NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Saturday, November 7, 2015, 1:08 AM
Quentin Tarantino stuck to his guns Friday during an appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” — with the host backing him up against his critics.
Tarantino maintained that his stance on police brutality has been twisted into making him look like a cop-hater, and Maher agreed.
“What I don’t understand about the cops,” Maher said. “They want us to think they’re so brave. Then they don’t always act brave.”
“You have to call murder, murder, even if it’s from the cops,” he added.
The pair went on to say that neither of them believes that all cops are bad but that there are institutional issues that need to be addressed.
“It’s a hydra, it’s a snake with many heads,” Tarantino said. “But the biggest head that needs to be chopped off first is this blue wall idea. The fact that they will protect their own as opposed to put themselves at the betterment of citizenry.”
Maher’s other guests included commentator Keith Olbermann, ex-congressman Anthony Weiner, and journalists Jillian Melchior and David Frum.
Director Quentin Tarantino holds a banner as attends a rally to denounce police brutality in Washington Square Park October 24, 2015 in New York City.
Tarantino repeatedly flashed the peace sign as he entered the stage and stayed with his message that his critics are twisting his words and ignoring the real issues.
The popular filmmaker drew the ire of law enforcement groups last month after he declared at a protest in Washington Square Park that people should “rise up” against police brutality.
“I have to call a murder a murder, and I have to call the murderers the murderers,” he said.
In subsequent interviews, Tarantino insisted that he didn’t call all cops murderers.
“But they’re not dealing in a fair issue. They’re saying that I am a cop hater, which is slander cause I didn’t say that. They’re implying that I meant that all cops are murderers and I wasn’t,” Tarantino said Friday.
Maher said he empathized with the “Pulp Fiction” director, comparing Tarantino’s brouhaha with the police to the flak he received for his own controversial comments after 9/11.
Maher was fired from his ABC show “Politically Incorrect” in the aftermath of Sept. 11 for saying that the terrorists who flew the planes into the World Trade Center towers were “not cowardly.”