As part of the recent push for gun control, the improperly-named Mayors Against Illegal Guns—they’re actually against all guns—launched the campaign “Demand a Plan.” A key part of it is a video featuring A-list celebrities calling on Americans to demand a gun control plan from their elected officials. Problem is, almost all of these celebrities have made a lot of money waving guns around on-screen. The staggering hypocrisy of the video was too much for at least one person, who put together a video response to “Demand a Plan” that has since gone viral. Bluntly titled, “Demand A Plan—Demand Celebrities Go F*** Themselves,” it deftly intersperses the celebrities’ call for gun control with clips from their movies where they’re shooting guns.
For some reason, American society seems to idolize celebrities and actors much the same way Britons do royalty, even though they don’t actually do anything. Think about it: Their job is to play dress-up and make-believe, all while being paid huge sums of money, surrounded by people who constantly tell them they’re great. Is it any wonder they’ve lost touch with reality? Why anyone pays attention to what actors say offscreen is a mystery to me, but people do. While the list of celebrities who think with their heart—and in doing so, are strangers to logic—is very long, so here is a short list of “artists” who are publicly anti-gun, yet have no problem using guns to make money.
- I was actually disappointed to see Jeremy Renner in "Demand a Plan" because I really enjoy his work. He’s been burning up the screen lately, appearing in The Avengers, The Bourne Legacy, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, and yet still is apparently anti-gun. The viral video response to "Demand a Plan" makes sure to use lots of clips of Renner from The Town (2010), where he plays a bank-robbing sociopath fond of full-auto weapons. Apparently he thinks "hypocrite" is a small town in Greece.
Pictured: Renner in a publicity still for S.W.A.T. (2003).