Quentin Tarantino has never been a director to shy away from his own views, and sometimes to an uncomfortable degree. During a press conference in the US, the auteur was asked his opinions on several matters, including the proposed police boycott of his newest feature The Hateful Eight, and what it means to be a non-politically correct director in today’s world.
“One can be inclined to just say, ‘F this political correctness! I don’t have time for that!’,” Tarantino stated, in response to the widely-publicised increase in a politically correct masses, “But in polite society, there is such a thing as sensitivity to some issues, as time has gone on. There was a time when we weren’t politically correct, at all, and we all wince at moments when we look to the past and see that. I don’t really know what the answer is, as far as that is concerned. However, me, as an artist, I don’t really think about it, at all. It actually is not my job to think about that, especially in terms of me, as a writer, but also as a filmmaker. I’m not worried about the filmmaking part because, if I’ve written it, that’s what I’m going to do.”
The director was also the target of a violent and vehement backlash from the American police earlier this year, for criticising their handling of certain high-profile cases and instances of alleged police brutality. As a result, many police have threatened a mass-boycott of the film.
“People ask me, ‘Are you worried?’ The answer is, no, I’m not worried. I do not feel that the police force is this sinister black hand organization that goes out and fucks up individual citizens in a conspiracy way. Having said that, civil servants shouldn’t be issuing threats, even rhetorically, to private citizens. The only thing I can imagine that they might be planning to do is picket one of the screenings, or maybe picket the premiere. I haven’t heard a whole lot about it.”
“But at the same time, you should be able to talk about abuses of power,” He continued, “and you should be able to talk about police brutality and what, in some cases, is as far as I’m concerned, outright murder and outright loss of justice without the police organization targeting you in the way that they have done me.”
Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight is due out on the 8th of January, 2016.