Is Hollywood to Blame for Newtown?
Many in the media say yes, but not all agree
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2012 11:34 AM CST
This undated publicity image released by The Weinstein Company shows Leonardo DiCaprio as Calvin Candle in "Django Unchained," directed by Quentin Tarantino.   (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Andrew Cooper, SMPSP)

(Newser) – Everyone's talking about the need for gun control and mental health treatment in the wake of the Newtown school shooting, and Peggy Noonan is on board with reform in both areas. But there's a third area she thinks sorely needs to be addressed: "our national culture ... of death." Violent movies, TV shows, and video games have "a bad impact on the young and unstable who aren’t sturdy enough to withstand and resist sick messages and imagery," Noonan writes in the Wall Street Journal. Republicans can't get anything changed, because Hollywood doesn't respect them—but if President Obama "tells Hollywood it has made America sicker, Hollywood will be forced to listen." (Full column here.) But while Noonan isn't the only one blaming Hollywood, others aren't buying it:

  • On Mediaite, Noah Rothman rounds up the "lamentable parade of falsehoods and half-truths" currently winding through the media. "To indict entertainment, and video games in particular, is a self-serving instinct and irresponsible broadcasting," he writes. In fact, violent crime—particularly gun crime—has gone down as video game playing has gone up. "No movie or video game drove Lanza to murder 20 first graders in cold blood," Rothman writes, and to blame the entertainment industry is "baseless scapegoating." (Full column here.)
  • Quentin Tarantino feels similarly. He's apparently tired of having to defend his violent films: At a press conference for Django Unchained Saturday, he said, “I just think you know there's violence in the world, tragedies happen, blame the playmakers. It's a western. Give me a break." He added that only the perpetrators should be blamed, the Independent reports. Django saw its premiere tonight canceled in light of the shooting.

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Jan 4, 2013 5:15 PM CST
Blaming movies and games are as senseless as blaming guns. Not everybody that plays violent video games are mass murderers, just as not everybody that owns an assault rifle is a mass murderer, or every Kennedy that drives a car is a drunk driving killer (Ted Kennedy's car killed more people than my AR-15). Stop blaming everybody but the dumbazz that commits the crime. Violence happens because of crazy people. The only defense against a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
Dec 25, 2012 7:59 PM CST
Weak DNA, horrible parents, reality fake TV shows, giving everyone a trophy even when they lost, constant promotion of the gay lifestyle and parents not spanking that azz. Here's one flip that you won't hear on mainstream news, that all these events were committed by the white male.
Dec 21, 2012 9:12 PM CST
Absolutely not. Mass murderers are insane. Movies don't make people insane. Crazy people have been doing this throughout history. Now they have 100 round drums for their weapons. America now has the best equipped mass murderers in the world.