President Donald Trump harshly criticized Hollywood on Friday, Aug. 9, at the time of the announcement of a violent movie called “The Hunt.”
Just days after the bloody shootings in Ohio and Texas, Universal Pictures executives launched the first round of promotional videos for the upcoming release, which is about leftist elites hunting and killing conservatives “as a sport.”
The film focuses on a retreat for the wealthy and progressive elite who engage in “hunting” the people they called the “deplorables” like animals.
“Deplorables” was the nickname chosen to call the conservatives who support President Trump. The name comes from the phrase “basket of deplorables” used by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a speech during her 2016 election campaign to describe President Trump’s supporters.
“Hollywood—I don’t call them elites, I think the elites are people they go after in many cases—Hollywood is really terrible,” the president said, speaking to reporters in the White House garden, according to Business Insider.
“You talk about racism, Hollywood is racist,” the president added without specifically mentioning the violent film.
“What they’re doing with the kind of movies they’re putting out is actually very dangerous for our country. What Hollywood is doing is a tremendous disservice to our country,” he concluded.
The film has raised enormous controversy in the conservative sphere, where it is claimed that the film promotes violence against people who hold opposing political views, Fox News reported.
Tim Young, a conservative political satirist who directs a humor program in The Daily Caller, told Fox News, “It’s remarkable to me that the left blames Donald Trump’s rhetoric for violence, then literally spends millions to normalize the killing of people based on politics.”
DePauw University professor and media critic Jeffrey McCall told Fox News that the film is “harmful to a culture that surely needs messages of unity and understanding” during the current climate.
President Trump said on Monday, “We must stop the glorification of violence in our society,” referring specifically to video games.
“It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence. We must stop or substantially reduce this, and it has to begin immediately,” he said.
For his part, the Archbishop of Philadelphia wrote, in reference to last weekend’s shootings, that he does not believe gun control solves the problem, which would be to treat the symptom without tackling the cause.
In his opinion, the cause of the problem lies in “the culture of sexual anarchy, personal excess, political hatreds, intellectual dishonesty, and perverted freedoms that we’ve systematically created over the past half-century,” he said in an article published on the website of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.