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The Hollywood Violence Tax

This is a guest post from Reel Change reader Michael E. Douroux. Have decades of finger pointing and complaining altered in any way how the entertainment industry, centered in Hollywood, is cultivating and marketing — particularly to our young — gratuitous, graphic violence as a socially acceptable form of mainstream entertainment? No. I spent 25…

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The False Feminization of Hollywood

This is a guest post written by Evelyn Hunt. With the topic of gender equality, abortion, and women’s rights in the opinion and feature headlines of nearly every American publication as of late, it’s nearly impossible to ignore the fact that contemporary Americans seem to want to talk about feminism and what it means for…

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“The Last Stand” is a Tea Party Blockbuster

An early scene in The Last Stand finds three of its characters firing a giant handgun at a huge slab of beef. It’s an apt snapshot of a movie that fetishizes the use of firearms and places little value on human life. At this time when pundits and policymakers are considering the impact of movie…

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Obama’s Gun Plan Lets Hollywood Off the Hook

This morning, President Obama revealed his policy proposals on gun violence. The White House fact sheet pointed to 10 major policy proposals that the president will take to Congress, along with 23 executive orders that he will enact in the near future. As predicted, strengthening of gun control laws and ensuring access to mental health…

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Why Obama Won’t Regulate Hollywood

For the last two weeks, Vice-President Joe Biden has been working with Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and others to formulate policy recommendations on curbing gun violence in America. Biden will deliver those recommendations to President Obama today, and while no one knows precisely what they will be,…

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“Gangster Squad” and Why Winter is the New Summer

In the wake of the shootings last year in Aurora and Newtown, movie violence is under heavier scrutiny than we have seen in years. Many pundits and elected officials have raised the issue as a potential part of the problem of gun violence, but due to Wayne LaPierre’s polarizing press conference, it seems less likely…