Outrageous Tarantino Won't Apologize for Anti-Cop Comments: 'I'm Not Being Intimidated'
Quentin Tarantino has finally responded to the firestorm that’s been brewing since he criticized police officers at a rally last weekend, and he says he won't be "intimidated.”
“All cops are not murderers,” Tarantino told The Los Angeles Times on Tuesday. “I never said that. I never even implied that.”
The award-winning director was disputing what he called “a misrepresentation” of his speech at a New York City protest last Saturday, in which he said, “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,” he had then said to the crowd.
Now, he says, "What they’re doing is pretty obvious.”
"Instead of examining the problem of police brutality in this country, better they single me out,” he told the Times. “And their message is very clear. It’s to shut me down. It’s to discredit me.”
Police unions across the country have been publicly condemning Tarantino’s comments and vowing to boycott his new film, “The Hateful Eight.”
“I'm not being intimidated,” he said Tuesday. "Frankly, it feels lousy to have a bunch of police mouthpieces call me a cop hater. I'm not a cop hater. That is a misrepresentation. That is slanderous. That is not how I feel."
"I'm not taking back what I said. What I said was the truth. I'm used to people misrepresenting me; I'm used to being misunderstood. What I'd like to think, their attack against me is so vicious that they're revealing themselves. They're hiding in plain sight."
How will police officers react? Watch NYPD Sgt. Ed Mullins sound off on Tarantino’s latest remarks on "The Kelly File" tonight at 9p ET.