Liberal comedian Bill Maher bashed the hell out of hypocritical Hollywood liberals this week for advocating loudly for gun control while simultaneously producing and/or starring in shows and movies brimming with acts of gruesome violence.
In a lengthy rant on the latest episode of “Real Time,” Maher sought specifically to ask the question everybody else refuses to ask: Why are Hollywood liberals so darn full of it on gun control (and so, so, so much else).
“Now that we live in an age of uber-corporate responsibility where every large company in America bends over backwards to get on the politically correct side of every issue, Hollywood has to tell us why doesn’t that include gun violence,” the rant from the popular liberal comedian began.
“When liberals scream ‘do something’ after a mass shooting, why aren’t we also dealing with the fact that the average American kid sees 200,000 acts of violence on screens before the age of 18, and that according to the FBI, one of the warning signs of a potential school shooter is a fascination with violence-filled entertainment?” he continued.
Watch the full rant below:
“It’s funny. Hollywood is the ‘wokest’ place on Earth in every other area of social responsibility. They have intimacy coordinators on set to chaperone sex scenes. They hire sensitivity readers to go through and edit scripts. Disney stood up to the ‘don’t say gay’ law. Another studio spent 10 million dollars to digitally remove Kevin Spacey from a movie. But when it comes to the unbridled romanticization of gun violence, crickets. Weird. The only thing we don’t call a trigger is the one that actually has a trigger,” Maher continued.
“If you make a movie today, you can’t show bullying, fat-shaming, girl chasing, gay baiting, ethnic stereotypes, or underage hookups where drinking is involved. You know, what we used to call comedies. But those things are bad, and everyone knows you can’t platform bad things. You know what you can still platform? One guy who’s the hero getting over a grudge by mowing down a multitude of human beings because no impressionable young male would ever imitate that,” he said.
He continued by pre-emptively pushing back on the criticism he knows he’ll receive from the far-left, which is that he’s just being a difficult contrarian.
“It’s just what’s real. There’s a pie chart of why mass shootings happen, and we don’t know exactly how much of each of the pieces is responsible, but the major ones are mental health that is broken; young men who feel like losers and want the world to hurt like they do; easy access to guns; kids having smartphones, which makes losers feel even worse because of the bullying; all the fake lives that look better than theirs; and yes, crazy amounts of gun violence in movies and TV,” he said.
“We don’t show movie characters smoking anymore because it might look cool and influence children, but you’re telling me these cool dudes don’t influence them,” he added as a montage of movie protagonists killing off the “bad guys” was played.
“It’s not just the idea presented over and over and over again that guns are the best solution to life’s problems. It’s why the hero is using a gun. They call them action movies. They should call them revenge movies because that’s the plot of every one of them. And there’s a sick similarity in the revenge fantasies Hollywood turns out and those of school shooters,” he said.
He then listed off a bunch of movies with just the words “vengeance” in their title.
“Getting revenge on them that wronged you is … all that happens in movies that are made for and loved by young men. It’s the male version of getting your groove back or Meryl Streep getting a big kitchen. Like every school shooter, our movie heroes are grievance collectors, and when it comes to action movies, there’s one story. He was a nice guy, but they pushed him too far and now it’s on. They took my daughter. They killed my father. They killed my fiancé. They killed my family. They killed my family again. They killed my puppy,” Maher continued.
“All of which doesn’t just create a culture of violence but a culture of justified violence. Liberals hated Kyle Rittenhouse, but somehow the liberal capital of the world is OK with making 500 movies about vigilantes. They hate it when gun people say it takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun, but then they endlessly produce movies with that exact plot.”
To be clear, the shootings committed by Kyle Rittenhouse involved self-defense, not vigilantism.
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Tying everything together, Maher stressed that he’s not calling for guns and violence to be eliminated from movies. Not all. He’s just pointing out how “the people who hate guns the loudest” are so very often full of it.
“Now, am I saying don’t make these movies? No, not at all. I’m never for censorship or organizing society around what crazy people might do. But don’t look me in the eye and tell me this isn’t a big part of the problem. Every bad idea a kid can get about how to handle feeling abused and disrespected is in all these movies, including the ridiculous cliché that if you are the good guy, the avenging angel who’s doing all the killing, you never get shot. And if you do, it’s nothing,” he said.
He then played a gruesome clip of “bad guys” being blown apart by gunshots in movies and said, “This is how bad guys get shot in movies.”
To contrast this imagery, he then showed a clip of a character played by actor Vin Diesel sustaining a wound and then magically healing it with a simple gauze.
“This is how heroes get shot. It’s nothing. You just put a little gauze on it. It’s nothing. It’s like a birthday punch. That’s the message from the people who hate guns the loudest: don’t worry about it if you get shot; the worst that’ll happen is you might have to sit beside the ambulance with a blanket on you,” he concluded.
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