I’m not a fan of Quinton Tarantino the director or the person, I don’t hate him, I just feel like he’s probably a tool in his overall existence. He’s one of the most overrated and overused filmmakers in the history of American film, he’s made two really good movies and a bunch of mediocre and really bad ones. He’s also been associated with some really crap films directed by another tool and overrated director Robert Rodriguez, who is a crappy person who was willing to leave his wife for Rose McGowan during the filming of Planet Terror (one of the worst sci fi movies I’ve ever seen).
Despite all of that, and there is much to dislike about Tarantino, from his overall toolness to his open use and endorsement of white people using the N-word because you know, there’s nothing wrong with white people saying it right, I mean black people say it and what not.
Quinton Tarantino said some bad things about cops during a protest rally in New York, Fox News in their now satirically predictable Fox News outrage way, were offended, as were many cops and conservatives. Fine, they have every right to be offended and if they want to dislike Quinton Tarantino then by all means you can dislike the man.
I’m more so anti-Tarantino because I think he’s an undercover racist. To this day I haven’t seen one second of Django Unchained.
But look, you have the right to call Police officers murderers and racists. You do have that right in America don’t you? I say this because when I say homosexuality is a sin and I’m not for it, I will be accused of being a bigot and a homophobe and a Christian zealot who believes in the invisible space man with a long white beard. But you know, those who would say those things have every right to. I can say cops are killers and not have to apologize, which is something I’ve noticed both the left and the right are starting to move toward this knee jerk reaction of manufacturing or overplaying their outrage to the point where apologies are expected no matter what. No matter how soft one’s critique you must apologize because ‘Merica and “You’re a racist!!”.
Part of the problem is this idea of absolute that exists within both worlds, speaking on the left and the right. Conservatives and Fox News by and large can be a bit dismissive to the black community when it comes to their to be frank hatred and distrust of law enforcement. So whenever you have someone speak out they’re immediately cast in a light that isn’t worthy of serious consideration. Or an opposing black view is brought on to discredit their own in order to completely discredit criticism of cops overall.
Quinton Tarantino aside, a lot of black folks in this country feel the exact words he spoke about cops. There’s no empty or disingenuous feeling behind black males especially, feeling as though they don’t have the same right as a white male to walk down the sidewalk in America without cops bothering them for no valid reason. There was an incident at my job where three black workers were coming out of the door and the alarm went off, because it does that whenever you open the door to leave the building. Police showed up and it only took one white worker who just happened to be there that night for them to immediately leave the scene after asking him if he was alright and who those other guys were. I talked to one of the guys I work with the next day and he said had the white worker not been there Police would have drawn their weapons on them because according to him the cops were looking for any reason to do so. Again his words, but in the mind of every black person in this country is this deep rooted skepticism when it comes to the police.
Which is why the focus should be on the root cause of this disconnect, rather than boycotting Tarantino for expressing himself, which last I checked you the first amendment gave you every right to do so. No he wasn’t yelling fire in a crowded area, no his views won’t cause mass murders of cops, no more than Ice-T and NWA cause an sweeping wave of cop murders in the late 80’s and 90’s when they were rapping about killing cops and saying “F the police”.
The thing that has always annoyed me with conservatives and Fox News is how they try and make it this unwritten rule that you can’t ever say something negative about law enforcement or the military. Well, but you can, as negative as you like. You can say f— the pigs, f— the cops all day long at home or in public because you’re right to do so is a protected one. We can’t act like liberals and police speech, no pun intended. We’ve gotten so sensitive and outrage happy that we’re starting to lose perspective on what it means to be critical. Sometimes, being critical is being as offensive and outlandishly so as one possibly can; to get ears up to listen.
And in “F the Police” by NWA, Ice Cube said “f— the police coming straight from the underground/a young n—a got it bad cause I’m brown/and not the other color so police think/they have the authority to kill a minority.”
Those feelings ring true today and they aren’t imagined or simply deflection by black people as a way to ignore black on black crime. Eric Garner wasn’t out killing black people because police officers choked him to death.
I’m defending Quinton Tarantino’s right to say what is on his mind, no matter how controversial. I want my right to speak and express myself to be defended. You have the right to be outraged and never watch a single Tarantino film ever again. But the larger issue isn’t some bloated Hollywood director and his words, but the growing disconnect between the law and the communities they serve and supposed to protect. We can’t have a situation where police are seen more as the enemies than the drug dealers and gang members doing far more damage to their own people.