You know what’s amusing? Having spoiled, pretentious jackwagons with armed security, who often make a lot of money using firearms on the big and small screen alike tell me all about how awesome gun control is. Nothing on Earth is likely to send me into an eye roll-induced migraine nearly as fast as that particular brand of hypocrisy.
Yet, anti-gun politicians are trying to get Hollywood to join in the anti-gun push by advancing the narrative through our entertainment.
The Democratic National Committee and members of Congress are turning to Hollywood for help with voter turnout and messaging ahead of the midterm elections and 2020 presidential campaign, quietly consulting with a group of actors, writers and producers here.
DNC Chairman Tom Perez, several House members and other top elected officials have already met with the group, formed by members of the entertainment industry in the wake of the 2016 election, that participants liken to a TV writers’ room, complete with producers of such programs as “Veep.” The existence of the group and details of the meetings have not been previously reported.
The group has discussed targeted voter-registration programs with visiting Democrats, as well as the party’s framing of issues ranging from abortion rights to gun control. In one recent meeting, a Midwestern senator sought advice about how to discuss gun control with conservative-leaning voters in his or her state, multiple participants said.
Yes, because this will work.
Anti-gun celebrities and the people who tell them what to say on television are always the best choices to tell ordinary Americans–people they tend to know absolutely nothing about–why gun control is a good idea.
The fact is, however, Hollywood has been pushing this for years. Well, they’ve been trying to.
America simply wasn’t buying. Take, for example, the Jessica Chastain film “Miss Sloane.” The film stars Chastain as a lobbyist working to push a gun control bill. It portrays pro-gun politicians as on the take and pro-gun lobbyists as morally disgusting individuals. Though, in fairness, it doesn’t exactly paint lobbyists of any stripe as being decent human beings.
However, despite positive reviews, the movie bombed. Why? It’s probably because people don’t want to be lectured by Hollywood on guns when it also routinely makes hundreds of billions of dollars on films featuring rugged men with guns shooting bad people in the face. It’s hypocritical and we all know it.
For anyone to look to Hollywood for help with messaging on guns is rich beyond belief. These are the same people who were shocked that Roseanne was a hit despite (or because of) having a cast of characters who weren’t knee-deep in leftist ideology. They failed to grasp that the country wanted a show like that after the cancelation of Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing (which is coming back, thankfully).
In other words, these are people who rarely seem to understand what America wants within their industry. What makes anyone think they can help them sell gun control to people in the midwest?
But hey, far be it from me to stop them from doing more stupid stuff in an effort to push gun control.