On Saturday, an anti-police brutality rally in Washington Square Park got an unexpected guest speaker in Quentin Tarantino. Today, the perpetually seething chair of the union representing NYPD officers responded by calling for a boycott of the director’s films.
When it comes to fuming press releases, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch is a well-respected auteur with an unmistakable style. He’s spent years honing his gift, meticulously crafting missives, each more livid and sensational than the last. That’s why I’m disappointed to report that Lynch’s Tarantino boycott is a lazy and uninspired pastiche of his earlier work. From the New York Post:
“It’s no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too,” Lynch said in a statement.
“The police officers that Quentin Tarantino calls ‘murderers’ aren’t living in one of his depraved big-screen fantasies — they’re risking and sometimes sacrificing their lives to protect communities from real crime and mayhem.
“New Yorkers need to send a message to this purveyor of degeneracy that he has no business coming to our city to peddle his slanderous ‘Cop Fiction.’ ”
No calling Tarantino an Inglorious Basterd? No quoting Ezekiel 25:17? Early Lynch would have thrown in an egregious “Kill Bill” just to make it known how much he hates the mayor, or said something incoherent about how he knows Quentin hates cops because Mr. Brown got more lines in Reservoir Dogs than Mr. Blue. But this? This is bland, uninspired drivel.
It’s a shame to see a true press release artist like Patrick Lynch descend into lazy self-parody. Zero stars.