Quentin Tarantino, the Hollywood director who’s been facing considerable fire for his comments about cops being murderers, took to MSNBC airwaves to clarify comments and to add: police brutality is an issue of “white supremacy,” he said.
Specifically, he said police brutality is “ultimately what I feel is a problem of white supremacy in this country,” during an interview on “All In with Chris Hayes” on the cable outlet, reported by Breitbart.
He also said his protest at the recent rally that sparked all the backlash, as previously reported by WND, was about “dealing with unarmed people, mostly black and brown, who have been shot and killed, or beaten or strangled by the police” and that he was “referring to Eric Graner … Sam DuBose … Tamir Rice.”
He went on, Breitbart said: “In those cases in particular that we’re talking about, I actually do believe that they were murdered. Now in the case of Walter Scott, who was the man running in the park and was shot in the back and the case of Sam DuBose, I believe those were murder and they were deemed murder … because the incidences were caught on video. However if they had not been caught on video, they, the murderers, would have gotten away with their murder.”
Tarantino then said he was surprised by the controversy his statements have generated.
“I was under the impression I was an American and that I had First Amendment rights, and there was no problem with me going to an anti-police brutality protest and speaking my mind, and just because I was at an anti-police brutality protest doesn’t mean I’m anti-police,” he said. “And basically there was a lot of people at that rally and we were all crying for … a lot of things, but there was one thing in particularly which was, stop shooting unarmed people. We want justice, but stop shooting unarmed people, but they don’t want to deal with that. They would rather start arguments with celebrities than examine the concerns put before them by a citizenry that has lost trust in them.”
He also said, in response to a critical speech from Rep. Ted Poe from the House floor, his critics are simply “being inflammatory” and “slandering me,” Breitbart reported.
“I’m not a cop hater,” Tarantino said. “It’s much easier to feign outrage and start arguments with celebrities than it is to deal with the fact … the citizenry has lost trust in them. … [T]hey want to shut me up and they want to make sure that no other people like me, prominent citizens, will stand up for that side.”
Police and their families, as WND has reported, are planning to boycott Tarantino’s newest film, due for release on Christmas Day.