Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, The Hateful Eight, sounds like a Red Hat Society meetup compared to the number of people currently peeved at the pulpy auteur. Following the director’s comments on cops murdering people at a protest last month in New York City, police unions across the country are calling for a boycott of his upcoming film, which is set for release Christmas Day. San Jose’s Police Officers Association (POA) joined the fray Tuesday, with president Paul Kelly calling the director’s comments “hateful and repugnant” while also noting the sacrifice of officers like San Jose’s Michael Johnson, who was killed in the line of duty in March. James Gonzales, the union’s vice president, said it was ironic that Tarantino would blast the same men and women who protect his First Amendment rights to free speech, even if they disagree. Prior to the POA’s media blast, several unions for California law enforcement agencies discussed the boycotts, amongst other priorities. Tarantino sought to clarify his remarks on Tuesday, but he didn’t necessarily back down. He noted that he didn’t think all cops were murderers, that his comments were being taken out of context and that police unions were trying to intimidate him by distracting from the issue of police killing people of color. Those comments only inflamed tempers further, as cops openly wondered what would be an appropriate number of murderers in Tarantino’s mind. “I thought he was going to come out with an apology,” Gonzales said, noting that local law enforcement in San Jose has taken an open approach to dealing with community concerns while also implementing new de-escalation of force training. Gonzales also noted the recent firing of SJPD officer Phillip White, who was canned as a result of threatening tweets he sent in response to the death of Eric Garner and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.