Tarantino Doubles Down, Then is Surprised About the Backlash
I’m waiting for Quentin Tarantino to pull a Rachel Dolezal and claim to be trans-black. Given his current rants about cops shooting “unarmed” blacks they’re indistinguishable.
The difference is that Dolezal got fifteen minutes of fame and she’s largely excised from our lives except when we need to make a point about racial stupidity. Which is why the comparison here. Tarantino is a racist bigot who doesn’t live in the real world.
Director Quentin Tarantino defended his comments that have triggered boycotts from police unions, and argued police brutality “ultimately what I feel is a problem of white supremacy in this country” on Wednesday’s “All In with Chris Hayes” on MSNBC.
Here he is in his own words.
He was surprised. OK, but that just proves the point that he’s also stupid. And this is just classic.
I was under the impression I was an American [sic] and that I had 1st 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.
Well Quentin it works like this. You absolutely have 1st Amendment rights. But you also get to pay a price for those rights if enough people don’t agree with you. For instance, the KKK has the right to assembly and demonstrate their hateful views. That right was defended by the ACLU and upheld by the Supreme Court. That doesn’t mean their views are mainstream or that people don’t have a right to retaliate against them with, say, a boycott of KKK owned and operated businesses. I’m sure you’d want to lead the boycott and that’s just fine.
It turns out that people, me included, perceive your comments to anti-police. They’re certainly anti-reality. The people you’re accusing of “murder” either acted in self-defense – see Michael Brown – or acted reasonably because they had reason to believe that their lives were in danger – Tamir Rice.
Of course Tarantino is saying that those of us who are criticizing him are lying about what he’s saying, but all you have to do is listen to his ranting and make up your own mind.
There are also people who support him. Like #BlackLivesMatter for one. If you really believe they have one ounce of credibility you can stop reading now and go back to Salon or the New York Times. And then there’s the film industry.
Tarantino further stated that he hasn’t gotten any pressure from the film industry to apologize …
Gee, the people who celebrate Michael Moore and Al Gore think Quentin is right on the money. Color me shocked. He even says he’s got cops who love his work. I don’t doubt it, there are stupid people in every profession.
Quentin’s latest movie opens on Christmas day. I trust you’ve got something else to do that day. Like anything else.