Violence does sell. We can't keep trying to blame hollywood for that.
That's just looking for excuses.
First of all, anything made up in fiction, is not heroic. It is fiction.
People need to stop looking at superheroes as heroes. Or some action flick. Or
even mistaking the actors that play these parts as heroes (unless they actually
do things in their actual life that are heroic). Now if somebody
wants to see a hero, look no further than your story on Joan Trumpauer
Mulholland. That's a hero. She didn't have large muscles or super
powers but the courage to even go against her family to do the right thing to
question and fight against segregation in the Deep South.
Entertainment is the opiate that is killing America.When more people
vote for American Idol that President of the United States, we're in big
trouble.Someone wrote "violence sells." True. But the
media can brainwash Americans into buying almost anything.Americans
have forgotten how to THINK.
I dislike the extreme violence that the media fiction display as much as anyone.
But I disagree with making a connection with that and Congress not passing gun
legislation that would disarm the general public, not the criminals.More people own weapons to protect themselves than own them for hunting or
recreation. These people do not own guns because they want to kill another human
being or animal. They own a weapon because they have been or consider the
possibility of being in a situation where nothing less will protect them from
the violence that is becoming the norm in so many large and not so large
cities.The gun legislation as proposed did nothing to protect these
people, but in fact would disarm them and further reduce their options for self
defense in violent situations.Yes, lets get a handle on the violence
in the media. However, lets not make huge leaps of unfounded assumption that
all gun legislation is good gun legislation. It is equally unfounded to assume
that all those who oppose ill conceived gun legislation are part of a violent
culture; the reality is far from any such notion.
Re: KeithB: Great comment. I agree. This column’s leap of logic to
promote gun control was unfounded. Gun control will only put the law abiding
at a disadvantage to the criminals.
Uh, we all agree that access to violent media is increasing, right? Well, actual
violence is decreasing. So maybe your premise is misguided?
I still find it ironic that a lot of Hollywood support gun control and yet make
billions on gun violence portrayed on TV and in Movies. Not to mention I'd
bet many Hollywood types have guns themselves for protection and or bodyguards
who carry. Until that double standard is fixed, I will listen to no celebrity
lecture me on gun control. Take note Jim Carrey.