Hollywood Stars Sign Open Letter Calling for Changes to On-Screen Gun Violence,Jimmy Kimmel, Amy Schumer, and Judd Apatow are among those who collectively penned an open letter calling for changes to gun safety in movies and TV.
Frequent mass shootings in America have many Hollywood creators banding together to examine how violence is portrayed on screen. An open letter described as the #ShowYourSafety pledge has been released, signed by around 200 entertainers suggesting that the time has come to take gun violence in movies and television more seriously. Many familiar names are included on the list, such as Jimmy Kimmel, Shonda Rhimes, Judd Apatow, Amy Schumer, Eli Roth, Julianne Moore, Grant Heslov, and Mark Ruffalo, among many others. The letter reads:
“Like most of America, we are enraged by the recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde. Considering there have been over 250 other mass shootings so far this year, it’s an almost incomprehensible tragedy. Something needs to be done. Guns are prominently featured in TV and movies in every corner of the globe, but only America has a gun violence epidemic. The responsibility lies with lax gun laws supported by those politicians more afraid of losing power than saving lives.”
The open letter goes on to recognize how stigmatizing certain behaviors in fiction can result in real-life changes for the better, stressing that Hollywood storytellers can make creative changes to how gun violence is portrayed on screen. Ideally, doing the same with gun violence will improve real-life gun safety measures as well.