Bill Maher called out Hollywood last week after an ongoing national debate on gun control in the United States. The HBO host told viewers that the film and television industry should admit it’s role in “romanticizing gun violence”.
Maher presented a new argument to the table on Real Time, accusing Hollywood’s “woke” identity as faded, due to it’s suggested glorification of gun violence and murder.
“It’s funny, Hollywood is the wokest place on Earth in every other area of social responsibility,” he said on Friday.
“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.”
Maher’s take comes after a number of horrific mass shootings across the USA this month. Recent political news now reports a number of actions within the Senate to help address the issue of gun violence across the country.
“They hate it when gun people say it takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun, but they endlessly produce movies with that exact plot,” Maher exclaimed last week.
Maher pondered the good in a statistic suggesting that children are exposed to over 200,000 violent film scenes before reaching their eighteenth birthday. The comedian continued, noting, “According to the FBI, one of the warning signs of a potential school shooter is ‘a fascination with violence-filled entertainment'”.
Maher has spoken on a number of occasions on America’s gun debate, previously admitting his curiosity as to why the US has such an obsession with weapons.
Back in 2012, appearing on CNN, the host said: “Maybe sometimes you need them [guns]”.
“But this country just has a very bad relationship with guns”, he added.