Quentin Tarantino has been protesting against police brutality, including referring to certain police officers as murderers—but the filmmaker's own father is not backing him up. "I love my son and have great respect for him as an artist but he is dead wrong in calling police officers, particularly in New York City where I grew up, murderers," Tony Tarantino says in a statement released by the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association of the City of New York Friday. "He is a passionate man and that comes out in his art but sometimes he lets his passion blind him to the facts and to reality. I believe that is what happened when he joined in those anti-cop protests." The elder Tarantino went on to tell Fox News that his son "gets extremely emotional and involved through his passion on what he thinks is right, and in my opinion he went off totally without putting a lot of thought and consideration into what he was doing or [saying]."
The PBA and other unions representing police have urged a boycott of Tarantino's films until he apologizes, and the PBA president says the group is "grateful" for Tony's statement (even though Tony says he won't actually be boycotting his son's next movie, The Hateful 8, which opens in December). Complicating matters is the fact that, back in 2010, Quentin Tarantino claimed he "never knew" and, in fact, "never met" his father, and that the man "was never part of my life." "I have tried for years to create a personal relationship with him other than professional but you know due to circumstances that isn’t happening," Tony Tarantino says. "Unfortunately, that happens in too many families today. We just happen to be one of them." Other protesters are supporting Quentin Tarantino, the AP reports; an organizer of the rally at which the filmmaker spoke says the resulting criticism is "an attempt to squelch any discussion by people in the arts or prominent people in other fields of taking up and discussing controversial social issues."