The year 2012 gave America a bright line up of films. Argo, Avengers, Dark Knight Rises, and The Hobbit were among the most notable and most seen flicks of the year. But in 2012, I found a striking similarity seen within the majority of the movies I watched. Violent. In some cases, the graphic nature of the violence was so heavy, I had to turn my eyes from the screen. But I walked out of that theater unmoved at the intensity of the bloodshed.
America has become numb to the bestiality seen in the theater and home on their high def TV’s. The obsession to gore and love of death has become a marketing tool for producers within the movie-making business. But, for many in Hollywood, money is more important than morality.
Of the Top 10 movies of 2012, according to CNN, five of the ten were rated PG-13 or R for Violence/Extreme Violence. The number one flick was Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. Beyond the controversy of Tarantino’s obsession for the n-word in the film, growing complaints surround the movie on his violent overkill.
Promoting the movie, actor Jamie Foxx said he believes violence in films does have an impact on society. His director, Quentin Tarantino, batted down such concerns. "It's a western," he said. "Give me a break." Associated Press movie critic David Germain described Django Unchained as containing "barrels of squishing, squirting blood."
The issue concerning our society’s growing gun problem lies not on the shoulders of the legislatures, but by the ones who carry our cultural influence. Nearly every single celebrity represented in this pro-gun control advertisement has appeared on camera shooting a gun and killing lives as a part of their role.
Not a single law restricting guns will keep murderers off the streets and school shootings from haunting our classrooms. It is impossible to legislate morality, because morality comes from within. Exposure to excessive violence tarnishes a person’s moral fiber.
Celebrities flaunt their success in assault and cruelty, where villains are made into heroes. Yet, these men and women of Hollywood fight for gun control, while advocating for violence in the name of their own success.