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briefing session with the comedienne
in the writers' room and
" keyed [her] in on how there are
some facets of gun policy in America
that are stranger than fiction. "
After four seasons, the show ended
criminals-and who don't have
access to the security squads that
NBA and Hollywood stars do-is an
issue that, not surprisingly, is never
addressed.
And in the years before being
just a few weeks later.
A week after the 2016 Orlando
nightclub terrorist attack, Everytown
reportedly provided the
talking points to the writing crew
for John Oliver's HBO show " Last
Week Tonight " pertaining to the
1996 Dickey Amendment, a law
aimed at restricting federal funding
for gun-control advocacy by the
Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. Oliver concluded the
segment by urging his viewership
to petition their representatives to
repeal the Dickey Amendment.
Furthermore, the show " The
Good Wife " featured an episode in
which a gun-store owner's liability
was questioned after the death of a
young girl.
And in 2015, a slate of stars,
including Kate Walsh, Elizabeth
Banks, Julianne Moore and Mark
Hamill, got involved in promoting
a viral #WearOrange campaign
as part of Everytown's larger Wear
Orange Weekend to mark National
Gun Violence Awareness Day
each June. According to the " Wear
Orange " website, the occasion
started in commemoration of the
tragic death of teen Hadiya Pendleton
in 2013.
" Orange is the color that Hadiya
Pendleton's friends wore in
her honor when she was shot and
killed in Chicago at the age of 15-
just one week after performing at
President Obama's 2nd inaugural
parade in 2013, " the opening page
states. " After her death, they asked
us to stand up, speak out, and Wear
Orange to raise awareness about
gun violence. Since then, orange has
been the defining color of the gun
violence prevention movement. "
The organization seeks to send a
" powerful message " and " get closer
to realizing a future free of gun violence, "
but what is muddled in the
movement is that Hadiya was killed
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in the collateral damage of rival gang
violence ripping through the streets
of Chicago by known criminals.
And in late 2015, it was
announced that award-winning
film director Spike Lee, who is also
a member of Everytown's Creative
Council, had partnered with the
National Basketball Association
(NBA)-sponsored by Everytown-to
launch a series of television advertisements
starring the sport's biggest
names calling for more gun control.
But the fact that law-abiding
Americans are simply seeking to
defend themselves and their loved
ones from those very same violent
freedom
hauled off to prison for rape, the
then-powerhouse producer Harvey
Weinstein went on to champion
his part in the anti-gun crusade by
appearing on Piers Morgan's CNN
show in 2014 and declaring, " You
have to look in the mirror, too. I
have to choose films that aren't
violent or aren't as violent as they
used to be. "
It didn't stop him from producing
the western " Jane Got a Gun, " or the
violence-swathed Quentin Tarantino
movie " The Hateful Eight " the
following year.
Moreover, weeks after the " Times
Up " pins went viral at the 2018
Golden Globes, in response to the
Weinstein showdown and to show
solidarity against sexual harassment
in the industry, Everytown went on
to create orange anti-gun pins for
the 2018 Oscars. These were reportedly
sent to the top talent agencies
to distribute on the carpet " to help
spread the word. "
While the prospect garnered
Like too many in Hollywood,
Julianne Moore is both an actress
who uses guns in films and an
anti-Second Amendment activist.
a ton of pre-event attention, with
dozens of articles espousing how
and why stars would be donning the
small flag pins on the red carpet, little
was said or photographed about
it during or after the star-studded
event.
Hollywood Isn't Giving
Up Its Guns
While left-leaning Hollywood stars
and their studio bosses typically
don't hesitate to espouse gun control
on their personal platforms, when it
comes to making money from their
day job, most of them have no trouble
pulling triggers.
Universal Studios didn't shy away
from heavy marketing of its $120 million
" Jason Bourne " franchise with
Matt Damon donning a gun across
billboards and posters and trailers
and subway slides, propelling the star
into the awkward position of having
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