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Hollywood producers urge colleagues to rethink guns in movies and TV: NPR


Screenwriter and television producer Shonda Rhimes, seen in 2019.

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Hollywood producers urge colleagues to rethink guns in movies and TV: NPR

Screenwriter and television producer Shonda Rhimes, seen in 2019.

Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

In the aftermath of the mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, a group of approximately 200 leading film and television producers, directors and screenwriters pledge to review the use of firearms into their storytelling and to incorporate gun safety as best they can. practices in their scripts.

The open letter, which was launched by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, has so far been signed by talents including Judd Apatow, Debbie Allen, Jimmy Kimmel, Bill Lawrence, Adam McKay, Shonda Rhimes, Mark Ruffalo and Amy Schumer, among many others. others.

In part, the letter reads as follows:

“Guns feature prominently on television and in movies around the world, but only America is experiencing an epidemic of gun violence. The blame lies with the lax gun laws supported by these politicians who are more afraid of losing power than saving lives.We didn’t cause the problem, but we want to help solve it.

“As American storytellers, our goal is primarily to entertain, but we also recognize that stories have the power to effect change. Cultural attitudes towards smoking, drunk driving, seat belts and marriage equality have all evolved due in large part to the influence of movies and television.It’s time to tackle gun safety.

“We’re not asking anyone to stop showing guns on screen. We’re asking writers, directors and producers to be aware of gun violence on screen and gun safety best practices .”

The pledge includes promises to show characters safely encasing their weapons and making them inaccessible to children; “have at least a conversation during pre-production regarding how weapons will be portrayed on screen and consider alternatives that could be used without sacrificing narrative integrity”; and limiting scenes involving children and guns, “bearing in mind that guns are now the leading cause of death for children and adolescents” in the United States

The letter concludes: “We are under no illusions that these actions are a substitute for common sense gun legislation. Further, this list does not incorporate all nuances of firearms into the screen. However, these are small things that we can do as a community to try to end this national nightmare.”


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