Saturday, December 22, 2012

Hypocritical Hollywood Demands a Plan


Unless celebrities are talking about cancer or AIDS, I usually don't listen to a word they say. My first thought is: How can you with your private tutors, private planes, personal chauffeurs, personal stylist, kids you don't raise, and endless bank accounts know what it's like to be an average American? This time they're speaking out against gun violence and for gun control. They don't say gun control in this video, but we know where this is going. Only an out of touch faction of society would say something out of touch. And what ground do these Hollywood celebrities have to speak against violence? Let's look at a few of the people in this video.
  • Beyonce is married to a man who thinks he's king of "Gangsta Rap" and she starred in that awful version of Swimfan a few years ago where she fights and kills Ali Larter in the end.
  • Michelle Williams' breakout performance was Halloween: H20 and one of her more recent roles was playing Leonardo DiCaprio's wife in Shutter Island where she killed her three kids.
  • Jamie Foxx was in Collateral with Tom Cruise and his new film set to release in a few days is Django Unchained in which he kills a bunch of white people. He was also in The Player's Club and Law Abiding Citizen.
  • The opening scene of Hannibal, starring Julianne Moore, was a mini-massacre at a fish market. She was also in Children of Men, Eagle Eye, Chloe, and she'll star in the Carrie remake this spring with Chloe Grace Moretz.
  • If you've never seen Chris Rock in New Jack City, then you're missing out.
  • Jeremy Renner was most recently in Bourne Legacy and Marvel's The Avengers. He was also in Ben Affleck's The Town, Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker, and the latest installment of the Mission: Impossible movies.
  • One of Reece Witherspoon's earliest films was a hilarious number called Freeway where she shoots a man with a gun and bangs a girl's head into the concrete. She also had a small part in American Psycho.
  • Do not let Selena Gomez's doe eyes fool you. Her Disney Channel tenure is over and she's set to star in Spring Breakers this coming spring where she and three of her bombshell friends commit armed robbery to fund their spring break trip. At some point she'll start production on 13 Reasons Why, one of the most realistic novels on teen depression/suicide I've ever read.
  • While that lame 90s TV show is what made Courtney Cox famous, I'll always love her for her role as the annoying reporter in the Scream films.
  • Kate Hudson's resume is mostly adorable, but she was in Skeleton Key and The Killer Inside Me.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow played a drunk who commits suicide in Country Strong. She was also in Seven and The Talented Mr. Ripley.
  • Brooke Shields was also in Freeway with Reese Witherspoon. If we want to talk about exploitation, she was also in Pretty Baby and Blue Lagoon.
  • No matter what Paul Rudd does, he'll always be Creepy Tommy Doyle from Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers to me.
and the stand out, in my opinion:
  • Elizabeth Banks. She won the coveted role of Effie Trinket in the The Hunger Games, an adaptation about kids killing kids for sport.
Am I against any of these films? No. Many of them happen to be my favorites and a few I'm looking forward to. One of the first movies I remember seeing in theaters was one of the Child's Play movies. My favorite film since I was seven-years-old is a crappy sci-fi flick about alien kids who kill most of their town. Violent and scary films are apart of my childhood. My point is how can you advocate for an end to gun violence when you profit off of violence and you depend on the public finding their joy in artificial bloodshed. It's hypocritical. I don't believe there is a link between mass killings and violent films, but I do believe that violent films fuel our culture's obsession with violence. Movies are bloodier, the body count is higher, and the acting still sucks. I do believe there should be a plan to address violence in our culture, but I'm not following the advice of Selena Gomez who is set to a wield a gun in her next film, or Elizabeth Banks who will be walking the red carpet next November for Catching Fire. We can't fix these problems when we refuse to take responsibility for whatever impact we may have, and Hollywood is the next to the last resort if we run out of options. Tell me: How can Jamie Foxx complain about guns and violence in our culture and promote his soon to be Oscar-nominated bloodbath at the same time?

4 comments:

  1. A very poignant read! I appreciate the manner in which you put this out there.
    The hypocrisy is chin deep with these actors and that is without bringing up their perceived need for bodyguards?
    I feel the above video is entirely selfish self promotion through emotional pandering. "Demand a plan"??- it couldn't be more vague, useless and unassailable. The entire code of law is a highly explicit plan. How about demanding ethics, morality, and love? That would produce far better results than a few more lines of legalese regardless of any intended "plan".

    (oh, and to answer your last question only minorly tongue-in-cheek, and to underline the ROOT of the problem which is personal responsibility, "blame-it-on-the-a-a-a" oh nevermind. )

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  2. Well as surprising as this may be I found your site in a link in a firearms forum. It will come as no surprise to you that we who use them as a hobby or sport have no shortage of disgust, anger, and sorrow for the despicable acts of an unbalanced coward in CT. As fellow parents, our hearts go out to those that lost their loved ones.

    I see those who would take a tragedy and seek to gain their political clout through it while the Hollywood elite, that can afford professional, personal security, think they know what's best for the rest of us. They don't get it. 47% of the country are sheep that need sheepdogs to protect them from the wolves.

    They are so quick to give up the second amendment of the Bill of Rights while personally exercising their first. I know of no other country that fought for it's freedom and established a republic. A republic which has freed countless other people throughout the world. They like to argue that the second amendment was written about muskets. Yes, muskets were the preferred assault weapon of the day that the British used to conquer most of the world. They continue to spread their ignorance by describing any and all rifles as assault weapons when very, very few actually own an actual select fire weapon that meets the definition.

    I am sure countries like China would love to see us institute more laws that criminals won't follow simultaneously stripping honest citizens of liberty. It certainly will lessen the concerns expressed by the Japanese during WW2 about invading the United States.

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  3. Savvy - I've got a plan. How about we stop publishing the names of the KILLERS? How about these anti-gun celebrities disarm their bodyguards? How about we address the REAL problem, a lack of morals that devalues human life?

    I don't need some hollywood celebrity lacking in morals, profiting from violent movies telling me what I need or don't need. You are exactly right about the hypocrisy of these folks. They profit from movies depicting violence and death, yet the GUNS are responsible for the deaths. They portray characters that commit crimes and display a blatant disregard for the lives and well-being of others, yet these hollywood profiteers want to blame an inanimate object. They need to look at their movies and they way they glorify greed, violence, and self-centered behavior. .....

    We need a plan to increase the moral fiber of our people....

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  4. [Spotted the following on the net. Enjoy. ---Latanya]

    Control Hollywood, Not Guns!

    Instead of gun control, why not Hollywood control?
    Gun triggers are touched by fingers. But Hollywood, guided more by profits than OT prophets, poisons the minds that pull the triggers.
    Hollywood likes hiding behind the First Amendment more than abiding by the Ten Commandments, one of which says "Thou shalt not kill."
    Even more insidiously, some of the most powerful Hollywood moguls quietly embrace the most unspeakably evil forms of child abuse. Google or Yahoo "The Talmud" which says that Jewish adults are allowed to have sex with children as young as three years old!
    Also Google or Yahoo "Pedophilia: The Talmud's Dirty Secret." (There are those who even want to normalize and legalize pedophilia! - Google "jewishfaces.com/porn.html.")
    Why do politicians focus only on "mopping up" the aftereffects of hypocritical Hollywood's overflowing sex-and-gun-violence "faucet" instead of trying to shut it off? Let's control the big "guns" of Hollywood - and NOT guns!

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