It would seem that when shootings occur, violent movies are often the target and Quentin Tarantino is no stranger to criticism especially when guns are involved.
The entire country was devastated after last month’s Sandy Hook Elementary School murders in Newtown, Connecticut. Out of the twenty-six people who were killed; twenty of them were children. It is hard to imagine that anyone escaped shedding a tear.
Tarantino films like “Inglorious Bastards” and the infamous “Pulp Fiction” has certainly made him an easy target due to their violent nature as many feel compelled to point the finger at the movie industry when killings of this magnitude occur.
His latest work “Django Unchained”, a western that could possibly be considered a blood bath was released days after the Newtown incident. When you cross western with Tarantino, what do you expect?
The New York Daily News reports on Saturday that the director insists that comments linking films to the Sandy Hook tragedy is disrespectful to the victims and many fans would agree.
Tarantino recently shared with NPR, “I’m really annoyed. I think it’s disrespectful to the memory of the people who died to talk about movies. Obviously, the issue is gun control and mental health.”
Do violent films create violence? That ranks right up there with disturbed individuals killing others because of the lyrics of a song.
His work can be described as disturbing without a doubt but, to imagine that the creation of these films are responsible for viewers mimicking the films could be considered ludicrous and at the very least unfair.
The blame game is nothing new and it’s no big secret that people from all over the country have engaged in verbal debates about gun control as a direct result of this tragedy.
Unfortunately, the entertainment industry still seems to be dragged through the mud at the wake of senseless acts as well.
When something disastrous happens at the hands of a disturbed individual it would seem to be more therapeutic for everyone if people would concentrate on expressing empathy out of respect for those grieving.
There are schools all over the United States implementing new safety procedures and protocols since the Sandy Hook incident and that has got to be undoubtedly a positive step forward for our children.