Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun-control organization funded by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, is now officially getting support from a large swath of Hollywood elites.
On Tuesday, the group announced the formation of its “Creative Council,” which consists of artists, directors, producers, actors, etc., that all believe in erasing the “scourge of gun violence.”
Leading the group is actress Julianne Moore, who will serve as the chairwoman of the Creative Council. According to a press release, the core values and principles of the new arm of the gun-control organization are as follows:
- We believe there are many common sense steps we can – and must – take right now to help save American lives from gun violence.
- We believe we have a responsibility to help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people – including convicted criminals, domestic abusers, stalkers, terrorists and people with dangerous mental illness.
- We believe in gun safety – that we have a responsibility to store guns safely, unloaded and out of the reach of children.
- We believe everyone has a role to play in reducing gun violence and that every action, no matter how small, helps bring us closer to a future free from gun violence.
- We believe the creative community has an opportunity to use our communications skills and the power of culture to galvanize many more Americans in the gun violence prevention movement.
In a nutshell, they want to use their celebrity appeal to push Joe public into supporting measures that infringe upon the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. It’s a clever tactic that will undoubtedly pay dividends. I know of at least one organization that has had great success leveraging celebrity clout and influence to dupe credulous individuals into adopting its cause.
To combat this latest development, the National Rifle Association (or Gun Owners of America or The Second Amendment Foundation) needs to start recruiting Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Vince Vaughn and the other pro-gun celebrities in Hollywood — ASAP!
Like it or not, we live in an age of celebrity worship. Logic, reason, a cogent and succinct display of facts has no traction, sway or persuasive power over the public compared to the nonsensical blabberings of a Justin Bieber or Kim Kardashian. That’s correct. Facts don’t have the same pull that fame does. So, we either fight celebrity fire with celebrity fire or we’ll start losing major ground on this issue, particularly with millennials.
Sure, you can dismiss this if you like. But check out the platforms that young people go to to get their news: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook — and look and see who they’re getting their news from. It’s not Fox News or CBS or ABC. Heck, it ain’t even CNN. It’s not really any news organization, it’s from people like Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Zoe Saldana — celebrities!
With that said, here are the stars that have joined the Creative Council so far:
JJ Abrams, Aziz Ansari, Judd Apatow, Christina Applegate, Kevin Bacon, Bob Balaban, Alec Baldwin, Elizabeth Banks, Ellen Barkin, Jason Bateman, Noah Baumbach, Kristen Bell, Kate Bosworth, Amy Brenneman, Jeff Bridges, Matthew Broderick, Ty Burrell, Steve Carell, Rosanne Cash, Josh Charles, Jessica Chastain, Don Cheadle, Sofia Coppola, Billy Crudup, Lee Daniels, Ellen DeGeneres, Laura Dern, Rachel Dratch, Kirsten Dunst, Michael J. Fox, Bart Freundlich, Jim Gaffigan, Greta Gerwig, Bill Hader, Chelsea Handler, Melissa Joan Hart, Todd Haynes, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ron Howard, Helen Hunt, Rashida Jones, Mindy Kaling, Donna Karan, Kim Kardashian West, Nathan Lane, Jennifer Lawrence, Spike Lee, Steve Levitan, Laura Linney, Aasif Mandvi, Seth MacFarlane, Katie McGrath, Debra Messing, Hasan Minhaj, Megan Mullally, Olivia Munn, Julianne Moore, Nick Offerman, Conan O’Brien, Ed O’Neill, Yoko Ono, Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow, Amanda Peet, Tracy Pollan, Mark Ruffalo, Meg Ryan, Zoe Saldana, Kristen Schaal, Amy Schumer, Adam Scott, Naomi Scott, Kyra Sedgwick, Sarah Silverman, Russell Simmons, Tim Simons, Michael Stipe, Liv Tyler, Reese Witherspoon, Jeffrey Wright, Sasheer Zamata