WaPo Movie Critic Links Mass Murderer to Judd Apatow Movies
A “Kelly File” panel tonight weighed in on a Washington Post column that suggests that Hollywood influenced the Santa Barbara shooter.
How many students watch outsized frat-boy fantasies like “Neighbors” and feel, as Rodger did, unjustly shut out of college life that should be full of “sex and fun and pleasure”? How many men, raised on a steady diet of Judd Apatow comedies in which the shlubby arrested adolescent always gets the girl, find that those happy endings constantly elude them and conclude, “It’s not fair”?
Movies may not reflect reality, but they powerfully condition what we desire, expect and feel we deserve from it. The myths that movies have been selling us become even more palpable at a time when spectators become their own auteurs and stars on YouTube, Instagram and Vine. If our cinematic grammar is one of violence, sexual conquest and macho swagger — thanks to male studio executives who green-light projects according to their own pathetic predilections — no one should be surprised when those impulses take luridly literal form in the culture at large.
Media Research Center President Brent Bozell said that suggesting that this kind of programming leads someone to commit violence is a “garbled, anti-male, pro-feminist, wacko belief system.”
Radio host Richard Fowler said Hollywood movies have defined masculinity as violence and hatred toward women.
Watch Trace Gallagher's report and the full panel discussion above. Sound off in the comments below.