'The only thing we don’t call a trigger is the actual trigger': Bill Maher SLAMS 'wokest' Hollywood for gun fetish
American comedian and political commentator Bill Maher recently lashed out at Hollywood for turning a blind eye to gun violence and romanticizing it. In a recent episode of ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’, the 66-year-old HBO talk show host said that while Hollywood is the "wokest" place when it comes to other areas of social responsibility, there's no advocacy whatsoever when it comes to ending gun violence. “Now that we live in an age of uber-corporate responsibility, where every large company in America bends over backwards to get on the politically correct side of every issue, Hollywood has to tell us why doesn’t that include gun violence,” the comedian said.
"They have intimacy coordinators on set to chaperone sex scenes, they hire sensitivity readers to go through and edit scripts, Disney stood up to the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law, another studio spent $10 million to digitally remove Kevin Spacey from a movie, but when it comes to the unbridled romanticization of gun violence, crickets. Weird. The only thing we don’t call a trigger is the one that actually has a trigger," stated Maher. He further pointed out on a pie chart detailing the causes of mass shootings, which included issues such as mental health, easy access to guns, social media creating envy and anger, and the “crazy amounts of gun violence in movies and TV." "You’re telling me these cool dudes don’t influence them?” questioned the talk show host, complaining how bad things like ethnic stereotypes and fat-shaming can’t be platformed, but a hero in a movie getting over a grudge by mowing down a multitude of human beings is still allowed.
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Reacting to the recent mass shootings in Uvalde and Buffalo, Maher said that movie and TV studios also need to acknowledge some hard-hitting facts. Such as the fact that "the average American kid views about 200,000 acts of violence on big and little screens before they turn 18" and how the FBI says that a "fascination with violence-filled entertainment" is a huge warning sign for potential school shooters. It creates “a culture of justified violence", Maher stated.
According to Maher, guns are shown repeatedly as the best solution to life’s problems in movies and tv shows. “They call them action movies. They should call them revenge movies,” said Maher. “Getting revenge on them that wronged ya is the theme of most action movies, which are made for and loved by young men,” he added.
While he reiterated that he’s not in favor of censorship or organizing society around "what crazy people might do,” Maher added, “Every bad thought in all of these movies is how to get revenge.”