Advocates of the National Rifle Association are taking aim at Harvey Weinstein after reports that the tough-talking Hollywood mogul is planning to produce a scathing movie about the pro-gun lobby.
“They’re going to wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them,” Weinstein reportedly said of the NRA during a Thursday radio interview with Howard Stern. Weinstein, a noted supporter of President Obama, said the movie will be a vehicle for Meryl Streep and treat the issue “head-on,” according to an audio clip posted by Mediate.
Needless to say, gun lovers on social media are not reacting well to the news.
â€” John (@zosodragon1969) January 16, 2014
http://t.co/s5bHom2ipX BOYCOTT THIS MOVIE!! Enough with the 2nd Amendment attacks. Bet they have their own armed guards though!
â€” Maureen O'Connell (@MaureenShilaly) January 16, 2014
â€” ANJRPC (@A5H0KA) January 16, 2014
If Harvey Weinstein needs the police for any reason, send him two without guns http://t.co/sfDP1thC8S
â€” NewAmericaNow (@NewAmericaNow09) January 16, 2014
Ignoring Fact That Gun Control Caused The Holocaust, Jew Harvey Weinstein Announces Film He Vows Will End Guns in US
â€” Bittner Wheatley (@Bittnersmb) January 16, 2014
The Facebook page for the Weinstein Company is also being inundated with criticism. Several users stopped by to leave one-star reviews along with angry comments. “Pathetic lefty moron, carrying water for the failed Obummer administration!” one user griped.
The news has also stirred debates over the perceived hypocrisy of such a project coming from Weinstein, who made a killing in the 1990s distributing decidedly violent offerings from Quentin Tarantino. “Isn’t it ironic that a man who made his fortune through ‘Reservoir Dogs’ and ‘Pulp Fiction’ is taking such a stance against guns?” one person commented on Mediate.
Others countered that such movies, while violent, do not glorify guns. In fact (spoiler alert!) nearly all the main characters in “Reservoir Dogs” die.
A spokesperson for the Weinstein Company did not respond to a request for comment. According to Deadline.com, Weinstein confirmed the film and Streep’s involvement, saying the movie will be titled “The Senator’s Wife.”
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