Obama told donor Katzenberg to “think long and hard” about profitable gun violence movies
November 16, 2013
Violent films dominate Hollywood’s cinematic offerings.
Obama visited Hollywood on Tuesday during a fundraising swing and urged executives and employees to “think long and hard” about gun violence messages in movies. “We gotta make sure that we’re not glorifying it,” he told an audience at DreamWorks.
Hollywood leans heavily on violence in movies to entertain audiences. Earlier this month, it was reported that a study to be published in the December issue of Pediatrics found that PG-13 movies are now more violent than R-rated movies. “Violent encounters with guns occur, on average, more than twice an hour in the best sellers in both ratings categories, according to researchers, who worked with support from the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,” the New York Times reported on November 11.
In response to complaints about violence, Senator Joe Lieberman, the Connecticut Independent, has proposed a bill that would allow the government to fine companies that advertise violent movies to children. The ACLU said the legislation is reminiscent of the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s novel, Nineteen Eighty Four.
Obama owes a big favor to DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. The film industry mogul has donated extensively to Obama and Democrat super-PACs. Katzenberg is one of Obama’s most generous donors. So important is Katzenberg to Team Obama, in August the president held a nonscheduled private dinner with the former chairman of the Walt Disney Studios at a Los Angeles hotel.
- Obama Tells His Hollywood Allies to Cut Movie Violence (thedailyblogreport.wordpress.com)
- Obama praises job growth in entertainment industry (latimes.com)
- President Obama Quotes Roger Ebert in Economic Address at DreamWorks: ‘Kindness Covers My Beliefs’ (thewrap.com)
- Study: Gun Violence In Movies Doubled Since 1950 (entertainment.time.com)
- Gun violence in PG-13 movies triples (cnn.com)
- Study: Gun Violence has Tripled in Movies (voanews.com)
- Gun violence in PG-13 films tops level in R-rated movies (usatoday.com)
- Obama’s Hollywood searchlight finds firm of major donor (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- PG-13 Movies Now Actually More Violent Than R Movies, Study Says (slashfilm.com)