Bill Maher calls on Hollywood studios to be super awake on all but the most obvious issues — its own culture of gun violence and revenge, and the role those images play in actual mass shootings.
Bill took after the issue on Friday night’s episode of his HBO show, “Real Time”… pointing out that Hollywood bends over backwards to be politically correct, but “when it comes to the unbridled romance of violence army? Crickets.”
Responding to the recent mass shootings in Uvalde and Buffaloand the growing cry for Congress to “do something”… Maher said film and television studios also need to acknowledge some cold hard statistics.
Like the fact that the average American child sees an estimated 200,000 acts of violence on the big and small screens before they turn 18 – and the FBI says a “fascination with violent entertainment” is a huge warning sign for potential school shooters.
From Uvalde, Matthew McConaughey — and others — have implored the politicians to do something on access to firearms, including assault weapons. Maher says, of course, that’s also part of the problem, as is the film industry’s fascination with showing gun violence.
He’s fully aware that the left will think he’s doing the work of right-wing Republicans or even the NRA, but he approaches it squarely. He also doesn’t call for censorship of action/shoot ’em up movies – which he points out, quite hilariously, should actually be called revenge movies.
What he’s saying though is that Hollywood needs to call him by his name. I have to admit Bill hit the nail on the head when he said, “The only one we don’t call a trigger is the one that actually has a trigger.”