quentin Tarantino took irresponsibility to a new and completely unacceptable level this past weekend by referring to police as murderers during an anti-police march in New York."

"We fully support this boycott of Quentin Tarantino films," Lally continued. "Hateful rhetoric dehumanizes police and encourages attacks on us."

"I'm a human being with a conscience," Tarantino said at the rally on Saturday. "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."

As of Wednesday morning, no rallies have been scheduled to run bulldozers over piles of Pulp Fiction DVDs or to burn Kill Bill posters, though we'll keep you posted. It'll be a good excuse to finally upgrade to Blu-ray, anyways.

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Tarantino does have a new film coming out this December: the shot-on-70mm Western The Hateful Eight. Presumably it'll take a box office hit as hard as the new Star Wars film will. But hey, all publicity is good publicity right?