Monday, February 23, 2015

Boycott Liam Neeson's "Run All Night"

Liam Neeson plays a ex-CIA agent that is continually using his "very particular skill set" in the movies, making good his threat,  "I will look for you, I will find you and I will kill you;" usually with guns a blazing. In other words in the real world, the  Liam Neeson character is a psychotic killer, looking to kill other psychotic killers, all in the name of entertainment, for which he gets paid millions of dollars ($20 million for his latest move Taken 3). So what does Liam Nelson think of America's Constitution?  "There’s too many fucking guns out there! ..Especially in America. I think the population is like, 320 million? There’s over 300 million guns. Privately owned, in America. I think it’s a fucking disgrace. Every week now we’re picking up a newspaper and seeing, ‘Yet another few kids have been killed in schools’." What are you talking about Liam? Gun violence in the US has been on the decline; by 50% in the last 20 years. Further, while certainly a tragedy, children being killed by guns in the US is an aberration; the real culprit is the court system's failure to aggressively enforce the current gun laws that already exist both state and federally. 

So does Liam Neeson  take any responsibility for the effect that his extreme violence in movies has had on society? No he simply chooses to ignore numerous studies show that children exposed to repeated violence can become desensitized to violence? "After the Jonesboro shootings, one of the high-school teachers told me how her students reacted when she told them about the shootings at the middle school. "They laughed," she told me with dismay. A similar reaction happens all the time in movie theaters when there is bloody violence. The young people laugh and cheer and keep right on eating popcorn and drinking pop. We have raised a generation of barbarians who have learned to associate violence with pleasure, like the Romans cheering and snacking as the Christians were slaughtered in the Coliseum."  Are We Conditioning Our Children to Commit Murder?


Liam Neeson's arrogant self serving response speaks volumes of his hubris,  A character like Bryan Mills going out with guns and taking revenge: it's fantasy. It's in the movies, you know? I think it can give people a great release from stresses in life and all the rest of it, you know what I mean? It doesn't mean they're all going to go out and go, 'Yeah, let's get a gun!  Sorry, Neeson but study after study says you are wrong and you are just rationalizing away any responsibility you have for the gun violence you portray with moral abandonment in your movies. Liam-Neeson-launches-expletive

To illustrate this, eOne Movies created a map to provide a handy rundown of all the countries and the number killed, just in case you were wondering like. There’s even a method key, for a more detailed insight into his characters’ murderous ways.


 http://thedailyedge.thejournal.ie/liam-neeson-kill-map-1688438-Sep2014/

 Gun Maker, PARA USA (whom supplied the guns for Taken 3) I think summed it up quite nicely,  “comments made by its Irish-born star during press junkets reflect a cultural and factual ignorance that undermines support of the Second Amendment and American liberties."

I will admit that I have enjoyed Liam Neeson's movies, but I have suddenly lost all interest in seeing them. It is obvious that America Exceptionalism is totally lost on someone that was raised in another country.  American Exceptionalism is not about a people believing their country superior, contrary to the President Obama once again misstating and then apologizing for an American world view he continually demonstrates he simply doesn't understand; unlike any other country, America was originated with the concept of self rule, individual rights and freedom (that makes America the exception to every other country, better by American standards, but certainly not superior). And just because someone is rich and famous, it doesn't give him opinions any more weight than any other non-American that thinks their worldview is superior (just ask Piers Morgan). It needs to be shown that if you come to America and talk trash about our liberties, it's going to cost you.

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