In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Jamie Foxx discussed the influence that violent movies can have on people. The star of the violent Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained said that the entertainment industry should take responsibility.
"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 during promotion of the film. "It does."
Django Unchained, which premieres Dec. 25, features Foxx as a slave-turned-bounty hunter who's out to rescue his wife (played by Kerry Washington) from a plantation owner. Tarantino, whose other films include the super violent Kill Bill trilogy and Pulp Fiction, said he's tired of defending his films and that those who commit such crimes are the ones who should be held responsible.
Washington also added her thoughts on the link between violence in movies and violence in real life saying, "I do think that it's important when we have the opportunity to talk about violence and not just kind of have it as entertainment, but connect it to the wrongs, the injustices, the social ills."
Do you think violent movies really have an influence on the violent crimes committed in reality? Should Hollywood be blamed for these tragedies or should the finger be pointed solely on the perpetrator? Sound off in the comments.
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