For one, there’s the obvious and almost comical hypocrisy. Weinstein’s profited immensely from portraying graphic gun violence in films such as “Kill Bill” and “Pulp Fiction.”
His sudden attack of social conscience is astounding and curiously timed. In the same Morgan interview, he says he’ll stop making movies that glamorize guns. But according to Internet Movie Database, “Kill Bill Vol. 3” and “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” are in the works. Maybe he means starting … now.
For another thing, overtly ideological films — think “Rendition” and “Lions for Lambs” — bomb at the box office. Theatergoers don’t want to be lectured by Hollywood for two hours on what they think is wrong with the country.
If we’re to assume Weinstein is motivated by a deep concern about gun violence (and not sheer arrogance), then it’s also worth pointing out that he’s got the wrong target. The NRA represents law-abiding gun owners, not criminals. A gangbanger in Chicago doesn’t care about the NRA, isn’t motivated or supported by the NRA, and may not even know what the NRA is. In vowing to take down this powerful organization supported by millions of law-abiding citizens, Weinstein will simply end up empowering and emboldening it.