What do Movie People Say When Asked to Remove Guns from Films?

 

The new video from Project Veritas - James O'Keefe's merry band of guerilla filmmakers who have scored major hits on ACORN, NPR, and voter fraud - is a compelling watch. From the YouTube writeup:

@Project_Veritas investigators urge Piers Morgan, Oprah Winfrey's production company (Harpo), and Robert DeNiro's production company (Tribeca) to help ban all guns from past and future movies. With some disturbed murderers citing violent movies as the impetus for their crimes, would Hollywood elites agree to remove guns from their flicks #ForTheChildren? Or would money and fame supersede their malleable ideology?

To that end, Project Veritas asks a bunch of people involved in media and film if they would sign a petition to delete guns from old and new movies. The answers...will surprise you.

I'm less interested in the rank hypocrisy that surrounds debates on the effects of popular culture on behavior and more interested in the way that this video shows that by framing the debate differently you might actually have a really interesting conversation.

But wherever you stand on the issue of guns, violence, and movies, if you've ever watched a Merchant Ivory movie, you will enjoy this video.

And if Project Veritas's plan to delete guns from new and old movies sounds implausible, recall the big push to airbrush smoking out of movies and other forms of entertainment. (My favorite contribution to that effort was Joe Esterhas's heartfelt but stupid bit). Some years back, the U.S. government went full Orwell on the stamp honoring bluesman Robert Johnson. Click here for more egregious airbrushing of famous cigarettes from photos.

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  • Pro Libertate||

    DeNiro? Really? Come on, Bobby, guns made you wealthy.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    He's trying to sabotage our fledgling company before we make him obsolete.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Yeah, Jayne is all about guns. I mean, Jayne without Vera? No way.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    I mean, I guess Jayne without guns is still better than an average guy. But it's so plain we might as well just do some Flash Gordon sequel.

  • Pro Libertate||

    You know, someone should do a Flash Gordon or Buck Rogers using the same effects they used in the original serials.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Why are you so cheap?

  • Pro Libertate||

    I'm serious. Cast it normally, but use sparklers for rocket exhaust, use visible strings, film it in B&W, the whole nine yards. Tell me the critics wouldn't rave. Because they would.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Are you trying to be a hipster or something?

  • Pro Libertate||

    No, hipsters don't like Flash Gordon.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    I thought you were liking the effects ironically?

  • Pro Libertate||

    No, irony is only useful as a subtext. Just like PBR is only useful as an alternative to Heineken.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    My god, we got one of those minikegs of Heineken in college. What a horrible idea.

  • Pro Libertate||

    In college, alcohol delivery is like Malcolm X's philosophy: "By any means necessary."

  • Auric Demonocles||

    That's partially true, and that logic is why I didn't complain about drinking Don Cassack in freshmen year. But the thing is with this minikeg we had a choice in what to get, so it wasn't really 'necessary'.

  • Pro Libertate||

    How much Milwaukee's Beast could you buy for the same price, hmmm?

  • mad libertarian guy||

  • ||

    Excellent. I particularly liked Borky's latest album.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    Why the Michael Moore-style hidden camera tactics? Piers Morgans' house looks ugly enough without shaky-cam.

  • Hugh Akston||

  • Tim||

    I'm sick of James O'Keefe.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    Yes, but what is your opinion of Miles O'Keefe?

  • Tim||

    Is that porn?

  • Fatty Bolger||

    How about Georgia O'Queef?

  • ||

    That's a really cool blog.

  • ||

    The photo one, not O'Keefe

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I will be interested to see if leftists are any more disturbed by this guy using a fake dead child to push his agenda than they are at their side using real dead children to push theirs.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    No. Because they aren't disturbed at all by using dead children, real or imaginary, to move forward their agenda.

    They see the dead children in Newtown as martyrs to their cause; saints who died at the alter of making America gun free. To leftists, it's a worthy death because it can be exploited for political gain. They worship those children and thank them for their sacrifice towards progressive freedom.

  • MasterDarque||

    lol guns are killing machines - hell they made attack of the killer tomatoes why not a movie where guns become self aware and start killing people

  • prolefeed||

    That's called the "Terminator" series.

  • ||

    ban all guns from past [...] movies

    Is there going to be a Ministry (or Department) of Truth?

  • Number 2||

    "And if Project Veritas's plan to delete guns from new and old movies sounds implausible, recall the big push to airbrush smoking out of movies and other forms of entertainment."

    You have reminded me of the short-lived movement circa 1999 to place an R rating on any movie showing cigarette smoking. For the kids, you understand...

  • sloopyinca||

    "Guns are killing machines"...

    Gives me a great idea for a movie. Maximum Overdrive II: Electric Boogaloo.

    The title is in progress.

  • wingnutx||

    You know what this world needs?

    A huge guy, high on angel dust, to go apeshit at the Oscars with a couple of butcher knives.

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