Hollywood's two-faced stance on gun control

Friday, January 18, 2013
Russ Jones (OneNewsNow.com)

Leading Hollywood celebrities are speaking out in support of President Barack Obama's push for stricter gun laws. A media watchdog group, however, says the film industry needs to look at its own role in promoting violence.

Philbin, Matt (CMI)The Media Research Center's Culture and Media Institute (CMI) has released a study of the current five films atop the American box office. Matt Philbin, managing editor of the CMI, explains that the study found 65 scenes of violence, including 38 scenes of gun violence, affecting 185 victims.

"Many people in Hollywood have come out demanding gun control in the wake of the Newtown shooting," Philbin notes. "We thought it was appropriate to take a look at what they are putting out there in terms of product, what their movies are like. These movies are indeed -- their movies, TV shows, etcetera -- contributing to a culture of violence."

But the media, he argues, obviously is not interested in calling out Hollywood's inconsistencies.

"If you look at Jamie Foxx, who's … the star of Django Unchained, who the big line in the movie is 'I get to kill white people and get paid for it' -- he then turns around and within a month he's in a video demanding gun control from the government, a video about the Newtown shootings," the CMI managing editor reports. "So it's flat-out hypocrisy."

The MRC study evaluates Gangster Squad, Django Unchained, Zero Dark Thirty, Les Miserables, and A Haunted House.

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