After Newtown, Hollywood Still Quiet on Guns

For Now, Michael Moore and Susan Sarandon Are Lonely Voices

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Published December 18, 2012.
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On television, the Fox broadcast network pulled graphic trailers for its upcoming serial killer drama “The Following,” and replaced Sunday episodes of animated shows “Family Guy” and “American Dad” to avoid what a network source called the airing of “any potentially sensitive content.”

The finale of Emmy-winning drama “Homeland” - which included a massive car bomb scene - was preceded with a disclaimer warning that some scenes may be disturbing.

AMERICAN PYSCHE AT FAULT?

Hollywood is often irked when movies and videogames are held to blame for the actions of Americans, some of them with mental health issues, who have run amok with guns in recent years.

“I think it’s always unfair to single out the entertainment business for scrutiny. There is something deep in the American psyche that is much deeper than videogames or movie or records,” the public relations executive said.

Despite the 12 people killed and 59 wounded by a gunman at a Colorado movie screening in July of “The Dark Knight Rises,” the Batman movie went on to make more than $1 billion at the global box office and is the second most-successful movie in the United States and Canada for 2012.

Thompson at Syracuse University questioned how much influence celebrities wield when expressing their personal opinions - whatever the cause - and especially on an issue like gun control that raises such passion in the United States on both sides of the argument.

“It is much more likely that that kind of speaking out gets people to change their opinion about a celebrity, not an issue,” Thompson said

Besides, he said, who really cares what random stars think about events as emotive as the Connecticut killings?

“Celebrities weighing in after something like this is perceived by a lot of people as tacky. The idea of expecting (their) opinion to somehow make anything better or different is, I think, perceived by a lot of people as self-centered hubris,” Thompson said.


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