Fox News probably wasn’t expecting the blowback it’s getting in a thread on Twitter after it called attention in a tweet to the fact that Jamie Lee Curtis is seen brandishing weapons in her latest film, “Halloween,” even though she is an advocate for gun control.
Jamie Lee Curtis wields firearms in new 'Halloween' movie despite advocating for gun control https://t.co/OL2q5nXtUx
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 10, 2018
“Jamie’s got a gun in the latest ‘Halloween’ reboot,” the article says, before noting that it is in fact Curtis’s character, Laurie Strode, using a weapon in the film. The writer draws the conclusion that this shows Curtis “isn’t entirely anti-gun.”
Curtis herself responded to the criticism in real life.
“It was just silly, because they were trying to make a point without ever asking me what I really think,” she told USA Today on Wednesday. “And what I think might surprise them.”
Curtis explained that she’s not entirely anti-gun: “I am vocal about common-sense gun safety and gun laws. For instance, I fully support an assault weapon ban, I fully support a bump stock ban.”
“I fully support the Bill of Rights,” Curtis said. “And fully support the Second Amendment. And have absolutely no problem with people owning firearms if they have been trained, licensed, a background check has been conducted, a pause button has been pushed to give time for that process to take place. And they have to renew their license just like we do with automobiles — which are weapons also.”
Meanwhile, on the internet, Twitter users by the thousands pointed out that playing a fictional character with morals that may differ from her own is Curtis’s job as an actress.
Do u guys know what movies are
— Rogue WH Snr Advisor (@RogueSNRadvisor) October 10, 2018
It's a movie. She is an actor. They aren't real guns.
— Les Gillon (@LGillon2) October 10, 2018
Tfw you discover what acting is.
— the Ian-credible rhyme animal (@Big_Cat74) October 10, 2018
I think it's reasonable for an actor to play a murderer while being against murder.
— James Fahy (@jamesmfahy) October 10, 2018
And as Twitter users note, Curtis isn’t the only actor who has played characters with values that don’t match her own.
Anthony Hopkins eats people in classic suspense movie despite advocating vegetarianism https://t.co/Ap3kP7uchS
— Dusty (@DustinGiebel) October 10, 2018
Josh Brolin kills half of all living beings in "Avengers: Infinity War" despite not being a mass murderer https://t.co/EE5vm7TpwJ
— Sexy Jamie McKelvie (@McKelvie) October 10, 2018
Hypocrite Adam Driver claims to be against patricide
— Mark Eldritch (@quigonsmith) October 10, 2018
lady gaga plays an unfamous person in her new movie despite being very famous in real life https://t.co/XZ3pN1zYrJ
— Ziwe (@ziwe) October 10, 2018
Breaking news: Christian bale plays Batman despite not being a billionaire or a crime fighting vigilante
— Your Hoodrat NCO (@Trevorbiscuit) October 10, 2018
Alt Fox News headline:
“Sandra Bullock, Mindy Kaling and other women of Hollywood steal jewels from the NY MET in their new movie despite advocating for the rule of law.”
— Ryan Stephens (@rstefens) October 10, 2018
Tony Curtis strangles people in “The Boston Strangler” despite being firmly against the strangling of people in Boston.
— Douglas Allen Brod (@DougBrod) October 10, 2018
Trump gives lost Kevin McCallister directions in ‘Home Alone 2’, despite separating kids from their parents and locking them in cages in real life. https://t.co/GvX6bevxwe
— Sarah O'Connell (@SarahO_Connell) October 10, 2018
The sarcastic responses are only a part of the thread, which has become quite political. Although some have expressed disappointment that Curtis didn’t stick to her beliefs and turn down a role that depicted gun violence, others were quick to point out that Laurie Strode is likely to have the proper permits.
[Editor’s note: this post was originally published on Oct. 10, 2018.]
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