Friday, July 27, 2012

Fantasy Summit

In the wake of the Aurora, CO shooting, movie moguls Peter Bogdanovich and Harvey Weinstein are both offering up mea culpas for their alleged roles in influencing the shooter of the individuals attending the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises.

Bogdanovich’s mea culpa was offered up in a piece headlined Legendary Director Peter Bogdanovich: What If Movies Are Part of the Problem?, while Weinstein’s mea culpa comes to us in the form of a call for a summit, in an article headlined Harvey Weinstein Calls for Filmmaker Summit on Violence in Movies After Colorado Shooting.

Do these confessions make them accomplices and potential lawsuit targets?

In actuality, what these two men are doing is perpetuating the Hollywood fantasy, your “100% pure entertainment…source for movies”.  They are so wrapped up in the Hollywood fantasy that they naively believe that the entertainment they produce in the form of movies has crossed the threshold of amusement and diversion, fantasy, to active radicalization of individuals, much as claims have been made that the internet radicalizes Muslims.

In reality, what Weinstein and Bogdanovich are attempting to promote is gun control fantasy, as Weinstein himself acknowledges.

But Weinstein—an avid supporter of President Obama—suggested the No. 1 culprit is the lack of gun control and said it is time for politicians to “put up or shut up” on the issue.

“If we don’t get gun-control laws in this country, we are full of beans. To have the National Rifle Association rule the United States is pathetic. And I agree with Mayor Michael Bloomberg: It’s time to put up or shut up about gun control for both parties.

Yes, Mr. Weinstein, it is most definitely time for you to shut up about gun control and stick to creating amusing and diverting movies.

Posted by John Venlet on 07/27 at 09:55 AM
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