A quick Google search for “Hollywood anti-gun” brings up 5,480,000 hits. The same search with “pro” in place of “anti” reveals 85 percent fewer pages and articles about pro-gun Hollywood figures (806,000).
It’s a crude metric, but it communicates an important truth: the vast majority of the people in Hollywood don’t like guns.
And they’re at it again.
Director John Madden released a movie last week called Miss Sloane, which depicts an “insomniac, workaholic, grade-A ass-kicker” who takes on the big, bad gun lobby all by herself.
Elizabeth Sloane is working as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., when a thinly veiled NRA-type organization approaches her boss to ask for help drumming up support for the Second Amendment. But because guns are bad and scary (or something), she decides to join a competing firm and work to pass a piece of anti-gun legislation.
Cinematically speaking, the critics seem to enjoy the movie (7.5/10 on IMDB, 75 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), but the public? Well, too early to tell. According to Box Office Mojo, the film has only generated $57,000 thus far in its limited release. Something tells me that while it may have legs in big cities, this film will tank in middle America where gun ownership is properly celebrated.
That said, from a topical perspective, “Miss Sloane” marks the beginning of what could be an extensive anti-gun campaign from Hollywood.
With Donald Trump in the White House and Republicans controlling both houses of Congress, the anti-gun lobby has begun to look elsewhere to push its agenda. They’re losing in many state legislatures (though not all), so they’ve started pushing for ballot initiatives and Hollywood propaganda.
Madden’s movie is the latest example, but it’s certainly not the only one. Celebrities have never been shy about using their platform to speak out against guns. Matt Damon famously said to The Sydney Morning Herald that “you guys [banned guns] here in one fell swoop and I wish that could happen in my country, but it’s such a personal issue for people that we cannot talk about it sensibly.”
He went on to suggest that maybe Americans need to “evolve” further before “we can have that conversation.”
More recently, Matt Cooper’s romantic comedy “Is that a Gun in Your Pocket?” depicts a group of women who refuse to have sex with their boyfriends/husbands until the men give up their guns.
Another proposed movie from progressive Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein would “take on” the NRA and make them “wish they weren’t alive.”
“I shouldn’t say this, but I’ll tell it to you, Howard. I’m going to make a movie with Meryl Streep, and we’re going to take this head-on. And they’re going to wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them,” Weinstein said on the Howard Stern show.
As others have noted, anti-gun rhetoric from Hollywood represents the height of hypocrisy. The same celebrities and producers who speak out against guns portray guns favorably in their movies and make millions of dollars in the process.
Maybe instead of blasting a group of people they obviously know nothing about, Hollywood types should try to understand how guns can be used to save lives in the real world as well as on the big screen.