By Joey Magidson
Like everyone else, I was shocked and saddened by the tragic school shooting this past Friday in Newtown, Connecticut. The thought of little kids and their teachers being targeted is just sickening. The event even moved President Obama to tears.
There are two things that deserve the blame, above all else, for this and any other massacre like it: the gunman and his guns. But, seeing as we focus on Hollywood on this site, I think that we should be honest and acknowledge that the entertainment industry probably isn’t helping matters.
For me, the shooting in the Connecticut elementary school brought back memories of the mass shooting in a movie theater — another place in which we always presumed we were safe — in Aurora, Colo. on the July night earlier this year on which The Dark Knight Rises opened.
It was only a few months ago, but in the aftermath of that tragedy many in show business accepted that their glamourization of violence might he partially to blame for making a deranged guy want to dress up like The Joker and shoot up a movie theater. Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who had nothing to do with that particular film, even called for a summit on violence in movies. But as the news faded from the headlines, and therefore the public’s consciousness, so too did the motivation and willpower to do anything about it.
(It’s a sad irony that the most violent film of this holiday season is none other than The Weinstein Co.’s Django Unchained.)