Mimesis Law
18 April 2021

To Pat, From Chris, With Love On The Hateful Eight

Jan. 25, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Dear Pat Lynch:

First of all, do you mind if I call you Pat? That’s okay? Awesome; I’d rather not risk threatening your command presence.

I wanted to let you know I read Ken Womble’s letter to you last year where he deemed you a “foaming asshat” that trots out his “flapping pie hole in the wake of any moment of police misconduct to demand that we all bow before the unequivocal perfection of the NYPD.”  I thought Ken was a touch harsh on you, personally, but I’m not from New York.  It was with great surprise, however, to find Ken not only right, but also discover you’re an empty-headed buffoon willing to take credit for things that never happened.

The president of the New York Police Benevolent Association (PBA), Patrick Lynch, took credit for the Hateful Eight making “only” $43 million at the box office so far since its release on Christmas. The New York PBA was the first of several police unions around the country to call for a boycott of the Quentin Tarantino movie after the director appeared in an October police reform rally.

“Only” forty-three million dollars within one month’s time for an art film released by a prolific filmmaker during a time when “Star Wars” and Leonardo DiCaprio’s film “The Revenant” had everyone’s attention? So what if that’s more money than Tarantino’s blaxploitation film “Jackie Brown” made over its lifetime.  You sure showed him police weren’t to be messed with!

“With nearly 1 million law enforcement officers in this country who have families and friends who support them, the impact that police have economically on a product or project is immense,” Lynch said while taking credit…” The law enforcement boycott of cop-hater Quentin Tarantino’s movie is one demonstration of that economic power.”

Unfortunately, Pat, there’s these silly little things called “numbers,” “facts,” and “context” you don’t seem to really grasp in your delusional worldview. Maybe we should consult an outside source to see if your empty bloviating actually holds power.  Someone who actually follows box office trends and business might be a good start, like brainy.

The (slightly shorter) DLP version of the violent mystery/comedy/etc. played in 2,474 theaters [the weekend of January 3] and earned a solid $16.24 million…Said weekend total puts the ten-day [cumulative gross] for the film at $29.58m, which is about 75% of its $44m production budget.

That’s not a blockbuster figure, but this was always going to play smaller…The Weinstein Company hopes that the Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, and Friends thriller will be something of a slow earner, with potential Oscar glory in the cards as well.

Tarantino is absolutely a marquee name, but this time it was all up to him to sell the picture. Sam Jackson and Kurt Russell are media-friendly movie stars, but they aren’t openers (or haven’t been in a while). So the fact that this one is doing as well as it’s doing is a credit to Mr. Tarantino (as well as the various police unions that turned the film’s release into a national news story). (emphasis added)

 It’s gotta sting a bit, Pat, when those outside the world of police rhetoric don’t buy into your bullshit and actually point out your petulant tantrums helped “The Hateful Eight’s” success. When your law enforcement brothers and sisters turn their collective backs on your pissing contest with a Hollywood filmmaker it’s got to hurt even more.

Quentin Tarantino‘s “The Hateful Eight” hit theaters without a peep from nationwide police unions and their supporters despite threats of a boycott since late October.

We’re not giving this guy anymore free publicity. We have nothing to say about it,” New York Patrolman’s Benevolent Association spokesperson Albert O’Leary told TheWrap on [December 18].

Calls to similar unions in Los Angeles, Atlanta and a spokesperson for the National Association of Police Organizations did not immediately return TheWraps’ request for the status of their boycotts. At its peak, the movement also attracted the support of a group representing 16,500 border patrol agents.

So the “surprise” plotted for the premiere of “The Hateful Eight” never happened.  The boycott promised to stop the “cop hater” fizzled before it even began, if it happened at all.   Despite this, you were still willing to take credit for the film’s poor box office showing.

Back in September, Ken Womble called you out for your narcissistic demagoguery.

While I am not allowed to have an opinion about cops, I do have an opinion about you. You don’t give a damn about police officers in New York. You care only about Pat Lynch…You have what should be a difficult job and you have taken the easy way out. Instead of representing the interests of New York’s 36,000 police officers, you merely wait for the inevitable rift in community/police relations to rear your ugly head. You act like you are protecting the reputation of the police when, in fact, there may be no one person who has done more to damage that reputation.

I first saw you run your mouth when James Blake, the tennis star, was assaulted by Officer James Frascatore for the offense of standing outside his hotel.  Your verbal diarrhea on that subject did nothing to change the NYPD’s quick apology to Blake and subsequent investigation of Frascatore. Your next performance was against Quentin Tarantino, who had every right to express his opinions on police misconduct, and your efforts accomplished exactly nothing.

Before you open your mouth again on any issue concerning those who elected you to office, I’d humbly suggest you consider the time honored chestnut attributed to Albert Einstein: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”



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