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Jamie Foxx admits movie violence inspires real-life violence. Ya think, Jamie? Last week – before the Newton, Connecticut school shooting – he was on Saturday Night Live raving about how fun it was to “kill all the white people” in his latest flick, Django Unchained, probably the most violent movie of 2012, for which he is currently on the promotional circuit. He’s not stupid or hypocritical… he’s both.

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poppajoe49 December 16, 2012 at 7:21 pm

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Anyone surprised at the hypocrisy?

RobertW December 16, 2012 at 7:27 pm

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yes, surprised it’s become so blatantly obvious.

and i’ve never seen chainsaw massacre.
what has been seen cannot be unseen.

flashingscotsman December 17, 2012 at 9:38 am

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I don’t watch gore movies. Once you’ve seen enough of it in person, watching it on the big screen doesn’t hold your interest.

RobertW December 17, 2012 at 9:43 am

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i walked out of friday the 13th in 3-D, saw a great line queued to view the next showing. I was rather embarrassed because I felt those eyes were calling me a lightweight.

I’m glad to say i never watched movies of that nature on purpose again, save one, and that was… can’t recall the name

tutti effen fruity was a line in it.

edit
the devil’s rejects.

KimmyQueen December 16, 2012 at 7:23 pm

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Cultural things do affect or infect depending on what it is. However with that said it doesn’t mean that personal responsibility is not a factor. I can see Texas Chain Massacre and not hunt humans and wear their skin on my face. However, it IS infinetly better NOT to see that movie nor those types of movies in the first place, ESPECIALLY when a person is susceptible to violent movies. However at that point in time, it takes either a mature mind to know that about oneself or a vigilant parent or relative is at hand. In the end things will happen regardless of the origin, the important thing is not to do evil regardless of the influences.

As for Foxx he is an idiot, he is hypocritical but he is a liberal and Obama is his savior so I am not surprised.

Sidekick December 16, 2012 at 7:36 pm

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Couldn’t ask for a better example of the stupidity and hypocrisy of those on the left.

BobontheJob December 17, 2012 at 4:06 am

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Yeah, I can’t count the number of times I would watch the Roadrunner and then drop an anvil on my brother’s head. The trouble with idiots is they just won’t shut up.
You want nasty? Watch Bones, Criminal Minds, CSI – all prime time network TV. Watch the news – they show everything now. Desensitized means you don’t get grossed out as easily; it doesn’t mean you will now kill with no guilt or remorse. A movie, cartoon, or video game cannot do that to you.

perlcat December 17, 2012 at 7:53 am

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They cannot enable you to kill without remorse? I’m having trouble processing how being desensitized to violence can leave your ability to feel remorse for having inflicted grievous harm on another intact. If blood and gore become an abstract concept *even when in the process of producing it in others*, I’d have to say that by definition, there is no longer remorse — because of the sociopathic “no harm, no foul” perception.

That is the underlying insanity in things like the saying: “One death is a tragedy, one million is a statistic.” in its historical context.

Becoming desensitized removes one more barrier between one senseless act of violence, and a series of them. If that animal would have had remorse at what he’d done to his mother, he wouldn’t have continued on to the school. Maybe he’d have blown his fool head off, and twenty children would be going to school today that will never get excited for Christmas again, ever.

We need all these types of barriers we can get.

RobertW December 17, 2012 at 8:49 am

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twenty children would be going to school today that will never get excited for Christmas again, ever

in my world-view, those children are enjoying something so much better than anticipating xmas presents.
I think they’re in the best place, basking in the glory of the Almighty.

and i don’t mean the dollar.

Sidekick December 17, 2012 at 9:20 am

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No offense, Robert, I know that you are deeply religious but that is of no comfort to the families and that community.

RobertW December 17, 2012 at 9:38 am

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yeah i get it Sidekick.
frankly i don’t know anything to say to the bereaved, expressing condolences seems rather, ephemeral. I believe these survivors will console and condole one another, and pull through this tragedy, becoming, perhaps, more grateful for what they have. I would that this would be the last tragedy of this nature, but history would seem to indicate otherwise.

Sidekick December 17, 2012 at 10:51 am

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Did you see my uncle’s sermon I posted in “Tips”? He has been an Episcopal priest in Sandy Hook for decades. He struggles mightily in the video.

RobertW December 17, 2012 at 12:50 pm

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I couldn’t watch the whole vid.
Thank God brother Loring is there.
one of the first hymns i learned
Farther along we’ll no all about it
farther along we’ll understand why
cheer up my brother live in the sunshine
we’ll know about it. all by and by.

struggling to find the reason for cheer, or rather, optimism, and, having found it, learning how to get to that point where one can choose to be at the very least optimistic about the present, let alone the future.

this type of struggle is a hallmark of those who are NOT knee-jerk reactionaries. imo

Sidekick December 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm

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He is a brilliant man. Thanks for watching. Kills me to see him so overcome.

poppajoe49 December 17, 2012 at 5:23 pm

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It was very tough to get through.

MDLION December 17, 2012 at 1:14 pm

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Sidekick:”uncle’s sermon”

It must be very difficult for members of the clergy to know what to say to members of families whose loved ones have been taken away by unspeakable evil. The priest at Mass last night devoted his entire homily to the Connecticut shootings. I jotted down a few of his words in my pocket notebook:

“Life, life, precious life. It should be respected and honored and never ended in such a way. … At times of suffering like this, many of us ask, why? But some things just aren’t given for us to know on this earth. Do you know that Jesus went down into the deepest darkness possible when he said on the Cross, ‘My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?’… In our darkest moments, God comes. In our darkest moments he says to us, ‘Look up! Look up! Our faith transcends even death. … In Christ, we conquer all! … Come, Lord Jesus, come! Come into our darkness. Come to us at Christmas. Come with your Presence that consoles and lifts us up.”

Two good Scriptures to ponder at times of mysterious evil and suffering are Romans 8:28-39 and 2 Cor 4:7-12.

RobertW December 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm
JPTravis December 17, 2012 at 3:43 pm

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I’d like to see it, but I’m not sure how to find it. Do you have a link that will take me there, so I don’t have to search through five million pages of tips?

Sidekick December 17, 2012 at 5:29 pm
BobontheJob December 17, 2012 at 9:10 am

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So, what about Medical Examiners, doctors, nurses, social workers, EMTs…they are desensitized also. I don’t see them shooting people. My last job dealt primarily with workplace violence – predictive behaviors, prevention, etc. For most, it is an irrational act of suicide by a disturbed individual. Most go into with dying being the endgame. They usually kill themselves when the guns start pointing their way.
To much to write about it here, but this wasn’t about guns, movies, tv, or video games. It was a mother knowing her son exhibited abnormal and dangerous behaviors and not only exposed him to guns, but encouraged their use.
It is a sad, sad situation and American weeps for all of them.

JPTravis December 17, 2012 at 9:26 am

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Medical Examiners, doctors, nurses, social workers, and EMTs are exposed to the effects of violence, not desensitizing exposure to killing for entertainment. This kid in Newton apparently spent endless hours playing violent video games, which you should know are striving for more and more realism in their video presentations. I’m guessing those hours spent killing realistic humans for fun was a bigger cause for what happened Friday than his mother taking him to a firing range to teach him discipline and give him some sort of physical activity.

flashingscotsman December 17, 2012 at 9:49 am

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EMTs, medical examiners, etc. don’t get giddy and jump and down while doing their jobs, as many do while playing these games or watching these movies.

Yes, they do get to the point where they can joke about it, but it’s a defense mechanism. They don’t really see humor in the carnage. I’ve seen some pretty gruesome stuff, but my lady, who has been an EMT and is now an RN, has seen stuff that would throw me into a deep depression.

perlcat December 17, 2012 at 10:23 am

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There’s an issue ownership problem with video game violence. My fave cartoon about it: http://partiallyclips.com/2004/04/08/virtual-reality/

A parent that allows their child to become so desensitized is probably the single worst person to do the needful when their child shows warning signs that they are dangerously mentally ill. What parent can face the responsibility of their own contribution to the problem, and admit to the world “He’s my kid, he’s hopelessly broke, and I played a role in it. Now I have to do something.”? Hell, they can’t even admit that to themselves.

I freely admit that I don’t know the full details of this situation — I refuse to follow the news about such until a week or so has passed. There’s a push for morbid details that does not take truth or any humanitarian considerations into account.

A person that likes these sorts of video games is also desensitized to the point where their moral yardstick ain’t worth a damn. I had a friend that adopted two little boys — one 6 and the other 4, and he was telling me about how they watched Jurassic Park together. He was shocked when I told him that that constituted child abuse in my opinion.

If we are such an enlightened society that we don’t think 4 and 6 year-old children have the mental tools to drink alcohol or know about sex, why would we think it is appropriate for them to deal with death and violence — especially violence they can perpetrate on their own without adult supervision?

Why would a person who may enjoy these as an adult think they are appropriate for children?

MDLION December 17, 2012 at 1:24 pm

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It is now reported that Adam Lanza was obsessed with a very violent video game. I’m not saying video games cause violence, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they have some kind of influence on the unstable and troubled.

I’m sure Jamie Foxx will be given the liberal talking points. Smoking ads make young people smoke. Alcohol ads make young people drink. The defense of the Pro-Life position causes violence at abortion mills. But the sex and violence in movies and television shows has no effect on anyone.

JPTravis December 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm

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And lest anybody miss the point, the video game industry and the movie industry are one and the same now, intertwined to the point where you can’t tell which is the chicken and which is the egg. Was Doom a movie first or a video game first? How about Predators? If you watch a hit movie it’s probably also available as a video game. I guaran-damn-tee you Django Unchained will be a video game soon if it’s not already.

drb December 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm

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They were books/stories first. Lets ban the writing of books and the telling of stories!!!!!!

RobertW December 17, 2012 at 3:58 pm

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tax pencils!

perlcat December 17, 2012 at 6:35 pm

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I know! The federal government can put a tax on every single document. Call it a “Stamp Tax”. That oughta work well.

(After all, if they went to public schools, they’ll have no idea about remembering history and how a certain Santayana quote goes.)

flashingscotsman December 18, 2012 at 11:05 am

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Just put up a sign at the entrance to the school. “No video game players allowed”

RobertW December 18, 2012 at 11:47 am

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ban pixels!

Progressive Hemrrhoid December 17, 2012 at 4:08 pm

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Over the last 20 or so years Movies, Television, and Video Games have become virtual bloodbaths. No plots, just gore. And to add insult to injury, we also have some so called musical acts that glorify violence.
But rather then blame the culture these animals have created, lets ban the tool used in the crime.

RobertW December 17, 2012 at 4:15 pm

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rosemary’s baby, carrie, friday the turdteenf, wait til your father gets home, dawn of the dead…

all older than 20 years mate.

OH indiana jones raiders of the lost ark, when toht got melted????

Elrond Hubbard December 18, 2012 at 12:20 pm

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…and don’t forget Night of the Living Crash Test Dummies.

RobertW December 18, 2012 at 1:01 pm

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