AceShowbiz - Jamie Foxx showed his support to director Quentin Tarantino after police unions in several states said they would boycott his work. The "Annie" actor asked Tarantino to keep telling the truth before presenting Hollywood Ensemble Award to the cast of Tarantino's new film "The Hateful Eight" at the Hollywood Film Awards on Sunday night, November 1.
"Keep telling the truth, keep speaking the truth and don't worry about none of the haters," Foxx said on the podium, followed by applause from the audience. The 52-year-old director was absent at the awards event. The cast members of Tarantino' film didn't make any further comments on Foxx's statement while collecting the award.
Tarantino sparked the controversy after he attended a rally protesting police brutality in New York in late October. At that time, the director suggested that police who shot dead civilians were murderers. He reportedly told the crowd, "When I see murders, I do not stand by ... I have to call a murder a murder and I have to call the murderers the murderers."
Following Tarantino's controversial comment, the Chicago police union released a statement which read, "We ask that every member in the Law Enforcement community to take a moment to speak with your immediate and extended family members, friends and neighbors and ask them to stand with our Sisters and Brothers in Law Enforcement in this national boycott of his work."
Meanwhile, Tarantino's father Tony Tarantino didn't approve of his son's comment about police. He said in a statement on Friday, "I love my son and have great respect for him as an artist but he is dead wrong in calling police officers, particularly in New York City where I grew up, murderers. He is a passionate man and that comes out in his art, but sometimes he lets his passion blind him to the facts and to reality."