Dear pompous millionaires who guard their assets, families, and persons with armed security:
Celebrities like you, who have interrupted the constant raping of each other to lecture the rest of America about “gun violence” are one of the main reasons Americans hate you. The other reasons are the sanctimonious lectures about how to live our daily lives. When many of you live your posh, daily lives funded by the exploitation of others. Rape. I’m speaking of rape. So as not to derail this letter, read Dear Hollywood: Your Reaction to Weinstein Proves You’re Disgusting, Amoral Hypocrites.
George and Amal Clooney recently announced they’d donate some coin to March for Our Lives, a group formed post Parkland Shooting. For what the March says is a march to petition Congress to “do something” about gun violence. That’s as about a specific a mission statement as Pelosi’s real age. The Clooneys have been joined by fellow virtue signaling millionaires Steven Speilberg and Oprah. With plenty of other ugly producers who may (or may not) be receiving a hand job from an aspiring actress. Allegedly.
Question: how many of you employ armed bodyguards? How many of you have armed security serving as sentries to your cache of houses? How many of you make or produce films which glorify “gun violence”? Please think before you speak. If thinking is too grave a hardship, have a screenwriter type out a few words for you.
Hollywood hypocrisy is as fresh an idea as the poor man with the “heart of gold” winning the heart of a rich heiress. Wishful stories written by men who were rejected by ladies in their youth. But I digress. To simply say “You’re all hypocrites” would be as useful as saying “Is it just me, or is James Cameron plagiarizing the ideas of other people, just with more special effects?” Obvious is as obvious does.
But I’ll say it anyway. Hollywood has built fortunes on the glorification of “gun violence.” Which it has every right to do. Free speech is still a thing in the Hollywood Hills of Perpetual Rape.
No, I’m not blaming any shooting, mass or otherwise, on Hollywood’s glorification of gun violence. For me, there’s but one person to blame for a shooting: the shooter. Not the tool he used to execute his evil. Not a father who didn’t love him. Not the mother who forbade him from eating Coco Puffs. The shooter is to blame for a shooting. It would’ve been nice had law enforcement done its job by heeding the signs, but there’s no use crying over spilled, non-GMO, vegan almond milk.
But why, oh why, is the onus of gun violence placed upon people who really have nothing to do with gun violence? Specifically legal gun owners and members of Congress. When celebrities such as yourselves demand we “do something” why not turn the reflection inward? Why not ask yourselves what kind of impact you’re making in our culture as it relates to guns?
Why is “gun violence” blamed on those simply upholding their rights to self-preservation?
It’s a rhetorical question. I know the answer. The Second Amendment is a right only certain people uphold and protect. Ergo it is those supporters on whom you cast blame. So scary and violent are these law-abiding citizens, you fear no retribution from them. As you malign people like them at every opportunity. Interesting.
Sorry, more digression. Point needed to be made.
Here’s my final point: we have two timeless adages I suggest you heed; one remarks on the foolishness of throwing stones in a house of glass, the other of accusing someone of the same nature which governs you. If you truly want to “do something” about gun violence, should you not start in your own lives? Should you not, in an act of leadership, lay down the guns protecting your homes, assets, and persons? Should you not call a ceasefire for guns in films? Television? Shouldn’t you, like Apple, replace your fictional weapons with green squirt guns?
Before demanding Congress and all of America “do something” about guns, shouldn’t you, as Americans, follow the same rules?
Of course, you won’t. You’ll continue to lecture America from your beach houses. You’ll write checks to causes for which you support (but do not live by). But know this: as you support causes which run counter to the safety of Americans who cannot afford to hire teams of security guards, your support will slowly dwindle. Audiences will tune out. You’re already suffering at the box office. The spiral into irrelevance won’t happen overnight. But so long as you lecture the rest of us on how to live our lives, without following the rules yourselves, eventually a tide will shift.
Eventually, Americans will “do something” about Hollywood hypocrisy. I doubt you’ll like how it ends.
~Written by Courtney Kirchoff