The Brady Organization Asks Hollywood to Examine On-Screen Gun Violence – Deadline
The Brady Organization Against Gun Violence is calling on Hollywood writers, directors and producers to examine on-screen gun violence and depictions of gun safety, asking the creative community to sign a pledge that has already garnered more of 200 signatures of names such as Judd Apatow, Shonda Rhimes, Damon Lindelof and Jimmy Kimmel and the authors of Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The pledge, while noting that the “responsibility lies with the lax gun laws supported by those politicians who are more afraid of losing power than saving lives,” acknowledges that “American storytellers” have the power to “make things change”.
“Cultural attitudes towards smoking, drunk driving, seat belts and marriage equality have all evolved due in large part to the influence of movies and television. It’s time to take charge of gun safety,” Brady’s pledge states, and goes on to ask writers, directors, and producers, where possible, to:
- Be creative “to model responsible gun ownership and show the consequences of reckless gun use;” “make a conscious effort to show characters securely locking their weapons and making them inaccessible to children”;
- “Have at least 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 pledge further states: “We are under no illusions that these actions replace common sense gun legislation. Also, this list does not incorporate all shades of on-screen firearms. However, these are small things we can do as a community to try and end this national nightmare. If you are a writer, director or producer, join us by signing up here.
For more information on the pledge, visit Brady’s website here.
To date, the signatories of the commitment are:
Jennifer Flackett Levin
Eric Michel Garcia
R. Scott Gemmill
Ellen Goldsmith Vein
Javier Grillo Marxuach
Jimmy Kimmel and the writers of Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Elysa Koplovitz Dutton
Victor La Vallee
Randi Mayem Singer
Michael A. Ross
Claire Rudnick Polstein
Lauren Schmidt Hissrich
Patrick M. Verrone
Well of Llewelyn
David W. Zucker