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Matthew McConaughey's And Killer Joe Director Don't Blame Violent Movies For Colorado Shooting

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Last Friday's shooting spree inside of a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises has prompted the usual response from the public — who should we blame?

Some are pointing their fingers at violence portrayed in film and television, while others are blaming gun control. With the tragedy occurring just a week before the release of Matthew McConaughey's NC-17 trailer park noir, Killer Joe, the actor and the film's director have weighed in on the debate.

William Friedkin, an Oscar-winning filmmaker who most famously scared the crap out of us with his interpretation of The Exorcist, sided with gun control and stated:

"I’m clearly on the side of the argument that say we simply reflect [violence in society]. That crazy motherf—– [in Colorado] had an AR-47 and 6000 rounds of ammunition. Anybody who would point the finger at us and our little fried chicken movie, as opposed to the ability to buy 6000 rounds of ammunition, is out of their goddamn mind."

He didn't hold back, now did he?

Remaining slightly more elusive, McConaughey believes the answer to the question isn't necessarily so simple.

He explains that, first and foremost, our society needs to stop labeling real-life acts of horrific violence as "unbelievable" and start believing that bad things will happen. However, he admits he can't possibly suggest a solution and elaborates:

"Well, it’s a lot longer answer than I can give you now, but I will just say that is, one thing that we shouldn’t be saying in society when something like that happens anymore, we shouldn’t be saying ‘unbelievable.' It happens, and we don’t know the answer to it right now, but there’s definitely, people now more than ever, people can make a very murky line between reality and illusion. They can make a very murky line between the games that are played and civilization, without any thought of consequences at times. And so, that’s a murky line and a dangerous line that we should consider somehow."

We agree that the answer is not so simple and can't place any blame, if any at all, on a single scapegoat. What side of the debate are U on? Let us know (below)!

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21 comments to “Matthew McConaughey's And Killer Joe Director Don't Blame Violent Movies For Colorado Shooting”



  1. 1

    It's the food, medicine, environment. Certain chemicals, just dont belong in our bodies. I mean you see them everyday on tv ads, they say that the meds can KILL YOU. But they say it in such a polite tone (to trick you), that many people don't even pay attention to it. If they can kill your ass, they sure can mess you up mentally. I've seen things being cured that you wouldn't even think could be cured with raw vegan, organic foods. Just putting tons more raw fruits and veggied in your diet, can eliminate so much crap from your body. I don't blame the movies either. Billions of people watch the same things, play the same video games.



  2. 2

    I DON'T BLAME VIOLENT MOVIES FOR WHAT HAPPENED IN COLORADO AND EVERYWHERE ELSE IN THE COUNTRY…..
    I BLAME THE GOVERNMENT FOR NOT HAVING BETTER GUN CONTROL LAWS…
    ANYONE AND I MEAN ANYONE IS CAPABLE OF BUYING A GUN…
    YOU CAN WALK INTO A GUN STORE TWITCHING AND LOOKING INSANE AND THEY DON'T GIVE A SHIT ASLONG AS YOU PAY THE MONEY….
    ONLY PEOPLE WITH A LOOSE SCREW FINDS THE NEED TO HAVE GUNS..
    LOOK AT HUNTERS, THEY FIND PLEASURE IN KILLING AND ANIMAL AND HANGING IT ON THEYRE FUCKING WALL.. AND THEY CALL THAT A HOBBY..
    HOW ABOUT CALLING THEM FUCKING FREAKS AND SICK BASTARDS..
    INSTEAD YOU CALL THEM HUNTERS….
    THEY NEED TO HUNT EACH OTHER AND DO US A FAVOR AND MOUNT THEMSELVES INSTEAD OF AN INNOCENT ANIMAL..

  3. Centennial says – reply to this


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    When I watch American Idol I think I can sing. When I watch So You Think You Can Dance I think I can dance. When I watch The Good Wife I feel smarter and think I am a lawyer. There is no doubt entertainment affects ME and I am sure I am not the only one. So if we are affected by things like these, how is it any different with violence??

  4. Cassie says – reply to this


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    Uhm… Blaming movies… Are you kidding me? What about the fact that guns are completly acceptable in the USA. Their's just something wrong with that mentality.
    There's the obvious connection between those guns that are SO available and the fact that the USA is the only country in our western civilisation were shootings and so many deaths at once are (still shocking) but not that much of an exeption any more!
    What's wrong with your government?

  5. Jham says – reply to this


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    Clearly the director is hyper-defensive and loses all credibility. It is scientifically PROVEN, and not even a question of debate, that violent movies and video games influence children. American children and adolescents spend more than 90 hours a month watching television, according to the Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. They become desensitized to violence, lose empathy and become isolated. Let's also throw out the argument that "Well the parents should watch their kids 24/7" because that's a physical impossibility in this day and age, with many parents barely keeping a roof over their kid's heads. Many of these shows are TARGETED to children, video games are TARGETED to children. To make this about "guns" is utterly irresponsible.

  6. Jham says – reply to this


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    Re: Cassie – In fact there is a negative correlation to violent crime and gun sales. As gun sales increase, violent crimes decrease. This has nothing to do with my 80 year old grandmother having a pistol in her nightstand. The Oklahoma City Bomber used a rental truck wired with explosives, 9/11 was carried out with box cutters. To focus SOLELY on the HOW and not the WHY is utterly insane non-productive.

  7. Cassie says – reply to this


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    Then how come most of the high school shootings or cinema shootings or … happen in the USA?



  8. 8

    There's a town here in Georgia that REQUIRES every household to have a gun, mandatory gun ownership. That town, Kennesaw, Ga, has one of the lowest crime rates in the country. I wonder why??
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    Something like the Aurora incident would never happen there. Seems criminals dislike death just as much as law-abiding citizens.

  9. Jham says – reply to this


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    In 1975, from coast to coast, beach towns reported a sharp decline in tourism and in beach attendence that continued for years. What happened in the Summer of 1975? The release of Jaws. These are ADULTS . . . who KNEW it was a mechanical shark. But that movie was able to instill a level of (illogical) fear through emotional manipulation to alter the behavior of mass groups of adults. Even today, nervous references to the movie can be overheard at virtually any beach. To say that movies do not affect behavior is a LIE. Anybody that says that knows it. Now imagine a child, who's brain is not developed, seeing violence everywhere on TV and in movies, even in CHILDREN'S movies, Cars 2 was incredibly violent (Watch Cars 2 and count the many of times you hear the word "kill." After that movie, my 4 year old nephew asked what kill meant). There are many other problems with our society that need addressing, but taking the masochistic sick violent gore out of movies . . . or at least main stream and leaving it to snuff creeps . . . would be a very nice start.

  10. Jham says – reply to this


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    Re: Cassie – Oh I don't know, maybe because we have a perverse death obsessed culture? (see Nicki Minaj/Rhinna/Madonna/Gangsta Rap) Maybe because parents in the U.S. get less vacation time than anywhere in the civilized world and typically work 12 hours per day? Maybe because parents have no time to spend with thier kids and so their kids play video games and watch tv and don't get emotionally developed? Maybe it's because we have the shortest maternity-time allowance in the civilized world and children aren't bonding with thier families? Forget mandated paternity time.

  11. Jham says – reply to this


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    Re: Cassie – or maybe trinigirl123 is right, and that the chemicals in the food and water are affecting our population. Did you you know that almost every country in Europe has MANDATED GMO labeling and outlaws flouride in the water. Not here. In Europe, less than 30% of their food is genetically modified. Here, you ask? Over 80% of the food on our shelves are genetically modified. And Monsanto is fighting California TOOTH and NAIL to keep from being required to label GMO food.

  12. fid says – reply to this


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    I watch violence and have never had the urge to harm anyone. I think we generally want to make excuses in Western civilization. Sometimes people just don't have a conscience and want to inflict pain on others. Just like when someone commits suicide, some of them do it in privacy, others want to scar as many people as possible in the process. Some people are selfish and others are giving. Americans love their right to bare arms, maybe instead of worrying so much about this portion of their constitution that is completely outdated, they should consider that being able to buy ammunition online is crazy? That being able to buy assault weapons is crazy? I get it, you love your guns, fine have a regular pistol but why do you need armour piercing bullets? Why do you need assault weapons that can shoot 100 bullets in a matter of minutes? Time to really reflect as a country, but of course there will just be the usual republican/democrat finger pointing liberal/nra finger pointing. You guys are in dire need of solutions but people are so consumed with not straying past their strange boxes.

  13. fid says – reply to this


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    And instead of adults placing the blame game on entertainment, maybe they should consider maybe restricting what their children watch and oh I don't know..PARENTING?? Why is a kid allowed to sit infront of a tv and play violent video games for 5 hours every day? Why was therhe a 6 year old at the midnight screening of a movie like the DKR? Those things are baffling to me. If you need your TV to babysit your child, maybe you should've never had kids

  14. Jham says – reply to this


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    Re: fid – See previous comments. The second amendment was written as a safeguard to tyranny period. I am not a republican or democrat. But with our ever growing police state, attacks on the second amendment are worrisome. I'm all for background checks, but to say guns guns this is all about guns is untrue and irresponsible. This guy was going to kill a large group of people, either through his homemade bombs - which could have been worse - or with guns.

  15. WAHHHHHHHH! says – reply to this


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    are people really that stupid to think that violence in movies and video games has no influence??? you must be joking…..we are saturated with this bullshit and this is what is fed to us almost from the moment we are born…..it absolutely has a negative affect on us….is it the entire problem, of course not, but it is definately part of the problem, to argue against this is just down right stupid.

  16. WAHHHHHHHH! says – reply to this


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    and one has to think…..we like to watch movies where people slaughter each other and we laugh at all the blood and call this entertainment….think about it….what is wrong with this picture…fake or not, why is the portrail of death and violence entertaining?? what is wrong with us that seeing violence and sex and death and destruction in movies is enjoyable….yet when something happens in real life we moan and cry and freak out about it….doesnt really make much sense, does it…..the only reason these so called actors and producers are so quick to deny their part is because then they hold no accountability and have no sense of responsibility.

  17. Jham says – reply to this


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    Re: WAHHHHHHHH! – It's because they know it's true. And to accept responsibility would mean that they would have to change their behavior and that would cost them alot of money. It's all about the benjamins . . . as usual.

  18. WAHHHHHHHH! says – reply to this


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    re: Jham….exactly right…..and they are so furious about their denial too…like the guy in this story….if you are not feeling guilty, why be so agitated??? why so angry and upset?? its the guilty ones that are always the most vocal in their denial…people who are content in their innocence usually dont spend much time defending themselves because they have peace inside and dont have to prove anything

  19. WAHHHHHHHH! says – reply to this


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    re: fid……i agree with the parenting responsibility….over the last few days ive been reading a lot on different sites about why God would let a 6 year old die….i pose a different question…..why the fuck was a 6 year old at a violent movie at midnight when she should have been home safe in bed…..i wonder when people will start taking responsibility for what is happening in the world these days.



  20. 20

    AMERICANS LOVE KILLING EACH OTHER. What other country has massacres every other year? Get rid of the gun, get rid of the problem. Am I the only only one who sees this?



  21. 21

    Come on people put the blame where it really belongs and that would be in humanity. Violence is in our nature and you can get a good long history that proves it…way before there were movies and guns to try and blame.