Hollywood celebrities sign open letter urging filmmakers to ‘model gun safety’ in movies

Following frequent mass shootings resulting in dozens of deaths in America, many Hollywood celebrities like Amy Schumer, Shonda Rhimes and Julianne Moore have joined a group of over 200 Hollywood creatives seeking to reconsider the way guns are used and violence is portrayed. On the screen.

An open letter titled “#ShowYourSafety pledge” was posted and signed by over 200 showbiz artists. In the letter, they said the time had come to take gun violence in film and television more seriously.

Jimmy Kimmel, Judd Apatow, Amy Schumer, Eli Roth, Julianne Moore, Shonda Rhimes, Grant Heslov and Mark Ruffalo, among many others, have lent their support to the initiative.

The open letter insists that certain stigmatizing behaviors in fiction can lead to positive changes in real life. And that Hollywood storytellers can make creative changes to alter the way gun violence is portrayed on screen.

The open letter reads: “Like most of the United States, we are enraged by the recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde. Given that there have been more than 250 other mass shootings so far This year it’s an almost incomprehensible tragedy. Something has to be done. Guns feature prominently on TV and in movies around the world, but only America is experiencing an epidemic of gun violence. The blame lies with the lax gun laws backed by those politicians who are more afraid of losing power than saving lives.

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“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 change things. smoking, drink-driving, seat belts, and marriage equality have all evolved largely through the influence of movies and television.It’s time to tackle gun safety “, we read in the open letter.

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