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.
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.