Director Quentin Tarantino defended his controversial comments on police violence and contended that the U.S. has a "problem of white supremacy" during an appearance on MSNBC Wednesday night.
The "Kill Bill" director insisted to "All In" host Chris Hayes that he is not a cop hater and merely had his comments taken out of context by those who "want to demonize" him.
"We were at a rally that was dealing with unarmed people, mostly black and brown, who have been shot and killed, or beaten, or strangled by the police, and I was obviously referring to the people in those type of situations," he said, providing a list of incidents in which he felt black Americans were wrongly killed by police.
Tarantino said he was stunned when police unions blasted him and called for a boycott of his movies.
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"I was surprised," he told Hayes. "I was under the impression I was an american and that I had First 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."
Later in the interview, Tarantino explained how the group that hosted the anti-police brutality protest got in touch with him. While doing so, dropped a comment that raised eyebrows.
"I had made statements in some interviews, you know, along the way, that had suggested that I’m on their side when it comes to this issue of, you know, ultimately what I feel is a problem of white supremacy in this country," he said.
Throughout the interview, the director took shots at critics, arguing "it's much easier to feign outrage and start arguments with celebrities than it is to deal" with the problems facing law-enforcement.
Tarantino’s comments at the protest ignited a national firestorm, coming just days after an NYPD officer was gunned down in the line of duty.
“When I see murders, I do not stand by … I have to call the murderers murders,” he said at the demonstration.
As a result, the head of a NYPD union called for a boycott of his movies. The commissioner of the NYPD also blasted Tarantino, telling a radio station that he had “no words to describe the contempt I have for him and his comments.”
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