Hollywoods Grand Gun Violence Disconnect

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How can members of Hollywood’s elite sleep at night when they are so staggeringly full of double standards?

You likely remember the moral outrage which exploded out of the entertainment community shortly after the horrible Sandy Hook massacre. Hollywood was beside itself at the time with righteous indignation, so convincingly expressed in the now famous “Demand a Plan” video featuring various celebutante stars and starlets who called on Americans to petition the government to come up with a plan to prevent another Sandy Hook from ever happening again.

In the midst of the world on fire and the government rife with corruption and scandal, you are likely asking yourself what prompted me to dig up and talk about this old news. Well, I was driving to my office this morning and passed by a city bus emblazoned with a poster advertising two of Tinseltown’s biggest stars, Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, boldly brandishing heat in the new action-adventure film aptly titled 2 Guns.
Standard Hollywood fare this movie is likely to be, with the lead characters having heavy metal pieces virtually welded to their trigger hands.

I went on with this internal rhetorical dialogue. “Don’t these actors recognize the fantastic degree of hypocrisy they’re displaying by glorifying guns in not only their films but in the accompanying advertisements that prominently display guns on billboards and bus sides where innocent children can see them and perhaps be desensitized to the dangers of guns?”

And I concluded with a question that can only be answered by God himself (or perhaps a very good psychoanalyst), “How can these folks muster the gumption to ‘demand a plan’ to address gun violence when they make millions of dollars entertaining their audience through exploitative representations of gun violence?”

I was staggered by the outlandish degree of intellectual disconnect that Hollywood displays in this arena.

Essentially, Hollywood tells us with one side of its mouth, “We hate gun violence in real life so the government should outlaw guns.” And then from the other side it says, “But we are going to revel in as much onscreen gun violence as we like–and make lots of money doing it–because our audience is so responsible that they know the difference between fantasy violence and real violence.”

In a response video titled “Demand a Plan HYPOCRITES”, the creator placed a freeze frame of almost every entertainer who appeared in the “Demand a Plan” anti-gun video in a movie scene or photograph in which he or she appeared toting a gun.

And just a half year removed from Sandy Hook, some of our favorite thespians are filling the silver screen with bullets galore in 2 Guns, R.I.P.D., and White House Down.

Don’t these celebrities ever wonder whether their onscreen antics with guns might possibly contribute to a mindset that enhances the problem of gun violence in America?

Don’t they think the cinematic orgies of bullets and dead bodies may have an influence on the disturbed individuals such as the Sandy Hook murderer?

Don’t they think that after putting out “Demand a Plan” it might set a bad example and appear just a tad contradictory to trot out such shoot-‘em-up fare as 2 Guns, R.I.P.D., and White House Down?

I guess not…So long as their paychecks clear…

I’m just sayin’…

Read a more detailed version of John Steinreich’s article at Patriot Update!

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  • Metal Law

    I’m afraid this attack is missing the point as it accuses these actors of hypocrisy. Don’t get me wrong, I DESPISE this sanctimonious ad, and cringe every time I see someone whose work I’ve enjoyed as an actor or comedian saying something so horribly stupid and wrong in this ad. But the fact that they have been in movies or situations holding guns or using guns as a prop I don’t think you can necessarily accuse of hypocrisy. I think one could reasonably say, “I think prop guns make for entertainment, but I do not believe anyone should have one in real life.” Their problem is the sickening stupidity and incorrectness and lack of logic. The fact that saying, “demand a plan” does nothing and that they’re either talking about taking our legal guns or they’re saying nothing, is the problem. But the photos of them in movies with guns is not where the go wrong. It’s the facts how stupidly sanctimonious and useful they are.

    • Malon Labe

      I believe, and maybe I’m wrong, but it seems like I read somewhere a while back that Mark Wahlberg was against guns. Perhaps that’s what the article is talking about.