The U.S. media combined with Hollywood tend to portray a certain group of Americans (i.e., Conservatives) as being “out of touch” with reality.
But really, is there any group less in touch than Hollywood?
Hopefully by now you’ve seen the video of celebrity after celebrity telling our government that “enough is enough” when it comes to school massacres. Hopefully you’ve also seen the parody version of that video in which probably 90% of the celebrities who appear in the video are then shown brandishing their firearms in movies or TV shows.
Height of hypocrisy!
But heck, even beyond that, have you seen the ads for some of the movies that are coming out on the heels of Sandy Hook? And I specifically cite the ads because it’s easy to avoid the films themselves but what is much more difficult is to avoid the ads for those films that appear on TV (for example, if you’re innocently trying to watch a sporting event or news program).
Jack Reacher, though not R-rated, was apparently filled with gun violence. That was released right around Sandy Hook. And, hey, Arnold is back with his latest shoot-em-up adventure.
Capping it off is a new film starring Sylvester Stallone, whom I generally like, called “Bullet to the Head”.
Bullet to the Head? Right after Sandy Hook?
They even delayed the release of “The Watch” because of the Trayvon Martin tragedy but they won’t delay “Bullet to the Head”?
And of course, the promo itself glorifies the shooting by Stallone.
What the Schwarzeneggers and Stallones will tell you, of course, is that these movies are fine because they depict self-defense and good guys using weapons to fend off bad guys. There’s some truth to that.
But how about some sensitivity? Heck, forget that. How about not producing these movies any more if you’re serious when you lecture us that “enough is enough”?
I don’t even think the good-guys-shooting-bad-guys phenomenon holds up anymore as rationale for these pictures. As recent Glenn Beck guest Dave Grossman indicates, today’s youth see images of people getting their heads shot off and they chuckle at it. They think it’s funny. They have become desensitized by these realistic and horrific images both in films and video games – to the extent that the Aurora, Colorado movie killer was able to shoot people in the head, take in that image, and proceed to shoot the next victim in the head.
So, really, Hollywood, I understand that these violent images are big sellers but I say on to you as you have just said to us:
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!