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“Responsible for mass shootings”: Bill Maher “woke up” Hollywood for romanticizing gun violence

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Maher’s emotional outburst came as liberals continued to call for gun control following a series of mass shootings across the US

American comedian and political commentator Bill Maher recently attacked Hollywood for ignoring and romanticizing gun violence. In a recent episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” the 66-year-old HBO talk show host said that while Hollywood is the “weakest” place when it comes to other areas of social responsibility, there is no advocacy whatsoever, when it comes to ending gun violence. “Now that we live in an age of over-the-top corporate responsibility, where every major corporation in America bends over backwards to get on the politically correct side on every issue, Hollywood needs to tell us why gun violence isn’t one of them,” the comedian said .

“They have intimacy coordinators on set to oversee sex scenes, they hire sensitivity readers to review and edit scripts, Disney has bucked the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law, another studio has spent $10 million to get Kevin Digitally removing Spacey from a film, but when it comes to the unbridled romanticization of gun violence, crickets. Strange. The only thing we don’t call a trigger is what actually has a trigger,” Maher said. He also pointed to a pie chart detailing the causes of mass shootings, including issues such as mental health, easy access to guns, social media inciting envy and anger, and the “crazy amounts of gun violence in movies and TV. Are you telling me these cool guys aren’t influencing them?” Ethnic stereotypes and fat-shaming can’t be platformed, but a hero in a movie getting over a grudge by mowing down a multitude of people is still allowed.


In response to the recent mass shootings in Uvalde and Buffalo, Maher said film and television studios also need to acknowledge some hard-hitting facts. For example, the fact that “the average American child sees approximately 200,000 acts of violence on big and small screens before the age of 18,” and how the FBI says that a “fascination with violent entertainment” is a big red flag for would-be school gunners. It creates “a culture of justifiable violence,” Maher said.

According to Maher, guns are consistently featured in movies and TV shows as the best solution to life’s problems. “They call them action films. They should call them revenge movies,” Maher said. “Taking revenge on those who have wronged you is the theme of most action films made for young men and loved by them,” he added.

While reiterating that he neither advocates censorship nor organizes society around “what crazy people might do,” Maher added, “Every bad thought in all these movies is how to get revenge.”

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