The Tarantino Travesty

by Diane Dimond on November 2, 2015

Tarantino Declares Cops Are "Murderers"

Tarantino Declares Cops Are “Murderers”

Note to Quentin Tarantino:  Shut up.

I don’t ask my house painter to do my taxes. I don’t want my dentist involved in redesigning my bathroom and I certainly don’t ask my car mechanic to run my website. Everyone has their strengths in life, Mr. Tarantino, and while you may be a successful director of violent Hollywood films you are, by no means, an expert on our nation’s police force.

As I recall, your 1992 film, “Reservoir Dogs,” featured a terrifying scene in which a cop is tortured so we already know where you stand. A little research digs up information showing that you’ve been arrested for shoplifting, done jail time after ignoring $7,000 worth of parking tickets and, more recently, sued for assaulting a Hollywood producer. So, really, spare us your pontificating about the state of law and order in America.

For readers who may have missed Tarantino’s latest act let me re-cap.

NYPD's 4th Officer Shot in Less Than a Year

NYPD’s 4th Officer Shot in Less Than a Year

Tarantino traveled to New York to appear at an anti-cop rally. Standing behind a podium draped with a banner that read, “Rise Up! Stop Police Terror!” he declared to the already agitated crowd that cops are “murderers.”

“When I see murders, I do not stand by,” he roared. “I have to call the murderers the murderers!”

Tarantino also chose to repeat incorrect facts about the 2014 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the episode that galvanized the “Black Lives Matter” movement. He  told the rapt crowd Brown had, “tried to run away” from police officer Darren Wilson when, in fact, the most reliable grand jury witnesses testified that young Brown was “charging” the officer when he was shot. Furthermore, there was no credible evidence that the teen ever threw up his arms and cried, ‘Don’t shoot.” Those conclusions were not disputed by the U.S. Justice Department which refused to charge the officer.

Facts be damned if you’re writing a Hollywood script but this is serious, real life and death business.

Tarantino’s rabble-rousing display against law enforcement came as New York City was in mourning for police officer Randolph Holder, 33, shot in the head just three days earlier. Holder, a third generation officer, had responded to a report of shots fired and was killed as he pursed the suspect, a career criminal with 28 arrests on his rap sheet.

Holder was the fourth NYPD officer killed in the last 11 months. These officers were murdered in cold blood while working to keep the rest of us safe.

As they say in Hollywood, timing is everything and Tarantino’s timing couldn’t have been worse.

NYPD Bratton Condemns Tarantino's Antics

NYPD Bratton Condemns Tarantino’s Antics

“Shame on him,” NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton told a local radio show. “There are no words to describe the contempt I have for him and his comments at this particular time.”

Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association is among those now promising to boycott all Tarantino films.

“It’s no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too,” Lynch said. Cops across the country are joining the Tarantino boycott.

To be clear, I’m not one of those who thinks celebrities should just, “Shut up and sing,” or act or dance or whatever it is they do. All of us have the right to express an opinion on, say, who they support for president. That’s citizenship in action.

It is wonderful when singer Bono pushes for AIDS assistance for Africa or actor George Clooney campaigns to raise awareness about the crisis in Darfur. When Angelina Jolie throws her star power behind causes like helping refugees and wiping out global poverty it’s terrific.

Celebrity for a Good Cause

Celebrity Used For a Good Cause

But what Tarantino did wasn’t anywhere near altruistic. It was deliberately inflammatory and delivered to a crowd looking for a reason to declare war on all law enforcement. In my book Tarantino very nearly opened himself up to a charge of inciting a crowd to violence.

The bottom line: Next time Tarantino finds himself in need of a police officer – after a burglary at his home, a car accident or even crowd control at one of his fancy film premieres – he may not be greeted by officers who necessarily feel the need to protect and serve him.

Now, that would be an interesting plot twist.

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Nancy Robel November 2, 2015 at 10:04 am

Thank you, Diane, for another relevant article. People that incite violence, freedom of speech or not and depending on what transpires, should be legally and financially held responsible. I hope his Hollywood friends turn a cold shoulder. He’s been living too long in his own makeshift, egocentric, self serving world to understand what the REAL world is all about. And thank you for backing up the sworn officers that do a terrific job keeping us safe, everyday.

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Diane Dimond November 2, 2015 at 12:27 pm

Facebook Friend David Marks writes:

“Terrific piece, Diane, and good for you for saying it!”

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Diane Dimond November 2, 2015 at 12:27 pm

Facebook Friend Jonathan Lovitt writes:

“Screw him. Trying to create street cred he lacks, on the backs of hard-working cops. Sick. No more Tarantino.”

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Diane Dimond November 2, 2015 at 12:29 pm

Facebook Friend Peter Bishop writes:

“Great piece Diane.
If we put a microphone in front of a dog it will bark. If we don’t like the fact that it barked is it the dog’s fault for barking? Do we have unrealistic expectations? Were we expecting a Shakespeare sonnet?

We put “entertainment industry” people on pedestals and expect that just because someone sings a popular song or makes a good movie then their voice carries authority in other areas.

The truth is that Tarantino’s opinions on this matter are only given weight by the fact that we ascribe weight to them. We, as a society, attribute value to the opinions of Kanye West, Ted Nugent, et al. Who are the idiots here… us or them?”

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Diane Dimond November 2, 2015 at 12:31 pm

Facebook Friend Jerry Palace writes:

“Diane, thank you from a retired Nypd detective.”

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Diane Dimond November 2, 2015 at 12:31 pm

Facebook Friend Kurt G. Kaner writes:

” Good piece. An honest and accurate description of the events. So, prepare for attacks. It didn’t fit the national narrative. Cops are the cause of ALL social ills.”

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Diane Dimond November 2, 2015 at 12:32 pm

Facebook Friend Les Coleman writes:

“I taught many of you, NYPD, FDLE, DEA, U. S. Marshal Serv, Lots of local cop shops…salt of the earth. Keep your houses in order, let the true blue shine through.”

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Diane Dimond November 2, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Facebook Friend Fredric Alan Maxwell writes:

“With all due respect, some cops are murderers, with immunity. And commercial fisherman have a fatality rate over 10 times that of cops. As the former preacher Casy wonders in The Grapes of Wrath, do police cause more problems that they solve?”

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Diane Dimond November 2, 2015 at 12:33 pm

One question for you, Fredric.
When there is someone trying to break into your house, carjack your loved one or robs you while you walk down the street – who will you call for help?
Bad apples in the PD bunch? Of course, that’s human nature – but 99.9% are not murderers with immunity. ~ DD

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Diane Dimond November 2, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Facebook Friend Kyla Thompson writes:

“I live in ABQ NM where cop shooting is a sport. I can’t imagine this country without police. However, we have some really bad cops here. I just won’t generalize that all are bad, or that all are good. It’s the same with any profession. but incitement against police is dangerous. The lack of respect for authority in general has eroded in this country to the point of a serious loss of civility.”

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Diane Dimond November 2, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Facebook Friend Ed VO writes:

“Sorry, even celebrities are entitled to an opinion and a vote. You seem more upset that he has a larger megaphone but don’t seem to complain about billionaires monopolizing public discourse and buying votes.

I became a law enforcement officer in the late 60s to combat the very thing we have today in law enforcement. We had made great progress until the 80s and the advent of The War On Drugs. It has destroyed much of this country.”

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Diane Dimond November 2, 2015 at 12:38 pm

As I wrote in the column, Ed,
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I’m not one of those who thinks celebrities should just, “Shut up and sing,” or act or dance or whatever it is they do. All of us have the right to express an opinion on, say, who they support for president. That’s citizenship in action. ”
~ DD

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Diane Dimond November 2, 2015 at 12:40 pm

Facebook Friend Bill van Wyngaarden writes:

“”Taran”, Honoi Jane, and Heinzman John K are all on my absolute never watch or read about list much less giving them the honor of having a real name when I refer to them.”

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Diane Dimond November 2, 2015 at 12:40 pm

Facebook Friend Andrea Saint James writes:

“I do not like him or his violent films. What an idiot. Thanks for expressing your thoughts. I’m with you.”

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Diane Dimond November 2, 2015 at 12:41 pm

Facebook Friend Jonathan Lovitt writes:

“Three weeks ago Tarantino got into a highly publicized row with black critics who said he lacked credibility to write and direct sensitive topics like his subtle delicate Django Unchained.
Tarantino criticized the film Selma and then backtracked after more heat.
http://variety.com/…/quentin-tarantino-race-black…/
This latest stunt is an attempt to gain black street cred. Obvious, cynical, misguided.

Quentin Tarantino Tells ‘Black Critics’ His Race Doesn’t Matter, Disses ‘Selma’
VARIETY.COM|BY JACOB BRYANT”

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Diane Dimond November 2, 2015 at 12:42 pm

Twitter Pal Laylaisalive writes:

” @DiDimond My sentiments exactly. He lost me as a fan.”

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Diane Dimond November 2, 2015 at 1:15 pm

Facebook Friend Paule Deneau writes:

“Tarantino’s words: “I’m a human being with a conscience…And if you believe there is murder going on then you need to rise up and stand against it. I’m here to say I’m on the side of the murdered” This does not say all policemen are murderers by any means.
And in the wake of Trayvon Martin/not a police incident) Freddy Grey, the 12 yr old ‘weird’ kid with the toy gun, the man who flashed his lights at a police car recently and was shot, you do wonder about transparency and accountability, not to mention the high rate of minority incarceration. Tarantino makes badass films of the ugly underside, as did Peckinpah and there is a whole tradition of film noir, gangster genres etc. in America. To my knowledge, no one is ever forced to view these films.”

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Danno Hanks November 2, 2015 at 8:51 pm

Diane: My comment is not really about the story, as I agree about everything you said about Quentin Tarantino. What My comment is about, is the use of the word “podium”, when what you were referring to is a “lectern”. During the recent Presidential debates, I heard newscasters & debate moderators make the same mistake. Since our children pretty much learn everything from television and the internet, I feel that it is incumbent on the members of the media to at the very least, use the correct terminology. But, keep up the good work my friend.

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Diane Dimond November 2, 2015 at 9:42 pm

Mea culpa! I think I will never again mistake a lectern and a podium! Thanks, Mr. Hanks!

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Diane Dimond November 4, 2015 at 11:13 pm

Facebook Friend Stephen Doran writes:

“Goddamn Artist’s! Through history … thru the arc of history…They annoy.. They piss is off… They challenge us… They make us think. in other words… I judge him on his art….. and his story telling ability… not his politics…. to do otherwise is to be… LAZY… (I still love you Di)”

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Diane Dimond November 4, 2015 at 11:13 pm

Facebook Friend Doug Levy writes:

“I’m with you on this one. Even if his opinion was borne out in the facts, the timing was despicable. Yes, there have been some horrible, seemingly criminal fatal shootings by some police, and we must stop those. But that’s different from attacking the majority of cops who are as disgusted as we are when we see bad cops and the damage they cause.”

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Diane Dimond November 4, 2015 at 11:14 pm

Twitter Pal Bigdawgflies writes:

” @DiDimond @Guardian_Elite What a knot head. Needs to move his sorry no good self to Iran.”

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Diane Dimond November 4, 2015 at 11:15 pm

Twitter Pal Chrisahull writes:

” @DiDimond “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt”. -Abraham Lincoln. Advice for ole Quentin!!”

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Diane Dimond November 5, 2015 at 10:13 am

Facebook Friend Keith Hoffman writes:

“He has the freedom to spew his “hate the police” pablum. And I have the freedom to BOYCOTT ALL HIS FILMS. Don’t like what he says, don’t watch his movies…no one sees his movies, he doesn’t make money. Best way to punish a smug little asshat like this is to vote with your feet and hurt him in the pocketbook.”

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Diane Dimond November 5, 2015 at 10:14 am

Facebook Friend Ronald Jeffries Tallman writes:

” Ah..sometimes they have to kill. A few have been charged with murder. Perceptions and portrayals have people looking the wrong way.”

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Diane Dimond November 5, 2015 at 10:15 am

Facebook Friend Marilyn Kaplan writes:

“Let him call for help & nobody answers // Don’t go to this pos movies.”

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