A slew of celebrities recently recorded a public service announcement sponsored by the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns on the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting — but the initiative is not sitting well with everyone and some are even calling them hypocrites.
Jessica Alba, Cameron Diaz, Victor Cruz, Selena Gomez, as well as several other actors appeared in the PSA demanding Washington to require a criminal background check for every gun sold in America, in addition to a ban on assault weapons and tighter federal restrictions on gun trafficking.
The demands echo those of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group featuring about 800 mayors across the country that wrote a letter to President Obama urging immediate action toward gun control.
“Together, we urge you to put forward an agenda that is rooted in common sense and that will make it harder for dangerous people to possess guns, and easier for police and prosecutors to crack down on them,” said the letter, as reported by The New York Daily News.
However, the union of Hollywood’s A-list demanding gun control is stirring some controversy. One gun rights activist had a message for the television and film actors calling for tighter laws: “Go f*** themselves.”
In another response, a YouTube video uploaded by user ma5one fired back at the “hypocrite celebrities and their anti-gun agenda” by editing the PSA with clips showing the same actors in violent movies. The new video has already garnered nearly 500,000 views.
“The video, however, doesn’t acknowledge that many of the celebrity film clips were of actors playing police, FBI agents or members of the military,” noted the Daily News. “It also identifies the celebrity PSA as ‘anti-gun,’ when the video, and the Mayors Against Illegal Guns campaign, actually calls for tighter gun control, including requiring a background check on every gun sold and a ban on high-capacity magazines.”
Jamie Foxx, one of the actors featured in the PSA, as well as the lead actor for the new film, “Django Unchained,” previously acknowledged violent movies might “influence” crime. The premier for “Django” was cancelled after the Sandy Hook shooting due to its violent themes.