“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,” said actor Tony Tarantino in a statement released Friday by the New York Police Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.
“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.”
Thanksgiving at the Tarantino house is gonna be a bit awkward.
“I’m a human being with a conscience,” Mr. Tarantino, who flew in from California for the rally, was quoted by The Associated Press. “And if you believe there’s murder going on then you need to rise up and stand up against it. I’m here to say I’m on the side of the murdered.”
Murdered is a pejorative term. These people were killed by police – we don’t know if it was murder, or justified as self-defense. I’m on the side of justice, which demands that there be real investigations and punishment when wrong-doing is found.
The Mary Sue goes off on Tarantino after interview with Bret Easton Ellis. Its a classic, ‘We like him, but…’ article.
And I’m not in the camp that says that able-bodied, straight, cisgender white men can never write characters of color, or women, or disabled characters, or trans characters. But when they do, they should do so thoughtfully. They should be smart about it and get input from the community they’re writing about. And since no community is a monolith and thinks the same things are not offensive, be prepared to have those conversations in a non-defensive way.
Got that Mr. Filmmaker? You aren’t allowed to just write a character. You need to get your character vetted by a committee of people from the same liberal identity box. You aren’t allowed to just write a character, you are supposed to create an unoffensive liberal identity composite. It doesn’t matter how you actually want your individual characters to act – if they aren’t glowing examples of brilliance by the standards of their liberal identity, then you are gonna get attacked.
As hugely influential as his earlier movies were, it’s impossible now to imagine an earnest 20-something millennial dreaming up a film as perverse and lurid as “Pulp Fiction” or “Reservoir Dogs” or anything else he’s made. In an era obsessed with “triggering” and “micro-aggressions” and the policing of language, the Tarantino oeuvre is relentlessly un-PC: His movies are impolite, rude, irresponsible and somewhat cold.