Hollywood loves their guns. I mean, think about it. They churn out tons of action movies with tons of gunplay every year, making billions annually. Romantic comedies don’t make them nearly so much.
Yet, despite all their love for guns in their movies, it’s not unusual to see one of the stars of these movies openly advocate for gun control. I mean, it’s cool for them to handle guns, but for you and me? Nah.
Most of the time, though, it’s just a few comments here or there. That’s bad enough, but most of the time, Hollywood isn’t backing anything formal.
At least, not until now.
Major Hollywood studios including WarnerMedia and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot are promoting a gun control initiative funded by billionaire Michael Bloomberg. The “Wear Orange” push comes from the Bloomberg-backed Everytown for Gun Safety, which has pressured President Joe Biden to enact gun control via executive order.
“Wear Orange” encourages people to wear orange from June 4 to 6 in recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day and Wear Orange weekend. Some of the Hollywood studios promoting the event have made hundreds of million of dollars on movies and TV shows featuring scenes of gun violence — some of which were intended for thrilling or comic effect.
WarnerMedia said it is partnering with Everytown to “help end gun violence and build safer communities across America.”
The studio’s HBO is behind The Sopranos, which featured countless scenes of gun violence over six seasons. Warner Bros.’ Joker climaxed with a scene in which the title character (Joaquin Phoenix) shoots a late-night comedian (Robert De Niro) in the head on live TV.
Of course, this is hardly surprising. Hollywood, for all the entertainment they bring, has long been filled with hypocrisy. While they have spent years trying to tell the rest of the country how to live and how to be decent people, they were harboring a piece of filth like Harvey Weinstein. The whole #MeToo movement exposed that side of their hypocrisy.
Is it really surprising that they would back an anti-gun initiative–and this is an anti-gun initiative, despite it being dressed up as simple anti-violence–despite making billions because of guns?
Honestly, I know I’m not the only one absolutely sick of this virtue-signaling nonsense from the film industry. Over and over again, they continue to try and pretend they know just how our world is supposed to work and they’re going to tell us just how things should go. What they forget, though, is that the real world doesn’t have the cavalry arriving just in the nick of time.
See, in a movie, you can call the cops and they show up right when they need to. They make it there just before the bad guy gets to hurt someone.
It happens because that’s when the writer wants it to happen; because it’s more dramatic that way.
Yet there’s no writer trying to balance drama and a happy ending with your life. Real life is messier. The police don’t always arrive just in the nick of time. Sometimes, they’re there just quick enough to draw a chalk outline around the body and that’s it.
But Hollywood doesn’t tell those stories. Movies don’t really brush with reality because the real world is scary enough. No one wants to pay for the privilege of being reminded. So, they tell other stories, which is fine. Escapism is a wonderful thing. We need it from time to time.
The problem is that this same industry seems to continually back efforts to disarm us as if we live in one of their fantasy worlds.
Sorry, but it’s time for Hollywood to grow the hell up and recognize that movies don’t replicate real life and never will. Because of that, the cavalry won’t be there in time, so we need guns to protect us from the evil of the world. They need to stop working to disarm us because disarming us will kill many of their potential customers.