This will end well:
A day after he announced he was going to make a film taking on the NRA with Meryl Streep, Harvey Weinstein — the producer of several violent films — told CNN’s Piers Morgan in an interview to air tonight that he has had a change of heart about violent content in film. Asked by Morgan about his hypocrisy of making these violent films, Weinstein said, “They have a point. You have to look in the mirror, too. I have to choose movies that aren’t violent or as violent as they used to be. I know for me personally, you know, I can’t continue to do that. The change starts here. It has already. For me, I can’t do it. I can’t make one movie and say this is what I want for my kids and then just go out and be a hypocrite.” He added that he would make a movie like Lone Survivor, “a tribute to the United States special forces,” but “I’m not going to make some crazy action movie just to blow up people and exploit people just for the sake of making it.”
Harvey is channeling the left’s “New Civility” lockstep initial reaction to the Tuscon shooting in January of 2011 of Democrat Gabrielle Giffords, Bush #41-appointed Federal Judge John M. Roll, and over a dozen other victims killed or wounded. Recall that CNN vowed on the air to avoid using gun metaphors — until it dusted off the Crossfire brand name last year, rightly earning Sarah Palin’s contempt for their hypocrisy. Similarly, MSNBC suggested considering eliminationist rhetoric as the equivalent of racist hate speech, until Martin Bashir managed to combine both racialist hate speech and elimination rhetoric in one spectacularly toxic rant.
So let’s see what product rolls out over the next few months and years under the Weinstein imprimatur, and compare it to his promise yesterday. Oh, and speaking of Harvey’s hypocrisy:
It’s also worth noting that one of the things Weinstein was discussing on the [Howard] Stern show was a project he was working on about a film depicting Jews resisting the Nazis during the Holocaust. When the libertarian-minded Stern asked Weinstein whether it was inconsistent to make a movie about people using guns, the movie mogul replied that such conduct was justified in the context of the Nazis’ genocidal plans. He’s right about that.
That’s certainly a worthy concept for a motion picture, but perhaps not from someone who just a few years ago produced a film based on a bestselling novel by a German author written to justify his nation’s postwar excuse that they were clueless that the Holocaust took place.