Weapons: the laws must change, not the cinema


A series of killings has just taken place in the United States. Children are dead, shot at close range.

And how do some American artists react? They demand greater gun control…on screen!

Yeah, thing, the BIG problem is not that weapons are selling like popsicles on every street corner. The problem is that we see too many weapons when we go to the cinema. Hey misery!

To solve the obesity problem in the United States, why not control the number of hamburgers and chocolate cakes that we see on the screen, for that matter?


Two hundred artists, like Julianne Moore (whom I adore) or JJ Abrams (whom I also adore) signed a letter that I don’t adore at all. “We’re not asking everyone to stop showing guns on screen. We call on screenwriters, directors and producers to pay attention to gun violence shown on screen and to promote gun safety”.

Cinema is an art, produced by creators. Every time we talk about “controlling”, “moderating” or “interfering” in the creative process, it makes me cringe.

I don’t go to the cinema for:

1 – teach me a lesson;

2 – take a course in propriety;

3 – listen to an hour and a half of public service announcements.

“Promoting safe handling of weapons”, but what a farce! Movies are not there to “promote” anything.

You really have to have an urgent need to point out your virtue to co-sign a letter that proposes to transform an art that can sometimes be subversive and disturbing into Calinours propaganda.

Above all, you have to put your head in the sand to think for two seconds that if you see a character on the screen who takes care to put his switchblade on his gun, that’s going to change anything, whereas in the rest of society, weapons are as accessible as candy.

The first sentence of the letter signed by these 200 stars leaves me speechless. « Guns are ubiquitous on TV and in movies in every corner of the globe, but only the United States has an epidemic of gun violence. »

Well exactly! This is proof that it is American laws that must change and not American cinema or American television.


I imagine very well what the film would look like The Godfather if it was produced today.

One of the classic scenes in the movie takes place after Paulie’s murder, when Clemenza says to Rocco « Leave the gun – take the cannoli. » », « Leave the gun, take the pastries (a phrase improvised by actor Richard S. Castellano).

In 2022, the Charity Committee Responsible for Script Review (CBRRS) would dictate that the line be: « Don’t leave that gun on a car seat, you never know who might get their hands on it, a kid might kill a innocent. And above all, leave these pastries which have a level of saturated fat far too high”.

You don’t mess with the mafia of straightness.



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