Before people get the wrong idea, understand this is not a protest against gun control or keeping Americans safe. I believe that there should always be strict laws when it comes to carrying a deadly weapon.
But I also believe in the second amendment. After all, it was what kept my gradfather and his family safe when a bunch off KKKlowns decided to try to attack his family farm when he was just a kid and his father used his rifle to defend his family. I believe in the right to protect myself from an attacker by any means necessary.
What I don’t appreciate is the hyporcisty of bullish like this:
To see people like Clown B, Jamie Foxx, Courtney Cox, Goopy Paltrow and other celebrities stand on their dirty arse soap box and put out their propaganda spiel about gun control when they belong to a business that not only glorifies violence but sells it in spades to the most impressionable and impoversihed minds in society, is unpseakbly evil. Hollywood and D.C. love to come together to capitalize on people’s pain. But how many movies and music come out over the course of the year that promote useless violence, sex, drugs and all the darkest things that make up humanity?
Lonely Conservative put it best in his blog post:
President Obama spoke at a memorial service for the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Some believe his speech was political. I agree wholeheartedly but I’m not going to pile on that right now. People are grieving.
But something he said jumped out at me. He said “We can’t tolerate this anymore.”
When has our society ever “tolerated” mass murder?
What we do tolerate are the movies and television shows that glorify gun violence. I’ve read a few reviews of the latest Quentin Tarantino film, Django Unchained, and it sounds like a glorified blood bath. Of course, Tarantino makes no apologies, saying “I just think you know there’s violence in the world, tragedies happen, blame the playmakers. … It’s a western. Give me a break.” Talk about a cop out.
The star of the movie, Jamie Foxx, recently joked about how he got to kill all of the white people in the movie on Saturday Night Live. But now he’s saying Hollywood needs to examine the influence gun violence in movies has on people.
The timing is pretty poor for Foxx’s comments, considering his latest film may be the year’s most violent yet.
Foxx stars as an avenging slave in “Django Unchained,” the latest orgy of blood and mayhem from director Quentin Tarantino of “Pulp Fiction” fame. Foxx sees little irony in using the new film’s promotional circuit to pin some blame on violent movies for the massacres we read about far too often in the news.
Foxx said his peers ”can’t ignore the fact that movie violence can influence people.”
“We cannot turn our back and say that violence in films or anything that we do doesn’t have a sort of influence,” Foxx said in an interview on Saturday. “It does.”
That didn’t stop him from starring in the movie, and it probably won’t stop it’s release in theaters where the lunatics among us can see their fantasies come to life on the big screen. The violence depicted in the movie certainly didn’t stop it from leading the pack in Golden Globe nominations.
Even if you don’t go out seeking violent movies and TV shows, just watching a football game can bring the violence into your home during commercials. It happened yesterday when ads for Gangster Squad, starring Josh Brolin ran. Brolin also defended the violence in movies. He did make a few points that are also worth noting.
“When you’re doing something like that, you’re lending to the story that you already decided to do, so it’s not something like, ‘How do we treat this in a way that may be more respectful than not?’ You’ve already decided to do that type of film. It was a lot of fun doing it but at the same time, for a guy who doesn’t have any guns myself…I get a little nervous during that thing.
“Of course there’s a sensitivity. But you have to look at the grand scheme of things, from a universal standpoint,” he continued. “You have video games, you have psychopharmaceuticals, you have the lowest employment, you have parents that aren’t at home. There’s many, many different factors. You have CNN, which gloms onto the worst of what’s going on and not necessarily the best. There are many different factors, there’s no one reason. There’s always been violence in movies and there always will be violence in movies. And whether it lends to the one psychotic who’s out there and thinking the worst thoughts you can possibly think will always be a mystery.”
So, in his grand scheme of things, does piling on with increasingly explicit gun violence in movies help matters? I think not.
But there is something we can do about Hollywood – we can tune it out.
Exactly. And my point is this: America’s birth was a violent and bloody bath of mass murder at epic proportions. This country was born with blood on its hands and this is how this country will end for how you obtain something is often how you lose it. Violence, guns, murder, evil…all of that is bred in every citizen of this country. So excuse me if I roll my eyes at Beycareless who has a nerve to look teary eyed about the loss of innocent children when her husband’s entire career was based on his sligning crack to the community (where children suffered whether from having drug addicted parents or becoming addicts or dealers themselves) and then rapping about it (even to this day). And his former profession meant that he more than likely carried illegal weapons. Hell, she and Lady Gaga did Videophone and Telephone both involving senseless acts of violence (in Videophone, they both had guns a la Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart style). People need to stop acting new. Sandy Hook was a tragedy, but so were the other two hundred children in Chicago over the past year or so that have lost their lives to gun violence and in countless of other cities across the nation (including Trayvon Martin), and no one batted an eyelash about gun control.
I guess in certain worlds, they got 99 problems, but hood violence ain’t one.
These celebrities who are parents keep their children surrounded by twenty-four/seven protection because they have the money to do so. Their children’s schools and homes have the best protection money can buy and people like Goopy defect from America to Europe, blowing back into town to suck more money from the public and then return to their European husbands and children, but feel they have a right to contrinbute to a conversation. So for them to be outraged about anything, while their famillies do not even mix with the general population 98% of the time, is comical.
Do I want Hollywood telling me about anything inolving violence, religion, sexual orientation, racism, sexism, or any other topic when they violate the same things they supposedly stand against when they step away from in front of the cameras? Hell no. Why? Because they are part of the problem and not the solution. And the government banks on their mass influence to push bullish on the regular to keep us all a mass of ignorant sheep.
They do not give a flying frack about us.
In Andi’s 12/20, post an exchange occurred in the comment section that I believe will shed some light on what I am about to say.
Guest: Not her responsibility what parents allow their children to drink and it’s not her fault that people out there overeat and have no control. Moderation is the key.
Ivory Blogs: When it was Let’s Move or the gun control bandwagon or the Obama campaign, no one said it wasn’t her responsibility–they only say that when it’s something bad like her cayenne diet or performing for a dictator or the video game company employees losing their lifesavings.
Stans will follow her no matter what, yet she still flip flops from issue to issue like it’s nothing. And since when does Macdonalds/Pepsi promote moderation? A trolley (shopping cart) full of Pepsi isn’t moderation…If people overeat or over drink, why not promote fruit & veg or water? Because that doesn’t pay $50 million.
Guest: Macdonald’s/Pepsi don’t promote moderation but they also don’t promote overindulging. That is your responsibility. Eating unhealthy and overindulging can’t be blamed on celebrities. You can have some Macdonald’s and Pepsi without overdoing it. At some point, people need to stop blaming everything on Hollywood celebs and take accountability for their own life choices. They should’ve written this letter to the companies that make these unhealthy drinks.
The reason why problems don’t get solved when an argument (arugment meaning debate or discussion) occurs is because people are often debating about separate issues. The guest commentator missed the entire point of Andi’s post and what Ivory Blogs was trying to affirm. The issue is not about WHO is responsible for other people’s bodies, minds or souls, but the hypocrisy and greed and status hunger of entertainers like Beywicheverwaythewindblows who will support one cause and then another that is a complete juxtaposition of the first cause not even a few seconds later; who suffers are a legion of PEOPLE-adults and children alike-who maybe don’t have the mental fortitude to see through her fuckery and other celebrities who pedal/promote/support anything that helps THEM not YOU. The point is that we as consumers are so used to this type of behavior that we don’t realize that we are getting hoodwinked and gypped on false images.
It is a bullshyte cop out when those comment like those of the guest are spewed because at the end of the day, no man is a freaking island. Humans are social creatures who thrive off of one another. EVERYONE is either explicitly or tacilty influenced by anything. No one is wholly responsible for another adult and their actions, but to believe that we do not carry some responsibility for each other is exactly why we as a country are in the predicament that we are in. This generation is screwed because the last generation has fallen away from what our grandparents and ancestors taught us: that as a community, we can uplift one another to success as easily as we can tear someone down. This is why African-Americans don’t succeed when other groups do over here as a whole because they understand their responsibility to each other.
And to educate the ignorant on this matter: CORPORATIONS KNOW THIS TOO! Why do you think they hire anthropologists and sociologists and psychologists to study consumers and find out how to get them to buy their crap? Why do you think there is a McDonalds on every corner in a perdominantly African-American impoverished neighborhood? Why do you think they push their “celebrating black history 365 days a year” campaign/product on us so hard? They don’t tell you, “Eat a billion burgers in one sitting”, but if you only make $7 an hour working five days a week to feed your family of five and after rent are left with 50 dollars for food, and there are three McDonalds a block away from your house with dollar menus that will feed you and yours every day for the new two weeks until paychecks come, what will you most likely choose? Why does Hollywood set actions films with gun violence at PG13 when in places like Korea a movie like Transformers would damn well be closer to Rated R? Who goes to the movies the most in the country? Teenagers. If you don’t let your children watch violent cartoons or movies, but their friend’s parents are more lax, how do you think that’s going result on the playground at school or in class when little Tommy is showing them how to roundhouse somebody in the face or making guns with his hands during “Cowboy and Indians?
So now, we come full cirlce. It DOES matter if someone talks out of both sides of their mouths to increase their pockets, while potentially using their influence to cause harm to people. It does matter when someone says they are one thing and that they are 100% dedicated and geniune about what they choose to push and then pushes the antithesis of that stance the next day. And if it doesn’t matter to you, then it should. It’s sad that we are okay with this in our society, and it is ultimately what will be our down fall. Everyone is out for themselves. We have killed the instinct in us to nurture our community, loved ones and friendships. We have killed the spirit in us that says, “What I do and say matters because it could very well affect someone else. ” When people say write letters to the companies, yes you should. But you should also call out the people who endorse these products as well. They don’t pick celebrities to push their products because it’s cute. They do it because of the celebrity’s popularity and ability to increase profit. Get a clue.
Finally, I’m going to be honest. I believe that gun control laws are definitely necessary but I do question the timing of recent events that have happened coupled with the many laws over the past ten years that have systematically began to chip away at the very foundation of what makes an American an American. From the Patriot Act to the removal of habeus corpus, and so on, this country is begnning its transitioning to a place where the rights of the people will no longer matter to those who hold power.
Maybe December 21 was not the end of the world, but it was the beginning of something. A sizable shift of dark energy has been sweeping over this land for some time now and it feels like it’s getting worse. Gurd your loins folks.