After recent news that have appeared concerning the different shootings that have occurred in recent weeks in schools, universities and elsewhere in the United States, the public and others involved in the world of cinema wonder, does Hollywood have some responsibility about acts of violence taking place lately?
Since Hollywood artists made a video condemning the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown (Connecticut) which killed 27 people, including 20 children, and after the shooting last week at the Lone Star College in Houston (Texas) where three people were injured, the vast majority of people, among which are some artists and film specialists, asks: Is Hollywood promoting free violence in real life?.
As usual in such matters there is always one who is in favor and who is against. The actresses and actors from the world of cinema, specifically the action films, have much to say about it. Some of them somewhat blame Hollywood.
One of the first to speak was the English actor Guy Pearce who has made films like "L.A. Confidential", "Memento", "Prometheus" and "Iron Man 3". He is among those who believe that Hollywood has some responsibility in all this: "Hollywood probably does play a role. There are films that use guns flippantly, then there are films that use guns in a way that would make you never want to look at a gun ever again. But I'm sure it does have an effect. As does video games, as do stories on the news. All sorts of things probably seep into the consciousness".
The Swedish actor and director Alexander Skarsgard who has acted in films like "Melancholia" and "Battleship", awarded the TV series "True Blood" and director of the short film "To kill a child", he goes a little beyond Hollywood and their influence: "When (NRA executive director) Wayne LaPierre blames it on Hollywood and says guns have nothing to do with it, there is a reason. I'm from Sweden. We do have violent video games in Sweden. My teenage brother plays them. He watches Hollywood movies. We do have insane people in Sweden and in Canada. But we don't have 30,000 gun deaths a year".
One of the actors who has joined criticize Hollywood as directly responsible for what is happening in the streets is Jamie Foxx. During the presentation of "Django unchained" where violence and blood are the main characters, the actor said "We cannot turn back and say that violence in films or anything that we do doesn’t have a sort of influence".
Although not extremely against on the subject of violence, artists like film director Quentin Tarantino says that he is tired of defending his movies every time something happens related about violence. In an interview with British interviewer Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Tarantino said he did not want to answer that question and answer excused started talking like one of the characters in his film "Django unchained" had been introduced into him: "I’m not going to tell you why I’m so sure. Don’t ask me a question like that, I’m not biting. I refuse your question… I’m not your slave and you are not my master. You can’t make me dance to your tune. I’m not a monkey".
Arnold Schwarzenegger, having returned to action films after having been governor of California for eight years, said: "It is such a horrific tragedy, but we have to separate out what is in the movies, which is pure entertainment, and what is out there in reality. When you have a tragedy like that and you lose so many lives, I think you owe it to society to do everything you can and look at everything dealing with mental health, parenting in America, are the schools safe, and do we have the right safety features in place, and should we look at gun laws again, and look if there are any loopholes that can be closed".
The Hollywood film studios also had a small gesture towards what happened in Newtown when Paramount suspended the premiere of "Jack Reacher" with Tom Cruise as star. The beginning of the film is that of a sniper methodically kills five people at random.
In regard to the television, the reaction was the same. The Fox television network canceled chapters "Family Guy" and "American Dad". The second series had in the chapter on that day the story of a demon who at Christmas punishes bad children. Something very normal, ironically speaking, whether it is Christmas and, above all, for the education of children.
Given these comments, do you think that Hollywood is partly responsible for the violence in real life or just is a way to blame someone for everything that is happening actually?