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to condemn his firearm-toting image
in lead-up interviews. Yet the messaging
was still swell for the movie's
bottomline. As the first movie in the
series, it amassed almost half a billion
dollars.
" Everytown has been a hilarious
failure for changing Hollywood and
a huge success getting actors and
actresses to fight against gun ownership.
Look at the much-celebrated
movie 'Black Panther,' " said Dan
Gainor, vice president of Business
and Culture at the Media Research
Center, referring to the 2018 hit.
" It was filled with violence and 163
separate shootings. Where was the
media criticism? Oh, that's right,
there wasn't any. Because the movie
was 'woke.' "
He said, simply, that the top movies
are mostly escapist and violent.
" If Hollywood changes that,
someone will make those movies
and viewers will find a way to watch
them, " Gainor said. " The top two alltime
grossing movies-'Avatar' and
'Avengers: Endgame'-are filled with
violence. They grossed a combined
$5.5 billion. That's not going away
anytime soon. Hollywood simply
doesn't make many powerful dramas
anymore. "
Gainor also acknowledged that
the industry could " always do a better
job " when it comes to responsible
portrayals of gun use and that
the question around Hollywood
hypocrisy, essentially whether one
should take an anti-gun stance while
starring in shoot-em'-up content, is
a question each person has to ask
themselves.
" Actors are often not the decision-makers
on these types of matters,
but they can say 'no' if they don't
want to portray a particular character, "
he said. " It's up to producers,
directors, writers and ultimately
studios to decide how and if guns are
portrayed on screen. "
Celebrities have fawned over President
Joe Biden's (D) moves to enact
further gun control, yet the ever-popular
action/adventure genre rarely
depicts plot lines with individuals
sensibly undergoing tactical training
or undertaking lawful self-defense
measures. Instead, the Left subculture
that is Hollywood seems happy
to boost bottom lines with illustrations
of gun-wielding criminals even
as they embrace gun-control doctrine
that skewers average Americans who
want to exercise their gun rights.
But for those stars who are continuing
their anti-gun advocacy
with backing from Everytown, it
still remains murky as to precisely
what they are fighting for. Moore, for
example, often says it isn't a Second
Amendment issue but " about safety. "
She also often draws nonsensical
comparisons to " the drive to improve
automobile safety in the 1970s. "
The only concrete thing these
celebrities say they want is " universal
background checks, " even
though checks already exist for the
law-abiding.
Cue the head scratch.
Occasionally, some stars pay a
price for espousing one thing but
profiting from it at the same time.
For one, " Star Wars: The Force
Awakens " lead actress Daisy Ridley
in 2016 penned an Instagram post
in solidarity with young relatives of
victims of murderers who appeared
at the Teen Choice Awards. Yet commenters
quickly called Ridley out,
accusing her of hypocrisy because of
the violence depicted in the hit film.
She quit the social-media platform
under the guise of " harassment. "
Yet there remains a slither of brave
screen stars who are willing to show
support for the Second Amendment;
for example, the star of the
recent Netflix reality sensation " Bling
Empire, " billionaire Chinese-American
businesswoman and fashionista
Christine Chiu, garnered attention
with a fleet of Instagram videos and
posts showcasing her shooting skills
at a local gun range. She was decked
out in designer attire and made
on-screen comments about wanting
to protect herself and her family.
And in terms of the real world,
far removed from the bubble of the
reel world, the anti-gun spiel seeping
from the Everytown-influenced
Tinseltown appears to have had little
effect. A difficult 2020 brought about
an unprecedented number of background
checks for likely gun purchases
across the country and saw a
swell of women and minorities joining
the ranks of new gun owners.
Women encompassed 40% of all
gun purchases over the pandemic
and riot-riddled year, while purchases
from Black men and women
escalated by 58% between 2019 and
2020, amid concerns over personal
safety while calls to " defund the
police " soared across large swaths of
the country.
According to Carey Warren,
owner of the media and entertainment
public relations firm Coterie
Media, if Everytown's six-year
endeavor had been successful, gun
sales would have been reduced.
" Instead, gun sales have increased,
for the most part, year over year.
In 1999, total gun sales were a little
over 9 million. In 2016, they were 25
million. So, obviously, something's
not working in relation to their messaging, "
he said. " Hollywood is all
about filling the seats and selling
the popcorn. "
Warren also pointed to the recent
number-one box-office success of
" Nobody, " a story about a retired
mob " auditor. "
" The theme of that movie is far
from anti-gun, " he said. " Hollywood
knows they have to make money
and will use any device possible
to make it. "
So, what are the results?
" The [lead actor] doesn't want to
learn to use a gun properly, so it has
been a battle for [responsible] use
since the start, and now there are
more 'advisors' entering the writers'
room to spin anti-gun storylines, "
lamented one technical advisor and
writer on a hit, long-running television
series focused on first responders
and, thus, gun use. " And now
there is a push to have it canceled for
next season, in favor of a show more
politically correct for the times. "
It seems that while Everytown's
protracted campaign has garnered
only a few small-scale propaganda
wins, its efforts are far from over.
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