Variety columnist says Hollywood should consider the level of violence in movies (and push for gun control)

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As Twitchy reported a week ago, Universal pulled advertising for the upcoming movie “The Hunt,” in which wealthy elites pay to hunt down “deplorables.” Now the movie’s release has been pulled altogether, and not because of conservative backlash but out of sensitivity to the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton.

A week ago, Variety columnist Claudia Eller wrote about how President Trump had pointed the finger at violent films and video games while not pushing for stricter gun control. This week, she’s suggesting the motion picture do some soul-searching and consider toning down the violence in movies.

She does so, though, suggesting that what’s really to blame is Trump’s white supremacist rhetoric and refusal to do anything about assault weapons:

As I said in last week’s editor’s letter, I totally disagree with the president’s contention that violent movies and video games are motivating these shootings. How about pushing for stricter gun laws that would prevent just anyone from walking into a Walmart and purchasing a weapon for mass destruction?

Many in Hollywood have bashed Trump (rightfully so, in my opinion) for inciting violence and white nationalism with his choice of words and the hideous rhetoric he utters on Twitter and in interviews on the White House lawn. In no way am I advocating censorship, but given the heightened times in which we live, with unrelenting headlines about unthinkable acts, I think films like “The Hunt” raise a question for Hollywood: Should the industry look inward to examine the use of excessive, fiction-based screen violence?

Should it? We guess the answer is yes … the column just sort of trails off.

OK, in case you’re wondering, here’s the “conclusion”:

When discussing this hot-button issue with two of our web editors, they pointed out that the horror/thriller trope of characters being hunted down has long been a staple of the big screen, and a huge cash cow (witness Blum’s “The Purge,” for one). Yet, they each admitted feeling queasy while watching gratuitous violence in the latest “John Wick” sequel and re-watching “Captain America: Winter Soldier.”

My point exactly.

We’re still trying to remember the gratuitous violence in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”


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