US-POLICE-RACISM-CRIME-PROTESTHow much does a celebrity's -- including a director's -- personal politics affect his or her career? It's hard to imagine Quentin Tarantino fans will really stop watching his films because he joined an anti-police brutality protest in New York. However, his actions, and strong words on the subject -- including accusing police of "murder," adding "I'm here to say I'm on the side of the murdered" -- have prompted New York and Los Angeles police departments to call for a boycott of QT's films.

Los Angeles Police Protective League president Craig Lally said in a statement (via MSNBC): "We fully support constructive dialogue about how police interact with citizens. But there is no place for inflammatory rhetoric that makes police officers even bigger targets than we already are. Film director Quentin Tarantino took irresponsibility to a new and completely unacceptable level this past weekend by referring to police as murderers during an anti-police march in New York."

Meanwhile, Fox News's Bill O'Reilly has been covering the subject, and -- no surprise -- the very right wing conservative thinks Tarantino went too far. In a talk with Baltimore criminology professor Jeffrey Ian Ross, O'Reilly said, "This Tarantino character, I think he destroyed his career, because anybody hearing that's going to think: 'You know what? Maybe I'm not going to see his movies'."

And yet QT fans may still watch his movies because they care about the films not the filmmaker's political views, or they may want to buy extra tickets specifically because of those views. His new film, "The Hateful Eight," isn't coming out until Christmas so we'll have to wait and see what happens then.

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