Thursday, October 27, 2005

Hollywood Hypocrites and Scumbags

You can sort out which ones are the scumbags--but MOST of these are just hypocrites.

PISTOL-packing Joe Mantegna is blasting a chink in the politically correct armor of some Hollywood heavyweights - he says they love to own and shoot guns. The "Joan of Arcadia" star says that such left-leaning showbiz types as Steven Spielberg, Leonardo DiCaprio and playwright David Mamet are all avid shooters. "Lots of guys in Hollywood love to shoot, " Mantegna, a longtime gunsportsman, tells Fade In magazine. "But they ain't gonna talk to you."

"Apocalypse Now" screenwriter John Milius agrees. "It's fascinating that Hollywood is so hypocritical," he says. "Many people own [guns], but consistently vote against them and never talk about them. I used to shoot with Spielberg and [Robert] Zemeckis and Robert Stack [Stack was an outstanding trap-shooter--and NOT a hypocrite--Ed.]. But no one else would admit they had any."

Producer/manager Jay Bernstein, who shepherded Farrah Fawcett and Linda Evans to fame, carries a gun in public and is prone to flashing it at Hollywood parties. But even he won't confirm that he has a Carry Concealed Weapons permit."

It's one of the most uncomfortable subjects," Bernstein says, "because'anti-gun' is more popular than 'gun' in Los Angeles." As if to illustrate Bernstein's point, well-known gun enthusiasts BenAffleck, Charlie Sheen, Tom Selleck [Not a hypocrite; Tom's on the NRA Board] and Steven Seagal wanted nothing to do with Fade In's story.

Even gung-ho action director Richard Donner ("Lethal Weapon"), who has a concealed weapon permit, was reluctant to talk. "I am anythingbut a gun enthusiast," he said in a terse statement. "The only reason I would ever own a gun is for the protection of my home, my environment or my family under the circumstances in which I am forced to live."

Fade In says Seagal, Sylvester Stallone, music mogul Tommy Mottola and billionaire Kirk Kerkorian are among a mere 500 people licensed to carry a gun in public in Los Angeles County (pop. 9.8 million).

Meanwhile, those who can legally pack heat in New York include Donald Trump, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Seagram owner Edgar Bronfman, Howard Stern, Don Imus, State Senate Majority Leader JoeBruno, Bronx Supreme court judge Richard L. Price and defense lawyer Barry Slotnick. . . .

Donner, whose quote is in red above, does not necessarily believe that YOUR family should be protected....

HT: John Lott

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love this post!! I also have some fuel I can add to the fire. I used to work with a woman whose husband was a chauffeur for all the bigwigs that ran the Los Angeles Times newspaper. He had an extensive law enforcement background and worked for them for many years.
The Times anti-gun stance, when printing articles, is legendary and pro-gun leaning articles are rarely if ever published. I was told by this person that, at that time, all the Times bigwigs carried guns!!! Wow, didn't see that one coming, did you? LOL!!

Just had to share!