Rogan blasts Hollywood's anti-gun hypocrisy

Rogan blasts Hollywood's anti-gun hypocrisy
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When NewsRadio went off the air in 1999, if you’d told me that Joe Rogan would be one of the most important personalities in the nation today, I’d have labeled you insane. I mean, he was good and all, but he was a supporting character on a shot most people don’t even think about today.

How was he going to be that big of a deal?

Yet podcasts are a thing in this day and age and Rogan’s has become one of the biggest. Couple that with Rogan’s free-thinking beliefs and an effort to have genuinely interesting guests, and you’ve got a recipe for awesome.

Now, Rogan is blasting Hollywood.

Joe Rogan thinks it’s hypocritical for Hollywood figures to promote gun control measures while remaining silent about the film industry’s depictions of gun violence on the big screen.

“Isn’t it f–king wild that Hollywood in general is very anti-gun, but they promote guns more than any other media on the planet?” Rogan asked his guest, comedian Tim Dillon, during the Aug. 19 episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience,” which is streamed on Spotify.

Rogan added: “All their best movies, whether it’s ‘The Gray Man,’ or whether you’re watching ‘The Terminal List’ or ‘Mission Impossible.’”

“It’s all ‘Guns save the day.’ Guns kill aliens, guns kill werewolves, guns kill everyone. Everyone bad gets killed by guns.”

Rogan sarcastically said: “‘But guns are bad and you shouldn’t have guns.’ It’s crazy.”

He makes a very valid point, too. After all, Hollywood loves gun control, but then puts guns in everyone’s hands and lets them shoot up the bad guys.

What’s more, when gun control rolls around that would create issues for you and me, Hollywood lobbies to get exceptions carved in for them, so they can keep making the movies glorifying guns and violence.

Sure, some have called for more responsible depictions of guns in movies, but there are a lot more people in Hollywood who will call for gun control while creating movies that depict firearms as the tool of the good guy.

Of course, Rogan delves deeper into that, how they believe they can make guns good on the screen, but you and I simply can’t be trusted with them.

Now, understand that Rogan isn’t some super-staunch pro-Second Amendment guy. I think he’s come around a bit on the topic over the years, but it’s not like he’s going to be writing guest columns for Bearing Arms anytime soon.

Yet he sees this hypocrisy plain as day. It’s there for anyone to see if they’d just bother to look, and Rogan is definitely someone unafraid to look.

It’s just too bad that more people won’t look at that hypocrisy. It’s too bad they can’t see how the very people screaming about guns are really just saying they don’t trust you with guns, and not just Hollywood.

After all, what do you think people use to protect elected officials? Good intentions and pixie dust?

My hope is that with Rogan’s influence, more people will start to look deeper at these people screaming for gun control for a change.