Liam Neeson made headlines recently by uttering the following nonsense:
Speaking at a press conference in Dubai for the launch of Taken 3 on Tuesday, Neeson offered an interviewer his opinion of his adopted home’s attitude to firearms.
‘There’s just too many [expletive] guns out there,’ said Neeson, who is reputed to have been paid $20 million for the new latest Taken installment.
‘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 [expletive] disgrace. Every week now we’re picking up a newspaper and seeing, ‘Yet another few kids have been killed in schools.’
Putting aside the hilariously wrong nonsense about kids being shot willy nilly in schools, it’s really astounding that someone who makes his living portraying a law-breaking, homicidal, Punisher-esque revenge fantasy can’t wrap his head around the fact that there’s a difference between reality and what he perceives.
Oh, it’s ok to take money killing people by the dozens on screen, but someone being able defend themselves against attackers is a disgrace? Naturally his excuse is that movies aren’t real.
Personally I’m tired of seeing this “entertainment isn’t real” cop out used by celebrities to excuse their hypocrisy. Media effects people; if it didn’t there wouldn’t be product placement in TV shows or movies, and Super Bowl commercials wouldn’t cost $4 million dollars. How many people watched Scarface and decided they wanted to be the gangster? Similarly, the “CSI Effect” can and does influence jury decisions.
It’s readily obvious that Neeson’s invective is merely a salve to assuage his own conscience; such rationalization is common in other contexts.