Thursday, December 20, 2012

STOP GUNS IN HOLLYWOOD: a Modest Proposal For Real This Time:

Just as Hollywood slowly took cigarettes and smoking scenes out of movies, due to lobbying from anti-smoking for good health reasons groups, I want to start a nationwide campaign now to lobby Hollywood execs and studios and writers and directors to TAKE OUT all gun scenes and gun-firing scenes from all Hollywood movies in the future, so that future movies will NEVER show guns or guns firing in any scene, even police movies, even car chase movies, even any movie at all. It might take 30 years of lobbying, but i can be done. Having lived in Asia for 20 years in Japan and Taiwan where gun violence on the streets is rare, when i watch HBO and other TV movie channels on TV here, nine of out ten USA movies have GUN scenes and GUNS firing scenes in violent way. WE MUST TAKE THESE SCENES OUT OF FUTURE MOVIE SCRIPTS and HOLLYWOOD MUST AGREE TO THIS MODEST PROPOSAL WHICH IS FOR REAL POST SANDY HOOK, and Hollywood can do this on a voluntary basis. Want to help me? Contact me at danbloom AT gmail DOT com

from SGIH, the name of my group for now, meaning STOP GUNS IN HOLLYWOOD

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Should smoking scenes give a film an R-rating?

New study argues that a more stringent rating for movies that feature smoking would drastically reduce the number of kids who pick up the habit.

Jul 10 2012

Should smoking scenes in movies automatically warrant an R-rating? A new study argues that they should.

In the study, which was published in a recent issue of Pediatrics, researchers concluded that kids who watch a lot of movies with cigarette-smoking characters, regardless of the film's rating, are more likely to start smoking themselves.

Researchers from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Lebanon, N.H., counted how many times a character was seen smoking in more than 500 top releases at the box office from the last few years. Then they put together random lists of 50 of these movies and asked 6,500 U.S. kids ages 10 to 14 which — if any — they had seen.

Comparing the data, researchers concluded that kids were exposed to an average of around 275 smoking scenes for films rated PG-13 and 93 scenes from R movies. They also found that kids who were exposed to the most "smoking-heavy" movies were more likely to start smoking themselves. In fact, for every batch of 500 smoking scenes the kids were exposed to, they were 33 to 49 percent more likely to try cigarettes over the next two years.

While I agree that kids who are exposed to smoking in media — whether it's TV, movies or online — are probably more likely to start smoking, I'm not sure that smoking scenes in and of themselves should warrant an R-rating. This is one of those studies that shows a link but not necessarily a cause.

Still, the researchers for this study argue that because kids tend to see more PG-13 movies, changing the system so that smoking automatically generates an R rating would reduce the number of kids who try cigarettes by 18 percent.

Do you think films in which characters are seen smoking should automatically earn an R-rating?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
This is an excellent idea! This Newton incident topic has just exploded on Twitter, everyone's still talking about it.

You know this may be one of those "rare" times that you can use Taiwan Gun Control laws as an example, because citizens are "not allowed" to own guns in Taiwan. But Gun Violence in American movies, it will always be a topic of debate, because Hollywood glorifies Gun Violence, it had become an industry culture, the question is not how to eliminated Gun Violence, but how to blend it properly in movies.

Like the movies you like, remember Michael Mann's "Heat"? That finale when they rob the bank, the gun battle was realistic, that I don't think anyone would have a problem with it.

Same thing with "Black Hawk Down", the realism of guns, rockets, gave the audience an in depth look on the impact of guns.

But when Hollywood makes movies like Clive Owen's "Shoot 'Em Up", that was really meaningless and the movie should never have been made, that was all about glorifying Gun Violence.

Yes, I would definitely like to see your voice being heard. I like the letter - especially to Christopher Todd - you notice how he's been keeping his mouth shut throughout this incident? Because he's afraid if he says anything about Gun Violence, people in the industry would say "are you blaming us for Sandy Hook now?" I think he wants to keep his job at MPAA by keeping quiet, ha!

I'm glad you are writing the letter to Todd, it's like testing the water, I'm eager to see if he responds.

-- LH, film director, Taiwanese-American based in USA