Some are openly speculating as to whether or not there will be a backlash to the release of the new film, “Django Unchained” as a result of the recent killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. One reason that some think there could be a negative public reaction is because one of the film’s stars, Samuel L. Jackson, feels that gun control is not necessary, in spite of what happened to those kids.
“I don’t think it’s about more gun control,” Jackson said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “I grew up in the South with guns everywhere and we never shot anyone. This [shooting] is about people who aren’t taught the value of life.”
Jackson seems to believe that with good parents teaching their kids not to go out and kill people, it doesn’t matter if there are assault weapons available on on living room mantle. Jackson’s assertion that no one was killed in the south during his day is contradicted by the reputation of the south as a place where black people were killed on a regular basis. Also, the weapons of today are not the weapons of yesterday: Jackson’s not a young man.
Jackson stars in the new film, “Django Unchained,” alongside Kerry Washington and Jamie Foxx. The film has already received five Golden Globe nominations, but Jackson’s words could cause controversy in a country that is growing sick of gun violence.
The film’s studio, The Weinstein Company, released this statement after canceling the premier right after the Connecticut shootings:
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the tragedy in Newtown, CT and in this time of national mourning we have decided to forgo our scheduled event,” a spokesperson for The Weinstein Company said in a statement. ”However, we will be holding a private screening for the cast and crew and their friends and families.”
Jamie Foxx doesn’t agree with Jackson at all and says that we have a responsibility to address such matters as a society.
“We cannot turn our back and say that violence in films or anything that we do doesn’t have a sort of influence,” Foxx said to the Associated Press. “It does.”