This is not a column about gun rights, pro or con. I’m not going there.
This also is not a column about the National Rifle Association, pro or con. I’m not going there, either.
This is what it is about: guns and movies.
Let’s start here: Harvey Weinstein, the movie “mogul,” detests guns. He detests them so much that he recently told a national radio host, “I never want to have a gun. I don’t think we need guns in this country, and I hate it. I think the NRA is a disaster area.”
He hates guns so much that he says he is going to make a movie that will cause people to hate guns and the NRA.
“I’m going to make a movie with Meryl Streep, and we’re going to take this head-on,” he said, “and they’re going to wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them.”
He vowed that it will be a big movie, like "Mr. Smith goes to Washington," that will hurt gun manufacturers: “It’s going to be like crash and burn,” he said.
Fine. If people want to take a stand for or against guns, that’s their right. There’s just one little problem with all this anti-gun talk when it comes from Weinstein or, for that matter, anyone else in Hollywood, and you’ve probably already guessed it by now.
It is blatant, you-gotta-be-kidding-me hypocrisy.
Has anyone done more to glorify guns and violence than Hollywood? Actors, writers, producers, directors, studios – all of them – babble about guns and violence in America, and then get in the Bentley and drive back to the mansion they bought with piles of money they made from movies that featured characters blasting away at each other with guns.
They’re saying one thing and doing another. That discounts anything they say about guns. If you don’t walk the walk, don’t talk the talk.
If an alien from a distant planet judged life on Earth based solely on what it saw in movies and or on TV, it would think the average American shoots somebody as routinely as brushing his teeth, probably during his daily commute.
Weinstein’s rant is especially galling. He was the executive director of "Pulp Fiction," "Reservoir Dogs," "Rambo 4," "Kill Bill Vol. 1," "Kill Bill Vol. 2," "Inglorious Basterds," "Django Unchained" and "Sin City." Seven of those films were included on CNN’s list of the 20 most violent movies ever, most of them featuring an arsenal of guns big enough to arm a third-world country.
Weinstein has built his career on such movies, not to mention a fortune estimated at $150 million – and now he wants to speak out against guns? Weinstein The Movie Maker doesn’t hate guns; he loves guns. He can’t work enough of them into the script. For a man who professes to hate guns and would never own one, he sure knows a lot about them and seems to have a certain fascination with them.
It’s not just Weinstein, of course. The entire Hollywood culture has spoken out against guns while also spraying automatic weapons across America’s big screens. About two dozen actors made a gun legislation video a year ago in which each takes turns reciting the names of places where there has been a mass killing at the hand of a gunman.
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