Tarantino to Maher: Police Unions Saying I Hate Cops is 'Slander' (VIDEO)
Filmmaker Quinten Tarantino has gotten into some hot water over comments he made about police abuse that the police don't seem to have actually listened to. The result is a strange controversy where Tarantino keeps reiterating one point (not all cops are murders, but we need to deal with the ones that are), while police unions from across the country keep yelling at him for saying something entirely different (all cops are murderers). The director of Hateful 8 went on Bill Maher's Real Time to clear things up.
"These unions are coming out there.... if they were saying what I said and they had a problem with that, then now we're actually talking about the problem," Tarantino said. "But they're not dealing fairly. They're saying I am a cop hater which is slander, because I didn't say that." Tarantino went on to make a distinction between what he called the "blue wall of silence" that protects police and each individual police officer.
"The fact that they would protect their own, as opposed to put them at the betterment of citizenry. I actually don't think it's an issue of 'good cops' and 'bad cops'. I think it’s inside the institution itself,” Tarantino said after Maher insisted that police departments need to “do a better job of weeding out” the individual personalities that make bad cops.
Several police unions have stepped up their criticism of Tarantino over the past few days, telling The Hollywood Reporter they had a "surprise" coming for the famed director. According to the trade magazine, the Fraternal Order of Police wouldn't specify what that meant exactly.
Watch the clip below: