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.
The frequent mass shootings in America have caused many Hollywood creators to band together to examine how violence is portrayed on screen. An open letter described as the #ShowYourSafety Pledge has been released, signed by around 200 artists suggesting that now is the time to take gun violence in film and TV more seriously. Many household names feature on the list, such as Jimmy Kimmel, Shonda Rhimes, Judd Apatow, Amy Schumer, Eli Roth, Julianne Moore, Grant Heslov, and Mark Ruffalo, among others. The letter reads as follows:
“Like most of the United States, we are enraged by the recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde. Considering there have been more than 250 other mass shootings so far this year, it’s a tragedy almost incomprehensible. Something has to be done. Guns feature prominently in TV and movies across the globe, but only America is experiencing an epidemic of gun violence. The blame lies with lax gun laws. fire supported by these politicians who are more afraid of losing power than of saving lives.
The open letter goes on to acknowledge how stigmatizing certain behaviors in fiction can lead to positive changes in real life, pointing out that Hollywood storytellers can make creative changes to the way gun violence is depicted on screen. Ideally, doing the same with gun violence will also improve actual gun safety measures.
“We didn’t cause the problem, but we want to help solve it. As American storytellers, our goal is primarily to entertain, but we also recognize that stories have the power to change things. smoking, drink-driving, seat belts, and marriage equality have all evolved largely through the influence of movies and television.It’s time to tackle gun safety .
The Goal Isn’t To Remove Guns From Movies And TV Shows Outright
The open letter states that the idea is not “to stop showing guns on screen, but rather to ask filmmakers to “pay attention to gun violence on screen and model the best gun safety practices” and “to use our collective power for good”. Some examples were also listed as ways for content creators to better reflect gun safety in movies and shows. violent television programs, which are:
- Use our creativity to model responsible gun ownership and show the consequences of reckless gun use. We will make a conscious effort to show characters securely locking their weapons and making them inaccessible to children.
- At least have a conversation during pre-production regarding how weapons will be portrayed on screen and consider alternatives that could be used without sacrificing narrative integrity.
- Limit scenes involving children and guns, bearing in mind that guns are now the leading cause of death among children and adolescents.
The statement adds:
“We are under no illusions that these actions supersede common sense gun legislation. Also, this list does not incorporate every nuance of firearms on display. However, this are small things we can do as a community to try to end this national nightmare.”
With so many Hollywood stars already signing their names, we’ll likely see some of these changes make their way into upcoming movies and shows.