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MANILA, Philippines – Film director Quentin Tarantino said on Friday, January 4, that placing the blame on Hollywood films for the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School mars the memory of those who died in the tragedy.
Tarantino said in a radio interview that it was “annoying” how critics of his Django Unchained have dragged the film into the debate over gun control following the Newtown massacre in December.
“I’m really annoyed. I think it’s disrespectful. I think it’s disrespectful to their memory, the memory of the people who died, to talk about movies … Obviously, the issue is gun control and mental health,” Tarantino said.
Django Unchained in Tarantino’s western film that starred Christoph Waltz, Jami Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kerry Washington, Kurt Russell, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Samuel L. Jackson. The film is scheduled to be released on January 19.
Critics argued that the gun culture portrayed in Hollywood films contributes to real-life killings. The violent scenes from Django Unchained were even included in a video advocating for gun control in the United States.
The Newtown shooting rampage of Adam Lanza killed 20 children between 6 and 7 years old and several school officials including the principal and a school teacher. – Rappler.com