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Quentin Tarantino Clarifies, "All Cops Are Not Murderers," But Police Aren't Buying It

Can his Real Time with Bill Maher appearance Friday cool things down?

Malcolm Venable

Quentin Tarantino may find that his sentiments are coming too little, too late.

After publicly bashing cops at an anti-police brutality rally last week, the director tried to clarify his comments, although he stopped short of an actual apology. "All cops are not murderers," he told the Los Angeles Times. "I never said that. I never even implied that... "Frankly, it feels lousy to have a bunch of police mouthpieces call me a cop hater. I'm not a cop hater."

Those cops might disagree. Police groups were outraged by comments Tarantino made at the rally in Manhattan against police brutality on Oct. 24. "When I see murders, I do not stand by," he said at the time. "I have to call a murder a murder and I have to call the murderers the murderers."

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Naturally, his comments created a backlash. The National Association of Police Organizations announced Tuesday that it would boycott Tarantino's films, including his upcoming Western The Hateful Eight, following an announcement of a similar boycott by the National Border Patrol on Monday, TheWrap reports. Tarantino's latest backtracking has not stemmed the tide. NAPO called the director's explanation "ludicrous." That group joins a list of unions in New York City, Los Angeles, Houston, New Jersey, Chicago and Philadelphia that have pledged boycotts.

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Meanwhile, the director will appear on Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday at 10/9c HBO, where he will no doubt clarify his comments further. But will it make a difference? The Hateful Eight will be released on Christmas Day.

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