This Video About Gun Violence Doesn't Understand That Actors Are Not the Characters They Play


This popular YouTube video is trying to make the point that the celebrities speaking out about gun violence in the “Demand a Plan” video are hypocrites. I get their point, but I think the video is pretty much bullshit.

Setting aside the fact that actors are not the same as the characters they play in films/TV — sorry to burst your bubble but Angela Lansbury doesn’t solve crimes all day and Neil Patrick Harris isn’t a boy genius* — violence in movies, and in entertainment in general, doesn’t make people violent. The people who are gonna be violent are going to be violent no matter what — I mean, if they don’t get the help they need, but even then, that’s not a guarantee — and what we should be concerned about is easy access to weapons and lax firearms laws.

I also don’t like how they led with the Jamie Foxx’s “killing all white people” joke. It made me uneasy. It felt like the video makers were preying on/targeting white people who are terrified that black men are going to sneak into their windows at night and kill them. I don’t know, did anyone else get that vibe? It just grossed me out and soured me on the whole thing.

But, perhaps most importantly, it’s a distraction from the real project at hand — stricter gun laws, better mental health care — the fights we need to focus our energy on. Honestly, anything moving that conversation forward is a benefit, and anything detracting from it is just tiring.

Plus, whomever edited this together used a scene from Freeway and I loooove that movie! Them’s some big ugly fuckin’ teeth you got, Bob.

Really, all this made me want to do was go watch some movies.

*actually, he might be.

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