“What they’re doing is pretty obvious,” Tarantino said. “Instead of dealing with the incidents of police brutality that those people were bringing up, instead of examining the problem of police brutality in this country, better they single me out. And their message is very clear. It’s to shut me down. It’s to discredit me. It is to intimidate me. It is to shut my mouth, and even more important than that, it is to send a message out to any other prominent person that might feel the need to join that side of the argument.”
The controversy took off Oct. 24 in New York City after Tarantino joined a protest against police brutality, at which he noted the spate of deadly police shootings. “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,” he said, according to the New York Times.