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‘We don’t need guns,’ says maker of ultra-violent movies


It is said that movie producer Harvey Weinstein came through his midlife crisis intact.

His statements recently about wishing dead the people at the National Rifle Association might argue the point, however.

In case you missed it, Weinstein told radio personality Howard Stern that he was going to make a movie to destroy the National Rifle Association.

“I don’t think we need guns in this country. And I hate it. I think the NRA is a disaster area. … I’m going to make a movie with Meryl Streep, and we’re going to take this head-on. And they’re going to wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them. …

Breaking Reality Check: Weinstein has produced every one of Quentin Tarantino’s movies. These movies feature extreme use of guns and violence.

You can review a list of them here.

Of particular note is the film “Inglorious Basterds,” a revenge fantasy in which one is treated to the idea of what might have happened had the Jews in Nazi Germany fought back. (I loved the movie, BTW, as I do all of Tarantino’s work.)

Stern asked Weinstein about the inconsistency of that, to which Weinstein said — and I kid you not — that it’s OK to use a gun “when you’re marching a half of a million people into Auschwitz.”

But the key point is, dear Mr. Weinstein, that the government had long ago confiscated guns from Jews and the general population. How do you “use a gun” and fight back when the guns are confiscated.

Don’t know how Weinstein comes to grips with that simple truth. Think he should, though, before he embarrasses himself (and Meryl Streep) any more than he already has.

UPDATE: After I and others pointed out how thoroughly embarrassing Harvey Weinstein made himself look by his statements about guns on the Stern radio show, Weinstein had a change of heart.

“They have a point,” he said. “You have to look in the mirror, too. I have to choose movies that aren’t violent or as violent as they used to be. I know for me personally, you know, I can’t continue to do that. The change starts here. It has already. For me, I can’t do it. I can’t make one movie and say this is want I want for my kids and then just go out and be a hypocrite.”

We will see.