“U.S. leaders need to address issues such as parenting and mental illness as well as laws on firearms when discussing ways to reduce gun violence,” Arnold Schwarzenegger urged in post-Sandy Hook comments reported by SF Gate.
Schwarzenegger, of course, made his name in violent hack/shoot-‘em-ups, but doesn’t see any connection between his on-screen reliance on armed solutions and the draconian gun edicts he endorsed and signed into law as Governator. That’s convenient in light of his newest body-stacking firepower orgy, “The Last Stand,” not to mention his real-life stellar examples of both parenting and an evident lifetime of disconnects his off-screen persona chronically exhibits in dealing with reality.
Another “action hero” with a new release coming out is Rambo himself, Sylvester Stallone, a Brady Center supporter who once advocated the government going door-to-door confiscating handguns (even those owned by women who might not see the humor about an anti-gun movie strongman with a concealed carry permit “joking” about injecting them with his fist).
“You don’t just kill a guy like that!” one of the actors in the trailer for his latest offering, “Bullet to the Head” wails.
“I just did,” Stallone mumbles back in one of those obligatory action flick one-liners audiences eat up.
These two are just high-profile examples of the type of Hollywood hypocrisy so brilliantly lampooned in a well-deserved send-up to celebrities who “Demand a Plan to End Gun Violence,” as it notes lofty principles taking a back seat to pyrotechnic paychecks.
Even more hypocritical than Schwarzenegger and Stallone, if that’s possible, was a lesser-known venture released in 2012 that shared their propensity for on-screen firepower, this time in the name of “satire,” as the normally anti-gun The New York Times excuses atrocities in its review of “God Bless America,” where a sociopath diagnosed with a brain tumor and his teenage girl companion go on an extended “gun violence” spree. The “biggest complaint” reviewer Stephen Holden had for the “comedy” was not that people were being slaughtered for the capital offenses of being inconsiderate and rude, which he felt may give his readers “a twinge of guilty pleasure” that “will make you laugh,” but that the film unfairly negatively portrays shows like “American Idol.”
What a strange sense of priorities.
Evidently in addition to executing people who use cell phones in movies and people who take up two parking spaces, no doubt giving reviewer Holden plenty of twinges (what is it with “progressives” and tingles over inappropriate things?), the “protagonists” shoot a baby, at least according to a gushingly admiring MTV interview (and that network’s anti-gun activism could fill a whole ‘nother week of columns) with writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait and “star” Joel Murray.
In truth, I can’t verify that, because, as Goldthwait charges, “Yeah, there’s been some comments on some of the nuttier conservative websites. But I’ve noticed that the people who are most upset about the movie are the ones who haven’t actually seen it.” (You can view the trailer here.)
Right. Only a nutty conservative website would find the whole concept of laughing at shooting sprees disturbing and more than a bit hypocritical when you consider who finds such efforts worthy of critical acclaim. I haven’t seen “2 Girls 1 Cup” either, but from what I’ve heard, it’s fair to conclude it’s disgusting and obscene without undertaking that ordeal (for any readers who have not heard of that, my suggestion would be to just let it go).
And for the record, no one’s upset about your “art,” BG, or insightful social commentary, or whatever the hell you want to convince yourself it is — that’s because it’s hardly influential enough to be anything other than a convenient vehicle to illustrate what a bunch of loopy, amoral, self-contradicting and spoiled children occupy the “entertainment” industry, particularly in its bipolar treatment of guns.
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