Normally if I heard about Quentin Tarantino being on the streets of New York City and there were discussions of cops and shootings and violence I would simply assume he was working on his next film. This week, however, he was out there under just such conditions but the cameras belonged to the local news media and the script was written by the Black Lives Matter movement. Tarantino himself wasn’t being shy in the least and readily adopted the rhetoric of the worst aspects of these protesters, railing on about “murdering cops” as he promoted yet another hashtag… #RiseUpOctober (Yahoo News)
Oscar-winning director Quentin Tarantino was among hundreds of people from across the United States who marched in New York on Saturday against perceived police brutality.
Campaigners say that police unfairly profile black and Latino men, and criticize what they see as the militarization of law enforcement forces in the US.
“This is not being dealt with in anyway at all. That’s why we are out here. If it was being dealt with, then these murdering cops would be in jail or at least be facing charges,” said Tarantino, whose hit films include “Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction.”
It’s a shame to see somebody who has produced so many amazing movies falling into the trap of trying to transfer his fame into political activism on the wrong side of the debate. It’s also somewhat ironic, considering that Tarantino has buttered his bread spinning tales about precisely the sort of crime that police have to deal with in the real world on a daily basis. In fact, Tarantino has a long history of defending violence in his movies while claiming that nobody is really responsible when it happens in the real world. And he has long held that the violence of criminals, such as depicted in his films, is one of the worst aspects of America.
“Violence is just one of many things you can do in movies,” he said. “People ask me, ‘Where does all this violence come from in your movies?’ I say, ‘Where does all this dancing come from in Stanley Donen movies?’ If you ask me how I feel about violence in real life, well, I have a lot of feelings about it. It’s one of the worst aspects of America. In movies, violence is cool. I like it.”
Quentin should check in on what some of his new friends are doing around the rest of the nation and how that’s going to impact his message. Oddly enough, the St. Paul – Minneapolis area has managed to become the focal point of the BLM movement this year rather than New York or St. Lois. And out there the protesters have taken to fighting against the classification of the murder of police as a hate crime. I’m not one who supports the idea of laws against so called “hate crimes” in America, but if you must have them then I think an attack on a uniform which represents the barrier between order and mayhem is about as hateful as it gets.
Tarantino might also want to consider how quickly the nation is growing sick of the violent actions and rhetoric of the movement, particularly since they’ve been alienating most of their natural allies of late. Out in Los Angeles, BLM protesters have been shutting down city council meetings and even chased the Mayor out of his own house through the back gate. And we’re talking about a mayor who is about as sympathetic toward the Social Justice Warriors as any elected official in the nation. This led the Democrat coalition to briefly consider changing their rules for attendance at council meetings just so they could get some work done.
Every new video showing the chants of “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon” is separating the BLM crowd from the mainstream of society. If Tarantino envisions a future where he’s still earning a living in his original chosen field he may want to pick his friends more wisely.