‘Girls’ star Lena Dunham has endorsed a call for US subway ads for the new Bourne movie featuring Matt Damon brandishing a gun to be defaced.
'Inside Amy Schumer’ and '30 Rock’ comedy writer Tami Sagher proposed the move yesterday via her Instagram account.
“Hey New Yorkers, what if we do some peeling & get rid of the guns in the Jason Bourne subway ads. So tired of guns,” she wrote.
The accompanying picture showed the Bourne poster with the gun peeled off, to reveal the image of the poster beneath.
Dunham then jumped in, reposting her photo, adding: “Good idea @tulipbone! Let’s go!”
It comes following a series of tragic gun-related events in the US, from the mass shooting in Orlando, and the murder of five police officers in Dallas, to the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police in Louisiana and Minnesota.
But it also clashes with Matt Damon’s recent remarks about the US gun laws.
While promoting the new Bourne movie in Australia, he praised the country for its repeal of gun laws in 1996 after a mass shooting in Tasmania. There’s not been a mass shooting in Australia since.
“You guys did it here in one fell swoop and I wish that could happen in my country, but it’s such a personal issue for people that we cannot talk about it sensibly. We just can’t,” Damon the Sydney Morning Herald.
“It’s wonderful what Australia did because you guys haven’t had a mass shooting since you went, 'No, we’re going to be sensible about this.’ And nobody’s rights have been infringed, you guys are all fine.”
He was slated for the remarks by pro-gun lobby groups, and yesterday at the movie’s premiere in London, he responded to the criticisms.
“What I’d said earlier in the week that I’d caught some flack for was that it is such a sensitive issue, that we can’t talk about it in our country. It’s very difficult for us to talk about it,” he told reporters.
“It’s very personal for people and very emotional. It would be great to have a sensible conversation about how to not infringe on people’s second amendment rights, which is very important to everybody, but somehow keep the guns away from people like (Sandy Hook killer) Adam Lanza, who are mentally unstable and will go and shoot up a classroom full of little kids.
“It’s such a toxic, radioactive subject that we can’t even talk about talking about it without people really getting worried and angry. It’s a very polarising topic, unfortunately.
“It would be great if somehow we coule figure out a way to protect our kids from people who are mentally unstable, or people who are on a terror watch list.”
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