Alfred Hitchcock was famously afraid of the police and authority figures, but unlike Quentin Tarantino, he never spoke at a protest against police brutality in Manhattan. After Tarantino gave a brief speech at the #RiseUpOctober rally in Washington Square Park on Saturday, the head of the NYPD's largest union called the director a "cop-hater," and asked his members to stop watching Tarantino's movies.
"It's time for a boycott of Tarantino's films," PBA president Patrick Lynch said in a statement, as if tens of thousands of cops were waiting for a signal to tear the Pulp Fiction posters off their kids' bedroom walls.
"New Yorkers need to send a message to this purveyor of degeneracy that he has no business coming to our city to peddle his slanderous 'Cop Fiction.'"
From one flamboyant "purveyor of degeneracy" to another, it is powerful stuff, and accordingly the New York Post assigned five reporters to the task of compiling Lynch's statement and pulling a quote from a cousin of Officer Randolph Holder, who was fatally shot in Harlem last week.
"I think it's very disrespectful. Everyone forgets that behind the uniform is a person," the cousin, Shauntel Abrams said.
Asked about Holder's death, Tarantino told the paper, "It’s like this: It’s unfortunate timing, but we’ve flown in all these families to go and tell their stories...That cop that was killed, that’s a tragedy, too."