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Variety columnist says Hollywood should consider the level of violence in movies (and push for gun control)

Universal pulled advertising for the upcoming movie “The Hunt,” in which wealthy elites pay to hunt down “deplorables.” Now the movie’s release has been pulled altogether, and not because of conservative backlash but out of sensitivity to the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton.
A week ago, Variety columnist Claudia Eller wrote about how President Trump had pointed the finger at violent films and video games while not pushing for stricter gun control. This week, she’s suggesting the motion picture do some soul-searching and consider toning down the violence in movies.
She does so, though, suggesting that what’s really to blame is Trump’s white supremacist rhetoric and refusal to do anything about assault weapons:
As I said in last week’s editor’s letter, I totally disagree with the president’s contention that violent movies and video games are motivating these shootings. How about pushing for stricter gun laws that would prevent just anyone from walking into a Walmart and purchasing a weapon for mass destruction?
Many in Hollywood have bashed Trump (rightfully so, in my opinion) for inciting violence and white nationalism with his choice of words and the hideous rhetoric he utters on Twitter and in interviews on the White House lawn. In no way am I advocating censorship, but given the heightened times in which we live, with unrelenting headlines about unthinkable acts, I think films like “The Hunt” raise a question for Hollywood: Should the industry look inward to examine the use of excessive, fiction-based screen violence?
Should it? We guess the answer is yes … the column just sort of trails off.
This is a bad piece. At 370 words, it barely scratches the idea of the surface. Your "point exactly" is that two anecdotal co-workers were queasy about "John Wick" and, of all all things, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"? If you're digging in to the topic, dig in. You waved.

Also, the fact that violence made someone queasy means what exactly? All I take from that is a need for certain people to take more time in deciding what movies to go to.

There's a weird subsection of America that doesn't want people enjoying things that they don't get to.

This article is written like a 100 level undergrad essay that got a C-. How did this article pass a review to be published?

They should really come up with some kind of rating system so that bad parent can be held accountable... Oh wait

If only we had a ratings system that warned movie goers that the movie they are about to see may not be for children and it also may depict scenes of intense violence and sex. Too bad such a system doesn't exist.

Of all the incredibly violent movies that have been made over the last 50 years, 'The Hunt' made them question this?

Did someone forget to write the second half of the article and they published it anyway?

Did I miss something? Is there more to the article after "My point exactly"? I'm missing the point here. You and 2 other people were uneasy re-watching two movies with violence in them. And?

OK, in case you’re wondering, here’s the “conclusion”:
When discussing this hot-button issue with two of our web editors, they pointed out that the horror/thriller trope of characters being hunted down has long been a staple of the big screen, and a huge cash cow (witness Blum’s “The Purge,” for one). Yet, they each admitted feeling queasy while watching gratuitous violence in the latest “John Wick” sequel and re-watching “Captain America: Winter Soldier.”
My point exactly.
Hollywood is supposedly peace loving & anti-gun yet it keeps making money off of violent movies.
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This is garbage. The only thing it accomplished was contradicting yourself. Coming from the co-editor in chief, you should know it's not worth posting.
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We’re still trying to remember the gratuitous violence in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

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