Oh, I’m sure NRA-members everywhere are sooooo scared.
From the Washington Times:
Movie producer Harvey Weinstein announced for the first time on Howard Stern’s radio show that he is making a full feature drama to try to destroy the National Rifle Association.
Mr. Stern asked Mr. Weinstein on Wednesday whether he owned a gun. The Hollywood heavyweight replied that he did not and never would. “I don’t think we need guns in this country. And I hate it,” the producer said. “I think the NRA is a disaster area.”
Mr. Weinstein then revealed his secret project about the gun rights group. “I shouldn’t say this, but I’ll tell it to you, Howard,” he said. “I’m going to make a movie with Meryl Streep, and we’re going to take this head-on. And they’re going to wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them.”
The shock jock asked whether the film was going to be a documentary. Mr. Weinstein said no, that it would be a “big movie like a ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.’”
The movie mogul said his vision was to scare people away from firearms. He foresees moviegoers to leave thinking, “Gun stocks — I don’t want to be involved in that stuff. It’s going to be like crash and burn.”
Right, the man who produced Pulp Fiction, The Gangs of New York, Sin City, both volumes of Kill Bill, and Inglorious Basterds totally hates guns.
Of course, people in the NRA demonstrate much more sane and careful behavior than what comes out of those movies, so maybe that explain Weinstein’s blood feud with the National Rifle Association. He thinks he knows things that are actually from the imagination of the entertainment industry.
Weinstein’s boasting isn’t surprising. Hollywood in general is openly and shamelessly hypocritical on gun control.
Even notorious gun banners make exceptions for Hollywood to get some income glamorizing guns.
But seriously, does Weinstein really believe his own PR? I am on the fence about that. On the one hand, he seems too smart. On the other hand, he may be delusional.
But everyone else, outside of Hollywood at least, has to know that the NRA is not going to notice the movie except to use it in their fundraising literature. It certainly isn’t going to hurt gun stocks or the firearms industry in general.
Weinstein is claiming he can do with fiction what even the unrelenting propaganda about Sandy Hook could not accomplish.
The only purpose of Weinstein’s boasting is to impress his Hollywood friends. For those of us who live in the real world, nothing he says matters.